Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Brian Billick calls John Lynch ‘brilliant’

Jan 30, 2017 at 11:19 AM--


Former Baltimore Ravens head coach and current NFL Network analyst Brian Billick is a highly respected television personality. Billick joined "Good Morning Football" on Monday to discuss the surprise hiring of former NFL safety and FOX analyst John Lynch as the new general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.

The hiring has been a bit of a controversial one among the media. Lynch has no front office experience, but was a fierce competitor on the field and is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In a week, he will likely be joined by a new head coach in Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. While there has been some criticism of the hire, there have also been many who are praising the move. Many of those are individuals who know Lynch or have worked with him. Billick was among those to praise Lynch.

"John is brilliant," Billick said. "I was at Stanford when we brought John in. We made the brilliant move of taking him from a quarterback and Denny Green made him a safety. In my opinion, a Hall of Fame safety. And John's smart and he knows the game. I think this is about he and Kyle Shanahan. I don't know for a fact, but I've got to believe there's a relationship there, that they're trying to piece that together. They just came out of a contentious general manager. They're looking for that marriage to come in."

Billick on Lynch: 'John is brilliant'

Billick went on to say that Lynch's experience as a television analyst will be an asset for his on-the-job training as a first-year general manager. "I'm done with coaching, but if I were to go back into coaching, I'd be better for it because of the five years I spent doing games for FOX," Billick said. "Every Friday, we're in a different facility talking to players, coaches, some instances getting to sit in meetings, watching them practice, visiting with general managers. Can you imagine – I do a lot of corporate speaking – getting to sit in the boardroom with your competition and seeing what is important to them?"

Peter Schrager brought up the fact that, just three weeks ago, Lynch did a production meeting with now division rival Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. "And I can imagine John, with this in the back of his mind, probably did his due diligence to kind of (ask), 'How do you do this? How do you do that?' We'll see."

"You've got someone that's new at this, which is not all bad. It's kind of an outside the box, okay. Plus, I'm sure he'll lean on a guy like [Denver Broncos general manager] John Elway. John came in from the outside and (Lynch may ask), 'How did you start? What's the priority?' Putting together that structure. His eye for talent and how he's going to deal with the coaches, John and Kyle will be great with that."

As many, like Peter King of TheMMQ, have already pointed out, Billick said that Lynch will have to surround himself with a good group in order to see success. It was reported by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area that 49ers assistant general manager Tom Gamble, who has been leading the scouting department since the firing of Trent Baalke, will be given through the draft in April to prove himself to Lynch. Another name that has emerged is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager and ESPN analyst Mark Dominik, who may be brought in as the 49ers' director of player personnel or in an equivalent role, per Pro Football Talk.

Dominik was the director of pro scouting with Tampa Bay when Lynch played there and when Shanahan was brought in as the offensive quality control coordinator. Lynch was actually the one who contacted Shanahan about the possibility of working together and the pair met with each other on Friday when Lynch flew to Atlanta with 49ers CEO Jed York and chief strategy officer Paraag Marathe.

"Nothing is guaranteed, but so many opportunities are missed in the NFL because people don't want to do something different," York said late Sunday night via TheMMQ. "We're okay with that, because I am confident in Kyle and John. John has watched John Elway, and how he's built a team in Denver. As easy as it is to say he hasn't built a team yet—I get that—I talk to Kyle, and he says John is the most prepared of all the TV [people] he meets in the production meetings before games. We understand we'll have to live with growing pains, but I'm willing to do that because I believe the upside with both of them is so great."





More San Francisco 49ers News



John Lynch evaluates 49ers rookie Trey Lance's first start, explains Trey Sermon's vanishing act

By David Bonilla
Oct 12

Trey Lance started his first NFL game this past weekend, replacing an injured Jimmy Garoppolo. The rookie quarterback's performance had its ups and downs. Despite the defeat and the San Francisco 49ers falling to 2-3 on the season, the outing was an excellent opportunity for Lance to learn and gain valuable experience. General manager John Lynch joined KNBR today. He offered an evaluation of Lance's first start and didn't feel the moment was too big for the 21-year-old. "I think that was the case from the very first play," Lynch said on the Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show. "You know, welcome to the NFL. J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones blow by our offensive line on the first play, and Trey's got enough athleticism and instinct to pull up and make an



John Lynch optimistic that 3 games off will give 49ers a George Kittle 'at full strength'

By David Bonilla
Oct 12

San Francisco 49ers general manger John Lynch joined KNBR today and provided a bit of an update on the team's injured tight end, George Kittle. There had been hope that Kittle might be available for this past weekend's game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, the 49ers ended up putting their star tight end on injured reserve the day before kickoff. That means Kittle will have to miss three games. The first was this past Sunday's game. He will also have to sit out the matchups against the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. Kittle will be eligible to return on November 7 when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals. While there is always the possibility of a setback, Lynch feels optimistic that Kittle will be back for that Week 9 contest. "That was



John Lynch 'fully confident' 49ers can rebound from 3-game losing streak

By David Bonilla
Oct 15

The San Francisco 49ers started 2-0 but have since lost three consecutive games. No one inside the organization is panicking, though. Instead, the focus remains on one game at a time. That means looking toward the Indianapolis Colts, not backward at the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals. At 2-3, San Francisco sits in last place within the NFC West. However, general manager John Lynch is confident he and head coach Kyle Shanahan have built a roster that can rebound. The 49ers are in their bye week, and a lot of football remains in this 17-game season. "I'm fully confident [the pieces are in place to turn things around] because of the people in our room and the character of the people in our room, because of the people we have in leadership



John Lynch says 49ers believe in Brandon Aiyuk but need more 'urgency' from receiver

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Oct 16

Brandon Aiyuk has been the talk amongst 49ers fans after his slow start to the season. He has only caught eight passes for 90 yards over the team's first six games, despite breaking out as a rookie, having caught 60 passes for 748 yards and five touchdowns, leading the team in all three of those categories in 2020. Last week, John Lynch spoke about his second-year receiver and stated that Aiyuk "hasn't made the strides [the 49ers] have expected him to," sparking a controversy about whether the team's been misusing him, or if there's really something different about Aiyuk. Still, Lynch, who spoke with NBC's Matt Maiocco, has given his utmost confidence in the 25th


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone