The Lynch/Shanahan era began with a shock as no one outside of the organization saw John Lynch as a candidate to be an executive for football operations with any club. Behind the scenes they were putting together a team with a similar mindset to restoring this stories organization to its former glory. Each year since their partnership we have seen growth of the team, growth of the organization and growth in support by the faithful fan of the 49ers.
This year has been a little different and we were told at the beginning of the season that the team would not be as transparent as it had in the past in an attempt to allow the team to keep a competitive advantage. Not sure it has had the affect the team intended as there has been much more speculation from fans and the media this offseason. Obviously there have been some coaching changes and due to injuries, the team has had to change up their game plan to some extent. This season just feels “off” and after last season, it appears that the expectations of the Faithful need to be tempered.
BUMPS IN THE ROAD:
Due to COVID restrictions and rule changes for both Injured Reserves and the Practice Squad, the fanbase appear to be confused with the team’s actions or non-actions in some instances. We see everyday that the fanbase has unreal expectation with wanting to trade for players or wanting to sign players because they don’t believe the salary cap is a real thing or the numbers can just be manipulated anyway the team seems fit. I understand were they are coming from when you see a team such as the Rams resign several players to large contract, but the simple truth is that other teams within the NFC West are mortgaging the future of their teams in an effort to be competitive with the 49ers.
In short, I appreciate the team’s transparency but I would like the Faithful to understand the we have been fortunate to have that, as many teams don’t release nearly as much information as the 49ers have done in the past. Going forward I think that we will continue to see misdirection from the coaching staff and the front office, but this will be for strategic reasons, not because they are hiding information. Lynch and Shanahan have built something that the fans can be proud of once again and we just have to keep the faith and trust that they have the 49er’s best interests in mind.