John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have 10 wins in two seasons with the 49ers, but Jed York’s plan all along was for long term equilibrium.
PHOENIX — The sanfrancisco 49ers suffered many key injuries in 2018, and they narrowly avoided another.
“I thought I broke my wrist when I heard he tore his ACL,” York said. “Regrettably, it was a stud. You have to find the dry wall, that’s the key. It appears so much better to put a hole through the wall rather than getting a stud and break your wrist”
A year that began with the assurance of breaking through the metaphorical wall of their recent battles ended with a resounding thud.
What remained was a 4-12 season by the 49ers failed to take the step forward they’d hoped. Without Garoppolo for a full season, they were left with more questions than answers.
As coach Kyle Shanahan and overall director John Lynch head to the halfway point of their six-year deals they signed up in 2017, progress is more difficult to see than it was once the Niners shut the 2017 season using a Garoppolo-fueled five-game winning series.
York said in the week’s NFL annual meetings that he can be as confident in his hand-picked coach and general director tandem as and didn’t sound like somebody who is growing impatient that results have to come.
“I think that was a large thing comprehending that we’d in stability, knowing that we’d multiple trainers in multiple years and going right through this, we wanted to send a note to everybody that Kyle and John, into our own existing players, into our fanbase, to future free agents, those guys are going to be here for a long time period,” York said. “Understanding they’re both very first time within their own job, we need to make sure we get through a few of this trial and error. There are going to be things that get broken, there are getting to be mistakes that are made, but just how do we know out of this and how do we get much better?
“There certainly are lots of things that you don’t know exactly what you never understand when you’re in those places, and I think it’s been interesting to see these guys come together and prove that they have been a stronger bond now than that which they were two years before, and it’s only getting stronger”
After crossing out former coach Chip Kelly and general director Trent Baalke after having a two-win 20-16 season, York ensured cohesion and equilibrium. Both were lacking in the organization since only before the passing of Jim Harbaugh. So, York wished to obtain a coach and general director he knew could do the job in tandem, honestly discuss issues and be in alignment when it came time for you to make big decisions.
Shanahan and Lynch had a simple attachment from the time they were hired, with known each other before his union with the Niners had become official. Still, a friendship and a business partnership are various things, with both coach and GM in their tasks for the very first time, there guessed to be some growing pains.
It helped they began their working relationship throughout the more relaxed off-season, not throughout the summer when Shanahan has been”only a tad bit more up tight.”
“They begin to master my personality when I’m easier to deal with and when I’m not,” Shanahan said. “I visit it with them, too, and you begin to understand what worried each other out, what things one another likes. It just like any human relationship. You begin to learn one another, and I presume you get good at working with each other the more you realize.”
While the Niners’ leadership is currently working in lock step, the reality remains that winning supreme — and with 10 wins in just two seasons, there has never been nearly enough.
“[York’s] service was steady and so that’s not news to us,” Lynch explained. “But the truth is everybody knows that you have results. This is probably the most results-oriented business I understand. We know — we expect that out of ourselves, that is most important.”
York appreciates the manner Shanahan and Lynch have gone about re building the roster and will be a believer that the team is acquiring both fantastic football players along with robust locker-room characters. That team didn’t grow to be a success overnight, but the seeds for it can possibly be found at the makings of a stout shield in 2009-2010.
This Niners team doesn’t have those defensive bits, but York finds potential in Garoppolo, who he thinks can be”very special,” together with promising young players like defensive handle DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle.
They key today for York & Co. is always to ensure that the only real studs they find are ones who might help lead the Niners to victories.
“We want to be certain we have the right core groups of people within our team,” York said,”and construct that thing at which we all can compete for a regular time period, and it’s really a Patriot-type bargain where you’ve got 10, 15, 20 years of sustained success. That is my aspiration to own a team which can do this”