Programming note: Watch the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan introductory press conference on Thursday at 1pm on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
Shortly after arriving in the South Bay with a six-year contract as the 49ers’ new head coach, Kyle Shanahan asked the team’s fan base for patience in what figures to be a dramatic rebuilding project.
Shanahan and general manager John Lynch both signed six-year contracts to replace Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke, whose firings were announced immediately after the 49ers’ 2-14 season.
“Give us some time, be patient with us,” Shanahan said in a brief video posted on the 49ers’ Twitter account. “I promise you guys we’re going to work as hard as anyone and do things the right way with good people, high character guys. It’s going to be a lot of work, tough work, but I promise you guys it’ll be worth it. And we’ll do this right way and make you guys proud and will not let you guys down. (I) look forward to talking to you all.”
Shanahan and his wife, Mandy, arrived in the Bay Area on Wednesday via a private plane from Atlanta. Shanahan, Lynch and 49ers CEO Jed York are scheduled to appear at a press conference at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday at 1 p.m.
New GM John Lynch issued the following statement in a Twitter video: "Hey Faithful, it's your new general manager John Lynch. I wanted to say hello and I can't wait for this season to get going, but we've got a lot of work to do before that," said Lynch. "Kyle and I are so excited for this opportunity."
"As I've said to many other people, we're not gonna promise a whole lot other than the fact that we will work tirelessly to get this team back on top where it belongs. It's a proud organization; we're striving for that, we're gonna do it right and we're gonna make you proud with the type of guys we bring to this team as well.
"Faithful, we can't wait to see ya in 2017 and we're gonna go off to work until then an appreciate the warm, warm welcome that everyone's been giving us."