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Shanaplan: How much do you trust John Lynch if Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew leave?

Is he ready to ride without his right hand men?

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When John Lynch was hired as the general manager of the 49ers four seasons ago, many people were skeptical. I was among them. Lynch had never been a general manager before and was serving as a television analyst for Fox at the time. No one else was even considering Lynch as a GM - in fact he flat out called Kyle Shanahan and asked him for the job. Optimists pointed out that Lynch would be okay because the team also hired experienced personnel executives Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew to serve as lieutenants who would show Lynch the ins-and-outs of the job. About 36 months after that group was brought together, the 49ers were in the Super Bowl. Now that Peters and Mayhew could be leaving, is John Lynch ready to jump into the job without a net?

“How can you trust John Lynch to backfill the scouting department when he’s had no scouting experience,” Akash Anavarathan said on today’s Shanaplan podcast, “He comes from playing and broadcast experience so, it’s an interesting situation and I’m curious to see how it plays out from there.”

Thanks for that, Akash - as if we needed more things to worry about this offseason! There haven’t been any rumors about what the 49ers would do if Peters and Mayhew leave, but this is also a regime known for its discretion, so that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have contingency plans.

Be sure to take a listen to the rest of Kyle and Akash’s conversation by clicking on the player below:

Other topics in the episode:

  • Should Robert Saleh take the Jets’ head coaching job?
  • If Peters and Mayhew leave, does that change the 49ers’ plan at quarterback?
  • Could the Colts steal Trent Williams away from the 49ers?
  • Why is Javon Kinlaw carrying a squirrel in his mouth, and does that matter?