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As the San Francisco 49ers nearly complete their entire team hierarchy, they are making people feel befuddled due to their past decisions. It was no surprise that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was going to be named San Francisco’s new head coach, but the choice for the general manager spot was not only out of the blue; it was random.
Potential Hall of Fame safety and current Fox Sports analyst John Lynch was named to the position this past week and will be living in the Bay Area for the first time since attending his alma mater, Stanford University. The 49ers currently operate and play in Santa Clara, California, roughly 20 to 30 minutes away from the campus, and even though it might help to have a person from a great school run the team, Lynch’s lack of executive experience and unusual path to the position should create worry.
He has never been in scouting, personnel evaluation, and as people are bewildered by the hire, they might as well conclude that he may only be getting the job because of another man that could be pulling strings in San Francisco.
People forget that Mike Shanahan, the new head coach’s father, was the runner-up to Chip Kelly when the 49ers changed head coaches one year ago. After witnessing a failed return on his investment of the 2-14 Kelly, it would not surprise me if owner Jed York looked at the mirror and thought to himself “God, I should’ve just gone with Shanahan instead.”
In comparison to all of the NFL owners, York is still a kid. Sure he might be smart with his Notre Dame education and NFC championship win with Jim Harbaugh, but he may have too thin of skin in comparison to his older peers and is letting the wrong people push his buttons.
It is blatantly evident that he let his team’s former general manager Trent Baalke sway him into thinking that he was worthy employing four head coaches. Frankly, no one should be surprised if Baalke’s influence suppressed York’s inability to make Harbaugh one of the five highest-paid coaches.
With thin skin now possibly causing him to feel sorry for Mike, York may have let the 49ers new head coach’s father convince him that Lynch was the right guy to replace Baalke. The older Shanahan coached Lynch as the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 2004 to 2007 and must have seen qualities in Lynch that were similar to the quarterback that rose him to coaching prominence and is currently running a successful team, John Elway.
Both were one-time Stanford quarterbacks who happened to play for the Cardinal’s baseball team, and as likely exceptional game film students, they reviewed and summarized players’ strengths to know how they helped teams win.
The only problem with likening Lynch to Elway is Elway’s employment of personnel-savvy executives since becoming the Broncos’ president in 2011. His front office includes former Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns general manager, Tom Heckert, and longtime Director of Player Personnel, Matt Russell.
In comparison, the 49ers just hired Broncos Scouting Director Adam Peters, a veteran executive who could help an unseasoned Lynch. Also, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers-connection to Lynch and Shanahan, Mark Dominik, is linked to becoming Lynch’s new top assistant executive. Except, other than Doug Martin, Lavonte David, and Gerald McCoy, there is no body of work in Tampa that proves Dominik has an impressive eye for talent. He has been an analyst for ESPN’s NFL Insiders and is the same man who hired Greg Schiano: a current NCAA reject who was below .500 in the Big East and lost all of his eleven games against West Virginia.
In addition, when you look at Kyle’s fourteen-year career, he has only had a few great years due to the presence of successful minds and players. He worked for play-designing virtuosos like his dad and his dad’s former quarterback and offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, and only found success with a quarterback who was already very good from 2008 to 2014, Matt Ryan, particularly when he capitulated to Ryan’s needs. The other seasons featured Donovan McNabb, Robert Griffin III, Josh Gordon, and Johnny Manziel walking all over him as a loser. When such moves have caused plenty of coaches to be fired, he may not be the savior his politically contaminated sycophants are painting him out to be.
There should be no good expectations for the 49ers for a while, and with the new head coach’s father having imperfectly run one organization in Denver after Elway’s retirement, it is hard to imagine a Super Bowl appearance with him essentially running San Francisco’s. He only had one season with playoff victories after Elway retired, something not acceptable in a title-driven town that is used to winning. If all goes based on the Shanahans’ usual history, another overhaul will come up and, again, we will be asking ourselves “Why did they let Jim Harbaugh go?”
Bills Put O.J. Simpson’s #32 Back in Rotation for First Time Since 1977
For the first time since 1977 the Buffalo Bills have put #32, the number famously associated with O.J. Simpson, back into circulation and new free agent signee Senorise Perry is now wearing the number during OTAs, according to ESPN.
“I thought it was retired, but then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it,” Perry said of the number, according to The Athletic.
“I know the situation. I know that greatness comes with that number, playing in Buffalo. But I’m willing to take anything that comes my way. I’m going into my sixth year, and I know what it takes to get in this league and stay here. With that number on my back, I know I’m doing well for my family.”
Simpson rushed for 10,183 yards and 57 touchdowns, leading the NFL in rushing four times during his nine seasons playing for the Bills, but his post-career life has been marred with numerous troubles with the law and his controversial trial, and outcomes, stemming from the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, which he was acquitted for in 1995, but found liable by civil court for wrongful death.
Simpson, 71, was sentenced to prison in 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping after entering a Las Vegas hotel room to recover stolen memorabilia items, and paroled in 2017.
“Whatever they do is fine with me,” Simpson said, according to the Athletic. “That’s how I feel. When I played there, I tried to honor the team. Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.
“And, to be honest, it’s not something I think about. There’s too much else going on in life.”
Simpson’s number was never retired, although he is on the team’s Wall of Fame at New Era Field.
Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul Automobile Accident Blamed on Bad Weather
A recent automobile accident the occurred in Broward County in South Florida involving Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rushed Jason Pierre-Paul is being attributed to bad weather, according to TMZ Sports.
According to the report which cites a crash report that they had obtained regarding the accident, Pierre-Paul was driving a $350,000 Ferrari 88 Pista when he crashed into a concrete barrier back on May 2nd.
Officials believe that Pierre-Paul lost control of the car around 2:38 AM and collided with a concrete barrier on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, adding that there were no skid marks or debris found in the roadway. Officers did not believe that Pierre-Paul was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and did not test him for it.
In conclusion, officers believe “weather conditions”, more specifically wet roads, caused Pierre-Paul to lose control of the car and crash into the concrete barrier. Pierre-Paul and a passenger in his car were transported to a nearby hospital.
Pierre-Paul is considered likely to miss the entire 2019 NFL season after suffering a fractured neck due to the accident.
Panthers’ Greg Olsen Donates $2.5 Million to Pediatric Cardiac Center
Carolina Panthers veteran tight end Greg Olsen, and his wide, recently made a $2.5 million donation to help establish the HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center in Charlotte, North Carolina o expand access to vital therapies that improve survival rates and quality of life for children with congenital disease, according to an official announcement from the Atrium Health Foundation.
“While most know Greg Olsen as a Pro Bowl Tight End for the Carolina Panthers, we at Levine Children’s know him and his wife, Kara, as visionary leaders and champions for pediatric congenital heart disease,” said Stacy Nicholson, MD, president of Levine Children’s, as he announced the transformational gift, according to an official release.
Greg and Kara Olsen started the HEARTest Yard initiative in 2012, initially focusing on home health care for children with congenital heart disease. The Olsens have a son with a congenital heart defect. Back in 2017, the couple helped launch a cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic at Levine Children’s, which is currently one the few such clinics in existence in the United States.
“This new center will be a game changer for the children of the Carolinas,” said Nancy Dobrolet, MD, director of the cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic. “Thanks to the Olsens, and their many supporters, we provide the best comprehensive cardiac care in the country for young heart patients.”
The HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center, scheduled to open in 2021.
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