49ers GM Lynch: 'I don't think it's a 2-14 roster'

49ers GM Lynch: 'I don't think it's a 2-14 roster'

SANTA CLARA – After the scouts go home from a long day at work, 49ers general manager John Lynch remains behind and plays catch-up.

He wants to gain a firm grasp on the talent level of the players who suited up for the 49ers last season.

“In order to know what you need, you better first look at what you have,” Lynch said.

Shortly after the 49ers’ 2-14 season, the club announced the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke.

“There’s some work to be done,” Lynch said. “I don’t think it’s a 2-14 roster, though. I think it’s a little better than that.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan will run the 49ers’ offense. He will not have anyone on his staff with the title of “offensive coordinator,” because he will handle the same responsibilities with the 49ers as he has held the past nine seasons while running the offenses in Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta.

“You can look at tape and see good football players, but system fit is critical to this whole thing,” Lynch said. “Having Kyle here has already helped because he’s able to come in the room and say, ‘OK, at receiver, here are the traits I’m looking for.’ We need that same thing on the defensive side of the football. And that’s why we started on offense as we worked through the players.”

The 49ers have yet to make any official hires to their coaching staff, but the team is zeroing in on going with co-defensive coordinators Robert Saleh and Jerome Henderson, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and The Sporting News reported. Saleh coached linebackers with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, while Henderson was the defensive passing game coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons.

“We’ve talked to guys who run 4-3. We’ve talked to guys who run 3-4,” Lynch said. “I think we both know, on defense, we want to be aggressive. And people say aggressive, and they think we want to blitz like crazy. Aggressive in everything we do. We don’t want to sit back. We want to attack. That’s what I know as a player. We want to be multiple.

“Kyle talks about what gives him problems as an offensive coordinator. And so I think those are things we’re looking for. A lot of it is going to depend on the coordinator -- where we end. We’re working toward that. We’re really excited with where we’re heading.”

Terrell Owens selects former 49ers coach as his Hall of Fame presenter


Terrell Owens selects former 49ers coach as his Hall of Fame presenter

Terrell Owens has selected former 49ers special teams and wide receivers coach George Stewart as his presenter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“He knew what to get out of me,” Owens told the Hall of Fame.

“He knows who I am. To know who Terrell Owens is, you have to spend some time with him. . . George Stewart became a father figure to me.”

Owens was elected into the Hall of Fame in February. He will enter the Hall of Fame in a class that also includes wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.

Owens played special teams under Stewart’s direction as a rookie after coming to the 49ers in 1996.

From 2000 to ’02, Stewart worked as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach. Owens was selected to three consecutive All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls during that time. Owens ranks No. 2 all time behind Jerry Rice with 15,934 receiving yards. He is third all-time with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Stewart is set to enter his 30th NFL season as an assistant coach and his second as special-teams coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Class of 2018 will be enshrined inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear


Sherman makes his concern over Reid's free-agency status loud and clear

Safety Eric Reid, who has 69 career starts and one Pro Bowl appearance in his five-year NFL career, remains available on the open market more than a week after the opening of free agency.

Reid has received no reported interest from NFL teams in what has been an unusually soft market for free-agent safeties. But, with Reid, there is another variable that could be playing a factor.

Reid was at the forefront of the social activism that has been a major storyline in the NFL since the beginning of the 2016 season. Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racial inequality in America.

Reid has remained outspoken and has taken a knee as a way to “make people uncomfortable about the issues.” Reid has been clear his protest has nothing to do with the flag or the anthem.

“The anthem is just a vehicle to get us to have those conversations,” Reid told NBC Sports Bay Area last season. “It’s the platform we have. It’s the only time we have to get the eyeballs on us to do that. If we just did locker-room talks afterward, nobody would even know. Strategically, this is the only way we thought we could do it.”

Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on March 10, had been the Seattle Seahawks’ player representative. He is a vice president of the NFL Players Association. Reid was the 49ers’ union representative.

Sherman said he is keeping a close eye on Reid’s situation.

“We are concerned, because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in this league,” Sherman said on Tuesday. “He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. Safeties make a certain amount. I would think he’s top-five, top-10 safeties in this league, so he deserves to be paid accordingly.

“So there is concern there, because you would think a player of his caliber and his quality would be picked up by now. I think great teams are still looking and people are still looking for players. I’m praying that he gets picked up. But if he doesn’t, then I think there will be a conversation with the league office and the union on potential league action.”

Kaepernick never got so much as an opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot during training camp last season. Could Reid, 26, be heading for the same fate?

Reid addressed the issue last week on social media:

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.”

The 49ers have not placed a priority on re-signing Reid. The club already has potential starting safeties Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert under contract for the upcoming season.

Reid, whom the 49ers traded up to select with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has 10 career interceptions. He appeared to thrive last season in run support as a safety who played closer to the line of scrimmage.