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John Lynch does not believe in momentum heading into 2018, but does believe good things are happening

The 49ers finished 2017 strong, but GM John Lynch wants to make sure we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

Do you believe in momentum? Do you think the San Francisco 49ers strong finish to the 2017 season is something they can carry into the 2018 season?

As one would expect, general manager John Lynch is inclined to pump the brakes. He has been effusive in his praise of Jimmy Garoppolo, but he also recognizes there is no need to create potentially unrealistic expectations for the 49ers this coming season.

In a recent interview with KNBR, Lynch was talking about Jimmy Garoppolo and the buzz and expectations that were created with his strong finish. Lynch acknowledged Jimmy G’s performance was remarkable given how he was thrown in the proverbial deep end. However, Lynch also talked about the importance of taking a step back and re-focusing heading into 2018.

I think the one thing we have to get refocused on is that, that’s all it is. That’s last season. If you look at the standard-bearer in our league, the Patriots, one thing they talk about more than anybody is, each year is a new story — and you re-write it. And, do I believe in momentum going into next season? No, but I believe in the reality that some good things were happening, including Jimmy, including a lot of young players stepping up and playing — including players understanding what the coaches wanted out of them.

So, those are good signs, but we’re gonna have to, we’re going to go in with a new team. That’s the reality of this league, and we’ve got a lot of improvements to make. We were a 6-10 team. I think we were 1-5 in our division. That’s not good enough. Your first goal is always to win your division, so there’s a lot to be improved upon. We’re enjoying the time off but eager in getting back to work.

It is easy to be optimistic heading into the 2018 offseason. The five-game winning streak has people thinking maybe the 49ers have their quarterback of the future. The team could be looking at the most cap space in the league when free agency rolls around in March, and they have four picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft, including a top ten pick in the first round. It’s easy to be optimistic about what this all could mean for 2018.

We’ve had a lot of fun with the 49ers closing success in December, and we will continue to do so in the seemingly interminable offseason. Optimism remains high, but Lynch does raise a good point. It won’t stop us from going crazy if the 49ers are particularly aggressive in free agency, but I suppose we can keep this in the back of our head until the team returns to action this fall.