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  • By Michael Fitch
    April 26, 2017 at 7:03 AM
    When the 49ers announced John Lynch as general manager in February, it offered more questions for fans than answers. This isn't a surprise since the same can be said of any new general manager, but Lynch was different. He had no background as a talent evaluator and no real front office experience on his resume. Yet the keys to the kingdom were his, leaving us to wonder if he would be up to the task of breathing new life into the 49ers. Speaking to the media from the draft room where he'll make the first draft selection of his 49er tenure, Lynch shared his feelings about the upcoming milestone, "I can tell you that just last night I finally got to the point, I...
  • By Michael Fitch
    January 31, 2017 at 7:12 AM
    It's been two days, and fans are still wrapping their heads around the notion that John Lynch is the new general manager of the 49ers. He seemed like nothing more than a name York pulled from a hat on Sunday night. He wasn't one of the finalists, and he has absolutely no experience in an NFL front office. Still, here he is – a dark horse candidate winning a race few knew he was running. I'll say this much for York: he's full of surprises. This is the offseason York wanted – after giving fans two abysmal seasons in the wake of firing Harbaugh, it's boom-or-bust for Jed. The first gamble was zeroing in on a head coach before finding a general manager. The second was waiting until February to hire said coach; a dangerous move on York's part...
  • By Michael Fitch
    January 17, 2017 at 7:22 AM
    Just two names remain in San Francisco's coaching search, but only one deserves to be there. Monday's report on Josh McDaniels wasn't welcome news for 49ers fans. Citing concerns over moving his family across the country for a job that could be taken abruptly, McDaniels will be staying in Foxborough for the foreseeable future. Scratching his name off York's shortlist leaves only Kyle Shanahan to give fans hope and Tom Cable to torment their fears. Missing out on a talented candidate happens in coaching searches – it happened earlier this offseason when Sean McVay was hired by the Rams. McDaniels has been gracious in everything he's said on the subject, but the...
  • By Michael Fitch
    January 14, 2017 at 7:05 AM
    Two weeks have passed since Jed York's press conference announcing his New Year's resolution to turn the 49ers around, and in that time his rudderless ship still sails without a head coach or general manager. Yet somehow the 49ers are in a better position than I thought possible on New Year's Day. Fans have watched every NFL franchise with a head coaching vacancy find their dancing partner for 2017, wondering when a move would be made to fill San Francisco's vacancies. Six teams ended the 2016 season in need of a new head coach, and only the 49ers remain as the divisional round of the playoffs approaches. One-by-one, teams have chosen the leadership they think necessary for success – giving their fans hope heading into the long offseason. But...
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