John Lynch

49ers' Lynch on Trump: 'We expect better from that office'

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49ers' Lynch on Trump: 'We expect better from that office'

When President Donald Trump made his initial comments against NFL players protesting during the national anthem, the 49ers had already played their Week 3 matchup. And so, with the rest of the teams in the league already taken a stance on last Sunday and Monday, the attention has turned to the protest’s source: the San Francisco 49ers.

On Friday, 49ers general manager John Lynch made his first public comments about Trump’s comments in his weekly interview with KNBR.

“I have great respect for that office,” Lynch said of the presidency. ”I think they sacrifice a lot. But I was put off by the comments. I think by the tenor of them. There’s a way to act presidential and I don’t feel like that was. I think we expect better from that office.”

Lynch is referring to Trump’s comments during a speech in Alabama where he used a derogatory term towards players like former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and current safety Eric Reid – adding that he feels NFL owners should fire those players who choose to protest.

The NFL responded with varying degrees of protest – including teams that released statements, interlocked arms, knelt, or did not participate in the pregame ceremony and stayed in the locker room as the anthem played.

Lynch mentioned in the interview, he believes the NFL does unify people.

“This league is …  it’s a great example for the rest of society in terms of accepting others that are different from you for multiple reasons — be it their race, religion, where they are from, the country — and we come together for a common goal. I think if the rest of the country, the rest of the world could do that, we’d be in a better place. NFL players when challenged they bond together, and I think you’ve seen that. Like I said hopefully now we can move that forward and I think everyone wants that.”

John Lynch: Football not about secrets, 'it should flatter Pete Carroll'

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John Lynch: Football not about secrets, 'it should flatter Pete Carroll'

During his time as a broadcaster, John Lynch spent a decent amount of time with Pete Carroll during TV production meetings.

And on Wednesday, the Seahawks' head coach said some interesting things about the 49ers' general manager:

“I’m kind of disappointed he went on to be a GM in our division because I like John a lot,” Carroll told reporters. "He asked a lot of questions – more than most guys do. We went into a lot of depth.

"So he does know how we think. Whether that’s becoming part of what they (the 49ers) do, I don’t know.”

On Friday morning, Lynch was asked about Carroll's comments.

"He joked with me both at the combine and at the owners meetings. Pete and I have a very good relationship," Lynch said on KNBR 680. "But I could tell there was some truth (laughter). I spent some time trying to convince him that I promise this thing hasn't been brewing for years.

"I didn't know that I was gonna end up the general manager of the 49ers, let alone be a general manager at all.

"To be honest -- what I was doing -- my parents taught me anything you do you want to be the best at it. And when I was a broadcaster, that's a way you could let fans in. 

"I just have a natural curiosity for the game of football. It should flatter Pete Carroll because he's a guy that I was fascinated with -- the way he runs an organization. And so it was more those type of philosophical things."

So what did Lynch glean from Carroll?

"One thing that I probably learned from him is just that these season's are grinds," Lynch answered. "They really are. I knew that from playing in this league. They are long and tough and hard seasons, both physicall and mentally. And I think Pete has a tremendous positivity to him ... it's why I was fascinated with him.

"It's really in line with what I believe in life -- you be relentlessly positive but also have high expectations. And I've seen him in tough situations -- they've got some players with personalities up there and I've seen him handle those, and handle them in a way that I really respect. He lets people's personalities shine, but he also keeps the team together...

"You're in there, you're curious, you ask questions and he shared. But ultimately, this game is not about secrets. It's about who's gonna go execute, who's gonna go make plays when the game's on the line."

The 49ers play the Seahawks in Seattle this Sunday.

Pete Carroll disappointed John Lynch is GM in NFC West

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Pete Carroll disappointed John Lynch is GM in NFC West

Through the years as an analyst on FOX Sports’ No. 2 NFL broadcast team, John Lynch had ample opportunity to sit down with Seattle coach Pete Carroll.

During production meetings, a routine in which the announcers meet with coaches and players a day before the broadcast, Lynch went deep during his conversations with Carroll.

In fact, Lynch called the Seahawks’ playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons last season. Less than a month later, Lynch teamed up with then-Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers.

The 49ers will face the Seahawks on Sunday in Week 2 of the NFL regular season.

“I’m kind of disappointed he went on to be a GM in our division because I like John a lot,” Carroll said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“He asked a lot of questions – more than most guys do. We went into a lot of depth. So he does know how we think. Whether that’s becoming part of what they (the 49ers) do, I don’t know.”

Carroll said he is not surprised that Lynch yearned to return to the competitiveness of the NFL. After all, Lynch was a nine-time Pro Bowl safety with Tampa Bay and Denver. In looking back on it, Carroll can see that Lynch had front-office aspirations.

“I don’t think there’s any question, the way he went about finding his information and getting answers to things,” Carroll said. “He was in-depth beyond where most guys go. He wanted to know why. And ‘What were you thinking?’ Those kinds of things. I didn’t really put it together. I thought he’d be doing Monday Night Football or something, some day.

“He was adding up his background and reservoir of information at the time. It makes sense it came out to get him a GM job.”