San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be sticking around Santa Clara for a while.
The 49ers announced Friday afternoon they have signed the two men to multi-year contract extensions. No specifics were given with regards to the length of the contracts. Lynch had been signed through the 2024 season and Kyle Shanahan through 2025.
Since the two took over in 2017 the 49ers have posted a 55-46 regular season and gone 6-3 in the playoffs. Together they have won two NFC West division titles claimed two NFC West division titles and advanced to the NFC Championship game three times. They also advanced to Super Bowl LIV.
In 2019, Lynch was named Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. He has been instrumental in acquiring players who meet the vision of Shanahan. Through the draft he has added All-Pros such as Nick Bosa, George Kittle, Talanoa Hufanga, Deebo Samuel and Fred Warner, along with other standouts such as Brock Purdy and Dre Greenlaw. Lynch has also acquired All-Pros Christian McCaffrey and Trent Willams through trade and signed Pro Bowlers Kyle Juszczyk and Javon Hargrave in free agency.
Shanahan was named the 20th head coach in franchise history on February 6, 2017. He was named Coach of the Year by Sporting News and NFC Coach of the Year by the Committee of 101 after leading the 49ers to a 13-3 regular season record, the NFC West Division Title and an appearance in Super Bowl LIV in 2019. The 49ers nine-win improvement from 2018 to 2019 was the largest win improvement from one season to the next in franchise history. During his time as head coach, San Francisco has averaged 367.3 net yards per game, the fifth-most in the NFL since 2017.
This move provides the 49ers with long term stability at the top of their football operation. Lynch has long been the focus of rumors about a potential return to the broadcast booth. Shanahan has built a strong locker room and in Brock Purdy appears to have finally found his answer at quarterback. One of the top play callers in the NFL today, Kyle Shanahan has his team to at least 30 points for the six consecutive regular season game with their 30-12 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night. This breaks the franchise record of five set by Bill Walsh in 1984.