Good morning and happy March, folks. 49ers GM John Lynch held a press conference from the combine in Indianapolis, and in the process, made a few waves. The big scoop of the day is invariably Lynch’s tepid justification as to why LB Reuben Foster wasn’t given the Tramaine Brock treatment.
At the end of the day, nobody should be surprised by this. Brock was shortly released because at that point, his level of talent simply did not justify taking on the media circus or the availability issues. Foster is a superstar in the making, and the team made the obvious football decision here. I’m not saying I condone it, but I can understand the “why”. Anyway, I’d expect that Lynch starts to take some heat within the upcoming days. It’s probably going to be a bloodbath.
In other, far less sensational news, former NFL linebacker DeMeco Ryans was promoted to ILB coach. This comes on the heels of the Ken Norton Jr. episode (signing with the team only to leave for the Seahawks shortly after), facilitating the promotion of the former Quality Control coach. Furthermore, good news for Trent Brown, as he’s ‘ahead of schedule’ in his recovery from season-ending shoulder surgery. He will be eligible for an extension this upcoming offseason, but he is also expected to miss the voluntary workouts in the spring.
Finally, Eli Harold was mentioned as someone who will likely get a crack at working out as the LEO. Naturally, this means that he’ll be retiring this offseason to join the ministry.
10 Updates from John Lynch | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area
Options at Elephant include Eli Harold | Barrows, Sac Bee
Trent Brown ‘ahead of schedule’ in recovery from shoulder surgery | Biderman, Ninerswire
Kawakami: “They literally almost said those words” cue Curb Your Enthusiasm theme | Moore, KNBR