There may not be anyone more apt to evaluate the San Francisco 49ers new front office than John Elway. The Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager was full of praise for John Lynch and Adam Peters at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Elway knows both men well. Starting with Lynch, Elway brought the 49ers general manager on as a consultant one offseason following his playing days. They explored a full-time opportunity in Denver's front office before Lynch opted to continue with the broadcasting route.
That's why Elway wasn't among those who were surprised by Lynch being named San Francisco's new GM.
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"John is a very bright guy and he knows football. Ultimately, that's what that position is all about," Elway said. "He's got a lot to learn administratively and the different rules that go along with that, but John is smart enough to know what he doesn't know. Once he gets some time with this, he knows the game of football, and I think that's the most important thing. I think John Lynch will do very well in that position." Peters worked with Elway for eight years in Denver, most recently as the Broncos director of college scouting. Now as San Francisco's vice president of player personnel, Peters will have the chance to make a name for himself as Lynch's right-hand man.
"Adam is a very hard worker and a very good evaluator," Lynch said. "We didn't want to lose Adam, but I'm excited for him. He worked his tail off for us, and it's a tremendous opportunity for him. He knows John, and so they'll have a great working relationship.
"It's a very positive things for the 49ers to have those two."