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I don’t know.

The San Francisco 49ers ended their general manager search on Sunday, naming FOX color analyst John Lynch to be the next guy in charge of rebuilding a roster from scratch. Yeah, let’s ponder that piece of info a little further: The 49ers aren’t where they were when Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh came into the organization respectively. They aren’t where the Denver Broncos were when John Elway took over in 2011. San Francisco is quite possibly the worst team in the NFL and even the Cleveland Browns may possess more interesting players, not to mention more first round draft picks.

I don’t know.

Lynch also doesn’t have the executive experience of Elway. Lest we forget that Elway ran the AFL’s Colorado Crush from 2002 until 2008. And even then, Elway said that he had no interest in being a head coach or general manager back in 2010, noting: “I don't have that kind of experience to be able to pick those players day in and day out and such." But I guess he quickly changed his mind and became de facto GM in 2011, ousting “GM” Brian Xanders after that season. At that point, Denver had a talented defense, talented receiver, enough to convince Peyton Manning to join the team in 2012.

Nobody of Manning’s ilk is joining the 49ers in 2017. I don’t know.

Lynch will reportedly get along well with Kyle Shanahan, the unofficial next head coach in San Francisco. The two never really crossed paths during their NFL careers, as Shanahan took a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004; Lynch left the Bucs following the 2003 season. Lynch did play for Kyle’s father Mike with Denver from 2004 to 2007. Jay Glazer, Lynch’s co-worker at FOX, had nothing but good things to say about Lynch:

John Lynch is EXACTLY who you'd want turning a place around. Ultimate out-work-the-world type with zero politics to him and has different level of respect from players and coaches.

That sentiment is not being shared by many right now, since Lynch has never worked in an NFL front office, and hasn’t been in the league even as a player since 2008. He’s not working his way up in the way that Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome did, serving in the front office for over 10 years before being promoted to that position. Jed York is either going off of blind faith, bribery, or blackmail.

I don’t know.

Not to say that Lynch can’t be a good GM. We have no idea. Perhaps he gets the last laugh. Perhaps he showed York a dossier on every available NFL player and draft hopeful that would blow your mind. Perhaps he’s been doing so much freelance pro bono scouting, for his own personal benefit, and never told anyone, that he’s more than qualified. It’s rumored that ESPN’s Mark Dominik, Tampa Bay’s GM from 2009 to 2013, will be Lynch’s director of player personnel. Again, not the other way around. Maybe that’s the right decision, but overall the move is certainly a head-scratching hire.

I don’t know.