John Lynch Tested The 49ers Throughout The Interview Process, Because That Doesn't Seem At All Backwards
LBS- New San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch says he was playing a little game with his new employer throughout the interview process.
Lynch told KNBR 680 on Wednesday that he asked CEO Jed York and executive Paraag Marathe to keep his candidacy a secret in order to see if he could trust them to not leak it to the media.
“One of the great and liberating things for me, and I think why this thing came to fruition, I made a big deal that this stay quiet,” Lynch said, via Kevin Jones of KNBR. “First of all, you know what I was doing? Part of the rumors are things fly out of that building. And I wanted to see if I could trust this person. And so that was part of my thinking.”
Oh my, how the mighty have fallen. The San Francisco 49er's - owners of five Super Bowl Championships and once the preeminent franchise in the NFL - got treated like the uglier person on a first date by the man who eventually became their ridiculously unqualified General Manager. A safety turned sportscaster who hardly deserved to be in the room basically walked in and sat on the dominant side of the desk. Credit where credit is due because this is proof positive that fortune favors the bold, but how is it even possible that Jed York lost the upper hand to someone who should have barely had a Donald Trump-esque grip on the job?
Can you imagine John Lynch sitting there making demands of a professional sports team that could have found a better candidate had they picked out of a hat? Now that I know that he was basically conducting his own interview, I'm half surprised we haven't heard that he asked Paraag Marathe why manhole covers are round. Jesus Jed, have a little respect for yourself! If I were the Niners I would have had a banner flown all throughout the Bay Area that said "BREAKING NEWS: JOHN LYNCH LEAD CANDIDATE FOR 49ERS JOB" just as a way to untuck my metaphorical mangina. John Lynch just bullied a once proud organization into a leading role in their front office by acting like the chubby girl whose 'Tinder' profile includes a laundry list of requirements out of her potential suitors. I guess that speaks to his ability to manage a room (thus becoming the only relevant credential on his resume), but it definitely doesn't speak to the stability of his new franchise.