Interestingly, hiring Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch isn’t considered the most impactful move, despite other teams getting that kind of treatment. The Los Angeles Rams hired Sean McVay to be their new head coach, and the ESPN article picked that move as their most impactful.
Of course, the Rams are a much better team than the 49ers are right now, and much of that can be attributed to the strong coaching of McVay, but the move seems to imply that Shanahan is a significant part of the 49ers’ struggles this season, which I don’t see. I can’t see how the lack of drafting a quarterback does more for the 49ers than hiring a new head coach and general manager.
Then again, maybe that would be a safe, boring answer for the 49ers. There is nothing to show on the field that Shanahan was a good hire, nor is there any strong moves from Lynch early on. There are plenty here who have confidence in those two as a pairing, as do I, but for now there is no real proof that this is working.
The 49ers' decision to not draft any of the quarterbacks available until taking C.J. Beathard in the third round set an early course for the organization under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers wound up trading for Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo following an 0-8 start to the season. They still could be in the mix for Washington's Kirk Cousins or a current college quarterback. None of these options would seem as realistic if the team had drafted Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes in the first round.
That’s what they have to say about the impact of not drafting a quarterback for the 49ers. Do you agree that this was their biggest decision, and that they are on the right track because of it?