On Feb. 9, the 49ers introduced general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Last Friday, Steve Young was asked if Lynch and Shanahan have reached out to him.
"Yes," Young answered point blank on KNBR 680. "The great news, and people say, 'that's self-serving,' but I really truly don't believe it is. We have a history, maybe Top 4 organizations with a history like this in the league. And we are now gonna try and use all of that to inspire the guys on the field today. That's a smart thing to do.
"Those guys are cousins to the original 20 years. John understands it because he was in Denver. Kyle understands it ... so they know what it's supposed to feel like. They know what it's supposed to look like, and I think they have completely embraced it. John especially has just said the first thing these players are gonna hear about it is what we used to be like; what the standard is."
Young -- a 49ers legend who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 -- discusses the state of the 49ers on a virtual week-to-week basis during the season.
He is extremely passionate about the organization and hasn't been afraid to voice his disappointment with the past couple of years.
The 1994 Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP believes the 49ers have the right man leading the franchise into the future.
"I really admire John as a human being, as a leader, as somebody who's going to be very open, transparent," Young explained. "The truth is, we got a culture now that's gonna feed excellence. Now you gotta have great players, but at some point they gotta put that locker room back together, where they have that five to seven to nine to ten great leaders in the locker room.
"And then it doesn't matter what play you call, doesn't matter what defense you run, you're gonna play well."
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The 49ers officially named Kyle Shanahan the team's next head coach o nMonday. As Atlanta's offensive coordinator this season, the 2016 Assistant Coach of the Year helped lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl only to fall to the Patriots in overtime Sunday after jumping out to a 21-0 lead.
Shanahan's offense managed just seven points in the second half and former 49ers quarterbacks Steve Young and Trent Dilfer were not impressed with the late-game play-calling.
“It got tight,” Dilfer said on ESPN after the game. “Now, they had to play the game they were a little uncomfortable with because (New England) started to come back. And they relied on that mantra of, 'Just stay aggressive. Just stay aggressive.' When actually, wisdom and discernment and calmness and being conservative is what would have won them the game."
Two plays in particular drew the ire of Young and Dilfer.
With 8:31 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Falcons leading 28-12 and facing 3rd and 1, Matt Ryan dropped back and was strip-sacked. The turnover resulted in a Patriots touchdown five plays later.
"Inexcusable," Young said. "Deep drop. Third-and-1. You got the blitz. Everyone knew it. I saw it coming from five seconds before the snap. You cannot hold the football in that situation and allow that."
"Don’t take a seven-step drop," Dilfer added. "You just don’t do it. That’s what leads to a strip sack."
Later, with 3:56 remaining in regulation and the Falcons up 28-20 and facing 2nd and 11 from the Patriots 23-yard line, Ryan dropped back and was sacked for a loss of 12 yards. After a holding penalty and an incompletion, the Falcons were forced to punt, and the Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion 10 plays later.
"I can’t tell you how inexcusable that is," Young said. "That cannot happen. The ball has got to come out. The play-calling cannot put it into a deep drop. Those are things that lose Super Bowls."