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Five takeaways from 49ers GM John Lynch's media availability

Niners GM discusses state of franchise ten games into his first season at helm

John Dickinson
November 21, 2017 - 3:23 pm
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49ers general manager John Lynch met with reporters Tuesday to discuss a myriad of topics surrounding the team during his first ten games as an executive. Here are my top five takeaways from the session that lasted over 40 minutes.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo is the 49ers QB of the future but that doesn’t mean he’ll play Sunday.

John Lynch said the decision regarding who would start at quarterback against the Seahawks will be made by head coach Kyle Shanahan but noted that C.J. Beathard played very well against the Giants. Lynch also indicated that because of Beathard's improvement the 49ers are in no rush to get Jimmy Garoppolo on the field. When asked about evaluating the QB position in the offseason Lynch said, "We feel pretty good about our QB room." When Lynch was asked more specifically about Garoppolo long term he said, "we feel he's going to be our guy."

2. The 49ers believe they are set at offensive tackle

John Lynch had high praise for both left tackle Joe Staley and right tackle Trent Brown when asked about trade rumors that surrounded Staley before his injury at the trade deadline. "We feel like there's a lot of places where we need to improve and you always are trying to improve but those two guys are cornerstones for the next couple, few years, Lynch said. More specifically Lynch said the 49ers love the way Staley plays and that, "he's a really good scheme fit" for the offense.

3. 49ers happy with Solomon Thomas as a rookie

Number three overall draft pick Solomon Thomas has received mixed but mostly underwhelming reviews for his rookie season. John Lynch disagreed with those disappointed at the way Thomas has begun his career.

“I’ve been very very pleased with Solomon. I think some people are saying number three pick maybe perhaps should be a little more dynamic but his play has been solid and we knew it would be a process. He’s a young kid that I think physically he’s going to grow in stature.”

Lynch added that Thomas has played a lot of snaps for a rookie and while he never wants to see anyone get hurt but his injury almost came at a good time because he could see Thomas getting tired. “I feel like these last six games are going to be really good for him. He’s a worker. I challenge anyone to say he hasn’t played extremely well. I think he’s been a very solid player. I only think it will get better.

Lynch said part of the vision for Thomas was to rush from the inside on third downs but hasn’t been able to be used enough in that role due to issues at other positions.

4. Arik Armstead was coming around before injury

Arik Armstead played his best game of the season before he went down with a season ending hand injury according to John Lynch who added Armstead has a “bright future” with the organization and is a good fit for their defensive scheme as a LEO pass rusher.

5. Free safety Adrian Colbert impressed

John Lynch knows safety play and rookie safety Adrian Colbert caught the eye of Lynch when he filled in for the injured Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt against the Giants. Lynch said Colbert, "displayed some things in that game that are characteristic of a starter and a big time starter."

5. Free safety Adrian Colbert impressed

John Lynch knows safety play and rookie safety Adrian Colbert caught the eye of Lynch when he filled in for Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt against the Giants. Lynch said Colbert, "displayed some things in that game that are characteristic of a starter and a big time starter."

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