Lynch Review

GM John Lynch has been a bit chirpy lately, and no wonder. When Jimmy Garoppolo fell into his lap last October, his job security skyrocketed.

Without that bit of luck, the 49ers would have had to sign Kirk Cousins and nobody would be nearly as excited about the future as they are now. It will be interesting to watch the fates of these two QBs over the course of the next few years.

Lynch’s 2017 draft has lost quite a bit of luster over the past year. Top pick Solomon Thomas played closer to ordinary than excellent, and second pick Reuben Foster is one strike away from flaming out of the league.

Third round pick Ahkello Witherspoon is a decent CB, but we’ve seen a lot of decent CBs come through Niner HQ this century, with none of them close to outstanding. Fifth round WR Trent Taylor and seventh round FS Adrian Colbert were probably Lynch’s best picks in the draft.

Nobody looks much like a Pro Bowler at this point, which is a bit disappointing given the high drafting position last year. Lynch has said he relies on Martin Mayhew to help him get acclimated as a GM, which isn’t something that should warm any fan’s heart since Mayhew was formerly the GM of the endlessly mediocre Detroit Lions and in 2016 was the Director of Football Operations for the Giants, who went 3-13 last year.

At the end of the 2017 season, former 49er RB Carlos Hyde crowed that the Niners would be going to the Super Bowl this year. Then he became a free agent and signed with the Browns. Apparently, the SB was not high on his list of 2018 New Year’s priorities.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL has to change it’s archaic rule that a rookie can’t report to camp until his school year is over. This rule is a joke as back East school years end in May and in the West they go well into June.

    Bottom line is this hurts the product the NFL puts on the field by inhibiting development of some players. They need to level the playing field here. I believe if you miss a month of OTAs and training it can inhibit your effectiveness as a rookie as you are always trying to catch up.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Too early to put a grade on Thomas and Foster.

    Let’s see how this year plays out.

    Not sure if Foster get’s charged this week and willing to give him the benefit of doubt if he stays out of trouble for the rest of his rookie contract. In other words GROW UP.

    Let’s see what come out of the investigations as everything is unknown and speculation. I hope Foster can turn the page as his talent reminds me of Patrick Willis and wish his character and demeanor would match up likewise.

  3. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I see the draft a little differently. I didn’t like the Solomon pick but I understood why Lynch picked him. We shall see what the next couple of years show about him. Foster has to change otherwise it was a wasted pick. I think CJ is the toughest QB I have seen in a long time and since he was thrown to the wolves lets see what a year of actual learning brings. Williams is still an unknown and it’s real possible he was a mistake, or not once again how can anyone know at this point. Witherspoon looks to be the best CB we have drafted in a long time. Kittle looks like a keeper and should only get better if he can stay healthy. Taylor is really suited for KS’s type of game and was a solid pick. Our 6th picks never got to play much since they were hurt most of the year. And, Colbert is a beast and should get better as time goes on. Overall for a rookie class I think we drafted fantastically. As they say it takes 3 years to see if it was a good draft. Unless you are Baalky and you don’t have to wait 10 minutes to know.

  4. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Remember that while Lynch has a GM’s big ego he has none of the supposed requirements of contract management/expertise/experience and even less personnel or scouting background. Any talk of how he did as a GM making draft picks may as well be about how many numbers he picked in last week’s lottery.

    He talked Shanahan into supporting him and York was only too happy to rid himself of that particular burden and blame for it. A trio of clowns, really. I might have some hope for young Shanahan if I hadn’t watched him bury his team in the Super Bowl with his own arrogance and stupidity. Being the HC and OC doesn’t help tilt the argument in his favor either.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew were hired to fill gaps that Lynch has. Both have respect of their peers.

    That was then. This is now. Baalke was up then down.

    The path is clear. Execution is not.

