Lynch 'eager' to earn trust of skeptics at 49ers

By Ron Clements 31 January 2017 241
Lynch 'eager' to earn trust of skeptics at 49ers

John Lynch knows there is a multitude of people who doubt whether he can succeed as an NFL general manager.

The San Francisco 49ers hired Lynch as their new general manager despite the 45-year-old's lack of NFL front office experience.

The Niners announced the hire on Sunday and it was met with plenty of backlash.

"I’m eager to earn their trust," the new 49ers GM told reporters in a Monday conference call. "Making our fans proud is something we're going to be all about."

Lynch was a nine-time Pro Bowler during his 15-year career as an NFL safety. He spent his first 11 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helping them win Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season.

Lynch, a finalist for the Hall of Fame this year, officially retired from the NFL in 2008 and later joined the Fox broadcast team. He has served as colour analyst for play-by-play announcers Chris Rose and, most recently, Kevin Burkhardt.

"I think he's going to be great for the organisation,” Burkhardt told "I think John is great at everything he touches. I love him. I love him as a football guy. I love him as a motivator. He's got every skill imaginable to help run a football team.

"He is a leader of men. He is a tremendous communicator from top to bottom. I'm talking the highest person in the building to the lowest person in the building. They will all feel wanted, they will all feel motivated and he will lead. That's what he does. You follow John Lynch. I am positive that the culture will change."

Niners owner and CEO Jed York said in a Monday release that Lynch is a "world-class competitor" and "epitomised what is so special about the game of football".

The 49ers are expected to hire Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach, but have to wait until after Super Bowl LI.

Lynch was unable to mention Shanahan, who has interviewed with the 49ers twice, by name because of NFL tampering rules.

That does not mean he could not compliment Shanahan's job as the coordinator for the NFL's highest-scoring offense.

"It's one of the best years I’ve seen a coordinator have," said Lynch, who added he will report directly to York.

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