SANTA CLARA – There is still plenty of work that needs to be done at 49ers headquarters, so general manager John Lynch believes that is where he will be needed most this season.
The 49ers will chart their plan for a franchise quarterback. Brian Hoyer will get the first shot. The 49ers could also look to bring in someone from the outside -- via trade or free agency -- next offseason.
And there is also the possibility of drafting a quarterback.
Thankfully for Lynch, the top quarterbacks projected for the 2018 draft will be coming to the Bay Area this season.
“A lot of them are coming right here, so we don’t have to get on the road,” Lynch said on the “49ers Insider Podcast” on NBC Sports Bay Area.
UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold are scheduled to visit Stanford and Cal, respectively, on Sept. 23. Kickoff times have not been set, so it could be possible for Lynch and his personnel staff to watch both quarterbacks on the same day.
On Nov. 25, Wyoming and their highly touted quarterback, Josh Allen, will come to the South Bay to face San Jose State.
Lynch said it’s important for the 49ers – a franchise that fell into disrepair in recent seasons with general manager Trent Baalke and three head coaches in three years – to remain at the 49ers offices and practice facility throughout the season as a show of support for new coach Kyle Shanahan.
“A lot of general managers have shared things they learned the hard way,” Lynch said. “And one consistent message I’ve heard from people when you’re trying to change a culture and you’re trying to set a standards, it’s a good thing to be home more often than not.
“You want to show everyone, ‘Hey, I’m with you.’ . . . It’s important to be here. As much as I want to get out on the road, that’s going to be tempered a little by the fact, it’s important to be around here and be a support to Kyle and to continue to set the culture.”