  6. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    All the FO staff were hired because they knew their jobs and were successful for the most part. Lynch is our GM and sure he is learning on the fly but he knows football probably better than most. I would imagine he has a good eye for talent and knows who’s giving 100% or not. Last year was pretty much a total housecleaning and Lynch was a big part of that. I am sure his ear is open to what the coaches are saying but the decision making falls on him. I think he’s gonna shine this year along with the Niners

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    These guys certainly have a good track record after one season. The roster was bare and one offseason not enough.

    OL had zero draft picks and only Zuttah brought in and he failed. Also Kapri Briggs for a 4th another failure. Brought in Hoyer over not keeping Gabbert.

    An eye for talent to fit the scheme across all draft picks.

    Curious to how the Trent Brown transition happens. He does not fit OZ and will get better deals than us in next offseason. Settling for a comp pick would be another fail.

    Not getting top pass pro for the 137 mil man would be another fail.

    Too critical? Staff and players get a lot of money for their work product. Job churn should always be a threat.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Another fail was playing Jimmy against JAX. In this draft with 4 Q’s in the top 5 draft position is key.

    Articles recently came out the FO knew we had the guy we wanted at QB after his 3rd game. Many teams last season were tanking at the end. But not us. We may have forfeited a good trade down package being at #9. Luckily we got the coin toss, of which Lynch could not effect.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    “Being the HC and OC doesn’t help tilt the argument in his favor either.”

    It is if you’re Hue Jackson. Poor Sashi not a Lynch, just a moneyballing suit. He took the fall for Hue. Set up the 2018 draft among the best ever (thanks to HOU).

    Complaints on owner meddling, example number xxx. Crooked Haslam kept Hue from being fired. FA fixed their oline with Zeitler becoming the highest paid OG. Hue ran with that into the ground, could not even execute a running game.

  10. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    What do you want Skeebs? 2-14 to a Super Bowl in one season? What are your expectations? Holy shit. I have no idea what you think is supposed to happen here. Still pining for Mike Nolan?

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I see reading comprehension remains a significant issue for you, Chuck.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert really showed how great he could be with the Cards.
    Bottom line as he approaches 30 that Gabbert will be at best a career backup. He probably has 3 or 4 more years in the league. He’s had his chances and has failed to show his first round traits.

    There was no way in hell that Shanahan was going to sit Jimmy G against
    the Jags. When a team builds momemtum you go with it. Tanking games are for losers and IMO creates a losing culture such as the Browns.
    Look at hoe Cleveland has squandered all their high draft picks with epic failure after epic failure. They are in a position this year to finally make things right but we’ll see.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Pete Carrol knew how to motivate his first year. Roster churn on a daily basis. Threat of job removal.

    Lots of teams need IOL, especially Bills. Most good ones gone by #59. All because of the true blue’s who base their decision on the emotions of high school football.

    IND, TB, CHI have their QB’s. They probably get trade down offers before us.

    I don’t like the idea of counting on Cooper and Garnett all season to protect the big asset. Garnett crappy so far in pass pro.

    Jimmy has a lot of guts and courage to not flinch and deliver balls when A-gap rushers in his face. He will be on IR unless IOL is fixed. Richburg not the answer with pass pro, needs OG help.

    Tomlinson is backup quality. Garnett unproven. Cooper has that knee. First pick needs to be OG. Need to trade down to match value with pick possition. Wynn and Daniels may be smallish. To assist Richburg need Price.

    Cannot afford collapsing inside pockets anymore. Too much invested.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Many deemed Rich Gannon a career backup too. Alex Smith a late bloomer, he was a check down Charley too with poor lines.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    3rd of 5 Madrid video clips of Jimmy, blitz pickup.

    1st clip had Kilgore vacating his gap on the well known tackle-end stunt made famous by the smith brothers. Kilgore fail.

    2nd clip had Kilgore pushed into the backfield once again. Hyde too far forward to allow for this and McKinney nailed the chin at release. Kilgore and Hyde fail.

    3rd clip had Hyde vacating his gap. Hyde fail.

