49ers’ Kyle Shanahan says reported friction with John Lynch is ‘complete bulls**t’
Earlier this week, a report surfaced that claimed that friction between San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch was beginning to occur, with Shanahan becoming distrustful of Lynch’s decision making and ability to draft and sign players to the team. Now, the coach is speaking out against such claims.
Responding to the claims in a text message to NBC Sports Bay Area, Shanahan was very clear on what he thought of the report.
“Complete bulls—t,” Shanahan said.
Of course, any other reply would be surprising, so it seems as if Shanahan might just be doing his due diligence in denying any such friction between himself and the front office of the 49ers.
According to the initial report, Shanahan has no interest in getting into the player evolution portion of the league, but isn’t exactly happy with how Lynch has built the team. The report goes on to say that should things continue to arise, it will be Lynch and deputy chief Adam Peters who will be ousted from the team, with Shanahan free to choose his own personnel man.
Despite the report, it’s important to note that Shanahan was the man who selected Lynch to serve as his general manager, and there haven’t been many signs of dysfunction between the two, at least publicly.
At the 2019 NFL Draft, both members seemed friendly, and even spoke to the media together following the event.
Although the 49ers have a disappointing 10-22 record since the hiring of both men, there’s reason for optimism on the horizon.
The team did just draft defensive standout Nick Bosa with the second overall pick, Jimmy Garoppolo will be returning from a torn ACL, and Shanahan is still one of the best play callers the NFL has to offer.
In the meantime, it’ll be interesting to see how their relationship plays out during the season.