Let’s say this massive trade for the No. 3 pick doesn’t work out for the 49ers. How would that result affect the franchise and the future of John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan?
If the trade doesn’t work, the 49ers will most likely fire one or both. One layoff could be this year (probably Lynch) and the other could be the following year (probably Shanahan). Because if they mess up this trade, the 49ers would have to tear down the roster and rebuild it. And Lynch and Shanahan probably won’t get a second chance to build the 49ers from scratch. They would have to start over.
I still don’t understand why Lynch and Shanahan did this exchange in the first place. It’s like the Robert Griffin III trade, when Washington traded three first-round players and a second to St. Louis for promotion to Griffin. That trade was doomed from the start – there was no possible way that Griffin could justify all the assets Washington traded to get it. And it didn’t live up to expectations. And Washington held Kyle Shanahan and his father responsible and fired them.
So why would Shanahan do this exchange again?
It feels more like a Jed York exchange to me. He’s risky, desperate, and reckless – all of York’s distinctive qualities. The exchange feels out of place for Lynch and Shanahan.
I wonder if York gave them an ultimatum: get a new quarterback this year, or not.
If so, what choice did Lynch and Shanahan have?
I don’t envy your position.