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."