John Lynch is on the clock.
He needs to crush the draft this year, or his time as a general manager could end soon. Through two seasons as a GM, his 49ers are 10-22. If they have another losing season in 2019, someone probably will get fired, and that someone could be Lynch, fair or not.
Lynch isn’t solely responsible for the 49ers’ problems — head coach Kyle Shanahan shares culpability. He’s the one who wanted to take quarterback C.J. Beathard in Round 3 of the 2017 draft instead of NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes in Round 1.
But, if the 49ers were to fire Shanahan after next season, he almost certainly would get another job in the NFL right away, either as a head coach or an offensive coordinator. He has a good reputation in the league.
If the 49ers were to fire Lynch after next season, he almost certainly would NOT get another job in the NFL. He probably would have to return to the broadcast booth. He was a good announcer and a terrific player, but has no reputation as an executive in the league. Hasn’t proven enough.
This is the most important month of Lynch’s career as a GM. He doesn’t need to knock every pick out of the park, but he needs to prove himself in the following ways:
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