    These two are no longer on the team. Kilgore cannot anchor. Can the lighter Richburg. Secondary blocker needs to recognise the center fail and pick up. Both been on the team long enough and still failing.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    How much did Hoyer cost? Cards paying Sam Bradford 20 mil and not hurrying him due to his knees. Will Wilks and Kim both be fired in midseason?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To break the monotony Coach Chucky Gruden and Jimmy G. Lot’s of interesting background on Jimmy’s development before being drafted.

  18. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Comprehend this, skippy. You and NoCheer have spent the last 3 months trashing the team for, uh, getting better? NoCheer is so cute with his simpleton soliloquies regarding shit that happened 2 years ago. Still can’t get off the Alex train? Or the Teflon Mike Nolan roller coaster. According to noCheer, he’s a super bowel winning coach now, not the LB coach he was 14 years ago.

    The fact that Lynch got Jimmy G is a plus, eh? The fact he fleeced the Bears for their right to move up one spot in the draft? Hmmm. Where’s the mention of that? Kittle Brieda and Taylor worked out OK, eh? Colbert? Sure. He got Robbie Gould. Goodwin, shit even Kendrick Bourne has done well. Thomas? He’s by no means a bust. He’s a defensive lineman. Most take a couple years to get acclimated. Foster? Well, he’s a wait-and see thing. We’ll let NoCheeer bloviate over that. I mean, we can’t let the poor little entitled white guy not get his say.

    You cherry pick like the cherry picker you are.


  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, the team didn’t get better last year until Garoppolo came along at the end of the season. They were 1-10 at the time. The only one bringing up Nolan and Smith – endlessly – is you, since it beats thinking or having anything intelligent to say. I didn’t call Thomas a bust, just not a star player like the number three pick in the entire draft should be. Breida has already been replaced by McKinnon. Bourne caught 16 passes last year, hardly earth shattering. And you still can’t post anything without insulting NoFear or me or anybody else who doesn’t waste time on your blog. If you want to be a cheerleader, you should have tried out for the Gold Rush girls.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt if Gabbert will ever make it as a starter.
    Both the Niners and Cards chose to have zero QBs on their roster rather than re-sign Gabbert for cheap.
    Gabbert had his chances much like Jimmy G did but failed to impress or seize the moment.

    I will be the first to admit it when he makes an impact in the league but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    I’m an advocate of Vince Young and Colt McCoy but also realistic enough to know that their talents translated more to the college game and not to the NFL. If you hold a clipboard for 5 years you can build a nest egg putting away $4 or $5 mil plus and hardly getting into the game.

  21. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    skeebs- One of the differences about last year even when we were 1-10 was the way we played the game. We basically had a brand new team that had players get hurt at an amazing rate. We were in most of those games until the last minute. We lost but we played a whole 4 quarters which we hadn’t seen the Niners do for a couple of years. The whole team seemed to have some real fight in them and it showed in the way we played. It looked to me like everyone was giving a 100% except for the CB we traded to the Jets and a few others that we got rid of along the way. You could see that we had a plan even before Jimmy showed up. I can’t remember when the Niners had a rebuild quite like this one but it is because of our FO and the decisions they made that we are in the shape we are in now. I truly think we are gonna be competitive this year. I doubt we take the division because we just don’t have the horses the Rams do but maybe next year. I think we at least take one from the Seaturds this year.

  22. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I was on pain meds last night for my back. Sorry I hurt your feewings. I give you and NoCheer shit because you have been on this negative rant forever. Sure, most of it is deserved, but really, if you couldn’t tell the difference between the way the team played in 2017, even with the losses, compared to 2016, then I can’t help you.

    Criminy, Bullitt is the voice of reason here.

    It was patently obvious to most savvy fans that the team was playing better last season. Hoyer was a stop-gap, and a shitty one at that. Shittier than I thought, certainly. But they had chances to win 5 of those 6 early games. Something that was never the case in 2016. We were out of nearly every game by the middle of the 2nd quarter. Sure the team was inconsistent. But come on. the completely turned over the roster to the tune of around 35 different players. I don’t know the exact number but please. When Pete Carroll did this in Seattle did he win immediately? No.

