In what was being called a surprise move, Fox analyst and former NFL player, John Lynch, was named general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, USA Today reported.
In a shocking move, the 49ers hired the nine-time Pro Bowl safety to replace the recently fired Trent Baalke, according to CNN.
ESPN stated the team will give Lynch a 6 year deal.
The 45-year-old Lynch had been a safety in the NFL for 15 years, first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later with the Denver Broncos, and had most recently he’d been an analyst for Fox News. The appointment with the 49ers was completely out of the blue.
The surprise in this announcement comes with the fact that Lynch is not currently active in the NFL and has never held a leadership role with any NFL team. But 49ers CEO, Jed York defended the move in a statement Monday.
“During his 15 seasons as an NFL player, John epitomized what is so special about the game of football,” York stated. “A world-class competitor, his love and respect for the sport are unmatched, and you would be hard pressed to find anyone in league circles who does not have great respect for his work ethic and passion.”
Although Lynch has no previous leadership role in the NFL, York further justified the decision by further stating Lynch’s overall contributions and experience with the game.
“Having already helped lead a team to a Super Bowl title as a player, John is equipped with tremendous insight into what it takes to create a culture that breeds sustained success. Having spent the last eight seasons as an analyst with Fox, he has honed his skills as a talented communicator while also developing valuable relationships around the league and a vast knowledge of the NFL that will be beneficial to our team. As we learned more and more about John, it became apparent that he was not only one of the best to ever play this game, but also a Hall of Fame caliber man, one who people are compelled to follow.”
Lynch retired in 2008 following 11 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII campaign earning big money for Crazy Winners. He did four with Denver Broncos and one with the New England Patriots. Lynch went on to Fox as a color analyst following his retirement.
But he still does not have any executive experience in the NFL nor has he ever managed anything.
The choice of Lynch as GM brings back memories of Matt Millen, who was made CEO of the Detroit Lions and acting general manager back in 2001. He also lacked executive experience and had a Pro Bowl career as a linebacker and an extensive run as a color analyst.
Millen’s own seven year run as head marked one of the least successful in the NFL.
It remains to be seen whether Lynch’s stretch at the helm will fare any better. But for right now, he’s where the 49ers are willing to place their bets.
San Francisco 49ers Stuns Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers Stuns Oakland Raiders
It’s week 9 in the NFL and the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers kick things off on Thursday Night Football.
For Oakland, this season has been crazy. They have traded away two good players in Kalil Mac and Amari Cooper and they have lost three straight games. But, for Derek Carr, the goal remains the same…to lead the Oakland Raiders to victory.
As for the home team San Francisco 49ers, they are going with their third-string quarterback. Nick Mullens, an undrafted free agent from Southern Mississippi back in 2017 became the starting quarterback tonight due to an injury by the second string quarterback.
When the game started, the Oakland Raiders started the game with a 3-0 lead. Then Nick Mullens and the 49ers started their first drive and never looked back. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Oakland Raiders 31-3.
In his first game in the National Football League, Mullens completed 16 of his 22 passes, 262 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He did not throw a single interception.
On the other side of the field, Derek Carr didn’t have a great night. He was 16/21, 171 yards, and he was sacked 7 times. In the second half, backup quarterback AJ McCarron came in and went 1-8 for 8 yards. He too was sacked by the 49ers defense.
The San Francisco 49ers next game is at home against the New York Giants. You can see that game on Monday, November 12 at 8:15 Eastern, 7:15 Central on ESPN.
For the Oakland Raiders, they will host the Los Angeles Chargers on November 11 at 3:00 PM Eastern on CBS.
Richard Sherman Has Found A New Home
After being released by the Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman has landed on his feet. Warning to all Seahawks fans, he is staying in the NFC West.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Richard Sherman’s new deal which was signed without an agent is worth $39 million for three years. Sherman’s deal also includes Richard Sherman’s deal includes a $5 million signing bonus, plus $2 million base salary, $2 million in 46-man roster bonuses, $1 million playtime incentive and $3M Pro Bowl incentive in 2018. So #49ers get protection, and Sherman gets upside to beat his #Seahawks deal if he plays well. Win-win.
In 2011, Richard Sherman, a defensive back from Stanford University was drafted in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks. According to profootballreference.com In seven seasons with the Seahawks, he has played in 99 out of 105 games. In the games Sherman started in, he has tallied 32 interceptions 395 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He also has 5 forced fumbles.
But not only are the 49ers getting a top defensive player to add to their secondary, they are getting someone who is…how we say injury prone as of late. Last season, in a Thursday Night football game against division rivals the Los Angeles Rams, Sherman suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. According to Pelissero of NFL Network, Richard Sherman has been working hard on getting back to playing condition and should be ready in June.
In an article posted on nfl.com, Richard Sherman said.
“I want to go to a contender,” Sherman said. “I play at a high level. I’ve always been a guy that can work well with others and continue to elevate if my teammates elevate and elevate others.
“…Would I go to a young secondary that is like we were when we were younger and help them grow and help them advance? Sure, if the number looks right and the situation is comfortable for me and my family.”
Tom Brady Denies Jimmy Garoppolo Trade Celebartion, Says Report Is ‘Completely Wrong’
The New England Patriots are trying to fan the flames of recent reports that there is a divide within the organization and quarterback Tom Brady has joined in the efforts.
Brady spoke about reports indicating that he celebrated the trading of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was ultimately sent to the San Francisco 49ers, during an appearance on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show on Tuesday.
“I think I’m very empathetic towards other people’s experiences” Brady said (h/t ESPN’s Mike Reiss).
“I know those situations aren’t easy. I’ve never been traded or released, but I can imagine how that might feel. I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby [Brissett] got traded. I’ve kept in touch with all those guys. When Matt Cassel was gone. All these guys I’ve worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I’ve worked with. I kept in touch with basically everybody. So to characterize that as a certain way is just completely, completely wrong.”
Brady continued to deny that he was happy about Garoppolo’s departure.
“I’ve never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut. I would say that’s disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it’s so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates.”
Brady, and other members of the Patriots organization, are dealing with the fallout of a report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham last week in which Wickersham stated a divide and also wrote that Brady appeared “liberated” after the Garoppolo trade and that some players and staffers observed he “seemed especially excited, hollering and cajoling” at practice.
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