Before the 49ers entrusted John Lynch with the huge responsibility of rebuilding the team’s roster as the general manager, Lynch wanted to see if he could trust the 49ers.
Part of the reason Lynch wanted his interaction with the 49ers to remain secret was a test, he said Wednesday morning on KNBR’s Murph and Mac. He wanted to find out if the organization was capable of keeping sensitive information in-house.
“I made a big deal that this stayed quiet,” Lynch said. “First of all, you know what I was doing? Part of the rumors are things fly out of that building. So I wanted to see could I trust (them), you know? So that was part of my thinking.”
Lynch worked as FOX television analyst on NFL games for the past eight years. When he started kicking around the idea of working with presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers, he wanted to make sure he felt confident with the organization.
“If I was going to engage in these conversation, we can’t beat around the bush,” Lynch said. “We’ve got to get right to: ‘Do I want to work for these people?’ I can tell you what I found, my interaction with Jed York, he’s a guy that all he wants to do is win.
“He’s tired of some strife and some contention in the building. He wants harmony. He wants to give us the resources. He wants to be a support mechanism, but he wants to get out of the way and let us work. And, to me, that’s an awesome deal.”