    This isn’t about ragging on Lynch for his 1st round picks, it’s about changing the culture of an organization that was a laughingstock.

    In ONE season.

    If you can’t see even a little, the similarities to the 1980 season and the 2017 season, then you shouldn’t bother even pretending to be a fan. They may not win the Super Bowl this year but they are a hell of a lot closer now than they were at the end of the Chipster run 15 months ago.

    This is why I laugh at you two. I hand you roses, you bitch about the thorns.

    Thanks for bringing up my blog BTW. Not sure why you did, but whatever. it’s doing fine, thank you.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You were just as violently convinced Tomsula was the answer and then without missing a beat Kelly would get it done. Pardon me if I wait to see a little more than a 6-10 season before going ga-ga over the new regime. Especially Lynch, the only guy I was discussing in my post. And you don’t laugh at NoFear or me, you swear and cuss and insult and misquote and tear your hair out in hyperventilating anger. Try reading some of Winder’s comments for how to have a different opinion without going postal and borderline nutso.

  24. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dontae Johnson is signing with Seattle.

  25. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    So? Being optimistic is a fault? Something to scorn? We had the players and a good coaching staff. For a while. The talent left, and St Jim skeedaddled when he saw the writing on the wall. You attribute that to the front office but Harbaugh burned every bridge he crossed here. Harbs obviously knew that Jed would stick with Baalke so he engineered his own demise and laughed all the way to Michigan.

    But that shit doesn’t matter anymore. Your heavy handed condescension toward the progress the team has made these past 2 offseasons is baffling. Like it’s much more fun to carry on about a team that sucks than one that is making strides.

    NoCheer is a different matter. NoCheer’s 1950’s attitude toward the players is hysterical. Those guys need to know their place, amirite?

  26. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    The thing is Skeebs, you don’t seen to have a problem with borderline racist comments, but get all verklempt when I disagree with folks here. Ther animosity runs deep.

    Sure I have been l’ve the top but I’m not the only one by far. The folks that agree with you seem to get a pass at trashing me and others. Whatevs. See ya.

  27. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Johnson to Seattle. Seattle has been doing that to us for years. However, we have finally figured it out and are tapping into their castoffs. Should make a lot of side stories. Don’t really know why they picked up Johnson unless it’s camp fodder and a playbook.

  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Lots of OZ and other OL videos associated with this video if interested.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Pathetic, skeebs. Censoring, extreme political correctness. Tough to live in Cali with all the fruits and nuts. MAGA

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Aldon Smith had blood alcohol level of .40 when he went into SF sheriff’s department for ankle monitoring on Friday.”

    That’s damn near dead man walking.

  31. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s Friday for Dennis.

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    nocheer !

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners preseason schedule (Old school exhibition games)

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “LB Reuben Foster was charged with felony domestic abuse today by the Santa Clara DA’s office.”

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The alleged victim told officers that Reuben Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times, according to Santa Clara DA.”

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster. We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”

    Somewhere, Tramaine Brock is rolling his eyes.

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Facing 11 years.

    So, how about Roquan Smith? :/

  38. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    It was fun while it lasted. See Ya.

  39. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    That was one that got by Lynch. I don’t see how anyone can tell if a player is gonna beat up his girlfriend during an interview. I could see red flags go up on the pot issue but that would have been it. Every interview I saw with Reuben in it was lighthearted and they mostly showed him as a fun loving kid.

  40. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    There can now be zero doubt that GM Lynch and court jester York knew all about the details of Foster’s troubles and refused to “do the right thing” on their own hoping the DA or their toadies could save them from acting as they promised they would faced with this or like situations.

    They are nothing but hypocrites and bums. Hell, the initial reporting said the girl was injured in being dragged from the house. No big deal to the many hypocrites supporting these hypocrites, as long as the guy can maybe play football all is forgiven before it happens.

  41. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    And now, Shit7torm, between crying about being black-balled and suing the NFL, torpedoes his chances at another QB job by refusing to say he would stand for the Anthem.

    Another brainless anti-American privileged asshole who hopes folks keep thinking he’s a serious activist and not just a lousy QB.

    I think he just made bigger fools out of the many many at ESPN and elsewhere constantly defending him and bashing the owners and GMs throughout the league as racists.

  42. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear- Initial reports have been known to be wrong, And, how do you know that the FO knew everything. Issuing facts of a case don’t usually happen until the court date when it becomes public knowledge.

  43. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    They also let facts out when the actually charge someone like in this case where he’s supposed to be in court today.

  44. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch will have to show himself and talk about why he didn’t get cut. My guess is they do it tomorrow.

  45. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Winder, he’s a $10mm investment for the 49ers. They have the resources and connections to investigate this case for themselves and I have no doubt they have done so and knew all the pertinent facts of the case long ago. There was no surprise findings in the informaiton released. It was all there already and they weren’t able to shut the victim up despite all the time they’ve had to try.

    Everything the press put out was easily verified by Foster’s attorney if not the 49ers’ own investigators. They knew, and they knew long ago. They never intended to be the self-righteous stand-up citizens they preached to their fans. It’s all so much bullshit put out for those who want to believe in fairy tales.
    Not to impugn your good character, sir.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Foster will serve hard time if he isn’t exonerated in court.
    His future with the Niners looks bleak because the alleged severity of what happened is pretty damning and very Ray Rice like.

    When the 2017 season ended nobody saw this coming but if guilty he’s gone and neither the Niners or the NFL will have to deal with him.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Previously ESPN and NFL Network covered the draft.
    Now Fox Sports will also carry all days of the draft live and on Saturday ABC will also simulcast ESPN covering rounds 4 to 7.

    NFL Draft just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Foster was in court and was not alone Barrows reports

    “Richard Sherman notes that Reuben Foster isn’t from the area, doesn’t have any family here and he wanted to be on hand for support. Jaquiski Tartt also on hand at courthouse for support.”

  49. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear. You are probably right about that. Money usually gets what it wants. I don’t see how the Niner brass can justify not cutting him. The only thing that I can see is there might be some legal stuff around his contract that has to get done. I know they don’t really want to get rid of him but there is no other alternative.

  50. Uncle ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Richard Sherman is also the Niners NFLPA rep so he may have been there in that capacity as well.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Cowboys are going to cut Dez Bryant.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like they did cut Dez.

  53. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Dez is pissed about it.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like nobody gives a shit.

  55. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    The old grey mare ain’t what she used to he.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cowgurls have been spinning their wheels for over a decade, the team that a whisker away from being relevant.

    Jason Garret just like Marvin Lewis should have been shown the door long ago.

    Can’t fire the GM who’s the owners son.

  57. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    From Kawakami: “I’m hearing that there might be another development in the Reuben Foster situation early this week, and his supporters on the 49ers are the ones suggesting this. I don’t know what it is. But I am paying attention.”

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yahoo Sports is reporting that Foster will not be at team activities until the case is over.

  59. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I’m fully expecting the whole thing to go away.

    Foster will plea bargain down to nothing, or the charges will be dropped because the victim won’t cooperate. That’s just how things go for people who have the money for good legal representation. It won’t mean he’s innocent. It shouldn’t stop this team from taking a strong stance on domestic violence at the expense of winning, but it probably will.

    I expect Foster to serve the 6 game league minimum suspension, plus a few games for the the weed incident. Maybe they’ll get “tough” with him and he’ll miss 2018. But he’ll be back as a 49er in 2019, and some of us will lose a little more respect for a team that barely regained any from the last time we went through this.

    Posted by christopher.burns on Apr 15, 2018 | 4:53 PM

  60. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Curious if Reuben continues with the team if he will “accept” a reasonable extension when year 5 comes along. To factor in all the legal effort and behind the scenes payoffs.

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17