placeholder image

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Jones: “If I had to wager, I would put the house on John Lynch”

Jan 30, 2017 at 9:29 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
Former San Francisco 49ers tight end Brent Jones joined KNBR on Monday to give his thoughts on the unexpected hiring of John Lynch as the team's new general manager. Lynch's name never came up as a candidate for the job in any reports, which made his hiring a complete surprise to many around the NFL. Jones called the hiring "wild" and was just as shocked as everyone else when he first heard the news on Sunday night.

"I like John Lynch," Jones said. "I like him personally a lot. He's a high-character, high-integrity guy. Obviously, a great player. Most likely going to be in the Hall of Fame in the next week."

Jones went on to say that, had the 49ers hired one of the general manager candidates from the Green Bay Packers or the Seattle Seahawks, it still would have been a gamble. "I do know this," Jones said. "[Lynch] is extremely bright and he's very forthright, an honest guy. I think we're going to get real information. But that doesn't really always matter. We want real players and that's a whole different skillset that I don't know any of those [other candidates] have absolutely proven at this point."

"I actually think he's going to really be great, but we're not going to know for a couple of years," Jones continued. "But he's got a lot of characteristics and a lot of great leadership characteristics in a person in a role like that."

While Jones sees 49ers CEO Jed York distancing himself from the team's legendary past and trying to carve out a new identity for the team, he believes that Lynch can be successful with the 49ers and turn things around. "Needless to say, it's all about getting it right," Jones said. "No matter who they hire, we're not going to know for a couple of years, but if I had to wager, I would put the house on John Lynch."

How difficult will it be for Lynch, who has no front office experience? He knows the NFL game, but doesn't necessarily have the same knowledge of the collegiate level. Jones feels that Lynch will be a quick study when it comes to evaluating college talent, but knows that he will build some support around him.

"Maybe we're going to have a heavier football operations than we've had in the past, which I think can only be positive," Jones speculated. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."

You can listen to the entire interview on KNBR.


Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Nick Bosa: 49ers D-line will have more opportunities against Daniel Jones

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Sep 19

The San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 30-23 win on Sunday, overcoming a tight first half to generate a double-digit lead until the last play of the game, improving to 2-0 on the season. Now, the 49ers are getting ready to host their season opener, and it comes in primetime, as San Francisco will play the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football at Levi's Stadium this week. The Giants have started their season with two very different games, losing 40-0 to the Dallas Cowboys in the opener before making a comeback in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals for a 31-28 win. However, they may be without star running back Saquon Barkley, who suffered an ankle sprain in Week 2, potentially putting an even bigger onus on quarterback Daniel Jones against the

placeholder image

49ers seek to change narrative vs. dual-threat QBs by stopping Daniel Jones

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Sep 19

The San Francisco 49ers have sported an excellent defense over the past few seasons, despite going from defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to DeMeco Ryans and now Steve Wilks, utilizing a similar scheme and consistently developing talent on that side of the ball. However, there has been one area, regardless of coordinator and talent, that the 49ers have struggled against defensively: containing dual-threat quarterbacks. That's the challenge they face in Week 3, as the 49ers are hosting the New York Giants and quarterback Daniel Jones in the home opener. The Giants have seen a tumultuous start to the season with a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, and a thrilling comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. Can the 49ers change

placeholder image

49ers Notebook: Deebo is no longer "awful"; Ronnie Bell makes a splash; J.J. Watt praises Niners; Captain Andrew Luck makes Levi's cameo

By Kirk Larrabee
Sep 22

Thursday night was a fun one at Levi's Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 30-12 victory over the visiting New York Giants. It was a night that saw wide receiver Deebo Samuel declare himself as officially out of "awful" mode, running back Christian McCaffrey reach milestones, wide receiver Ronnie Bell create some lasting memories, and -- of all things -- Andrew Luck making a return to an NFL field (in full Civil War costume) to take part in a game of trivia. Let's recap all that and more in this version of 49ers Notebook. Not awful anymore Back in June, Deebo Samuel caught some attention with his honest description of his 2022 performance

placeholder image

Key stats from the 49ers' 30-12 Week 3 win vs. the Giants

By Site Staff
Sep 22

The San Francisco 49ers improved to 3-0 on the season after a 30-12 Week 3 win over the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Below are several statistics and notes from Thursday's game, which were provided by the 49ers Communications staff. With The Win... San Francisco has started the regular season 3-0 for the first time since 2019 and the 9th time in franchise history. The 49ers have won back-to-back regular season games against the New York Giants [W, 36-9 at NYG (9/27/20)]. San Francisco has won their home opener for the second-consecutive season. The Niners improved to 22-21 against the Giants,


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone