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8 Takeaways from John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan's Introductory Press Conference

Posted Feb 9, 2017

Check out all of the noteworthy information to come out of Thursday's 45-minute presser with the 49ers new regime.


The San Francisco 49ers new regime was officially introduced on Thursday at a press conference from the Levi’s® Stadium Auditorium. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch were joined by 49ers CEO Jed York. Each made an opening statement, and then the trio took questions for nearly 45 minutes.

Here are the top-eight takeaways from the media session:

1. Shanahan explained that the 49ers organization has always had a special place in his heart. The new head coach was a ball boy for the team in middle school during his dad’s tenure as San Francisco’s offensive coordinator. He shared a unique memory with former 49ers wide receiver John Taylor.

"I remember staying up every night, playing ping pong with John Taylor. It took me two years to beat him and then after I did, then he finally told me he was going to start using his right hand," Shanahan said. "Then I realized I was never able to beat him.

2. This week has been bittersweet for Shanahan. The excitement for a new beginning in the Bay Area was tempered some by the result of Super Bowl LI. Shanahan’s Atlanta Falcons lost in overtime to the New England Patriots.

At York’s request, Shanahan stayed in Atlanta for an extra two days, something that was greatly appreciated by San Francisco’s new head coach.

“To be able to go up to the building in Atlanta the next day and get to talk to all the (Falcons) players, all of us spent some time together and went through it again, it really gave us some closure on it,” Shanahan said.

3. Both Lynch and Shanahan were very complimentary of the way York handled the interview process. They each asked the 49ers tough questions before ultimately accepting their respective jobs. The honest and open process is also what makes York confident that he found the right men to lead the 49ers.

“I believe in both of these guys,” York said of Lynch and Shanahan. “We aren’t where we want to be. We are a two-win team right now, and we need to make sure that these guys have everything that they can to get this thing up and running.” 

4. Shanahan explained that he has a two-track mind: Family and football. 

“As sad as that is, it’s true,” Shanahan joked before expanding on his statement. “That’s all you guys will get from me. … We’re going to hold people accountable. We’re going to do it the right way. Everybody who’s in this from the top to the bottom will be going in one direction.”

5. Lynch emphasized repeatedly that the vision is for a true partnership between he and Shanahan. So when a question was raised about the division of power, Lynch explained that both men will have their hand in every decision.

“I can tell you Kyle has control of the 53,” the GM shared. “I have the 90. Free agency and draft, I think I have. But, in all of those, it’s also written that, subject to approval of the other guy.”

6. The 49ers will have plenty of cap space when it comes time for free agency. So how does Lynch plan on attracting potential talent to come to San Francisco?

“You like winning? Because we’re going to do that,” Lynch started explaining his pitch. “You like doing things the right way? Because we’re going to do that.

“I’d also tell them you’ve got a head coach that’s going to put you in the right position to be successful. I think that’s one of Kyle’s great skills.” 

7. First things first. Shanahan will spend the next few days finalizing his coaching staff. From there, it will be time to dive into the film and evaluate the players currently under contract with the 49ers.

“I’m going to sit and watch a lot of tape and study our own roster,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to do that before you look at anything because I have no opinion on free agency until I know what’s here and it starts with what’s here.” 

8. Lynch broke some news during the presser. He announced that former Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew will be joining his front office in San Francisco. The 49ers have since confirmed the hire as Mayhew will assume the role of senior personnel executive.