The San Francisco 49ers kick off the new John Lynch/Kyle Shanahan regime on Sunday when they face the Carolina Panthers. The duo have a full offseason and preseason under their belt, but Week 1 is when we really start to get an idea of how things might play out.
The Shanahan hiring was not surprising, as he was one of the biggest names on the market. However, the Lynch hiring caught almost everybody off guard. He approached Shanahan about potentially pairing with him, and he made sure the 49ers kept it under lock and key until a deal was done.
So far things seem to be working out, but things could have ended up considerably different. Jason La Canfora is reporting the 49ers “nearly completed contracts” with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and personnel executive Nick Caserio.
I have no idea what “nearly completed contracts” actually means, but the 49ers were very much pursuing both Patriots. There had been a lot of talk about Louis Riddick being paired with McDaniels, but the longer this has gone on, the more it seems like Riddick was not truly in the mix.
We’ll never know how that works out for a couple reasons. The first is we hope that Shanahan and Lynch are going to be around for the long haul. The offseason and preseason have gone fairly well, and while the team has a lot of questions heading into the 2017 season, they seem to be moving in the right direction. The second is that I have to think McDaniels and/or Caserio are getting new work somewhere sooner rather than later. I would not be surprised if one or both gets a new job next offseason.
Whatever the case, I think things are working out OK so far!