Have Lynch, Shanahan reached out to Steve Young? 'The great news...'

Have Lynch, Shanahan reached out to Steve Young? 'The great news...'

On Feb. 9, the 49ers introduced general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Last Friday, Steve Young was asked if Lynch and Shanahan have reached out to him.

"Yes," Young answered point blank on KNBR 680. "The great news, and people say, 'that's self-serving,' but I really truly don't believe it is. We have a history, maybe Top 4 organizations with a history like this in the league. And we are now gonna try and use all of that to inspire the guys on the field today. That's a smart thing to do.

"Those guys are cousins to the original 20 years. John understands it because he was in Denver. Kyle understands it ... so they know what it's supposed to feel like. They know what it's supposed to look like, and I think they have completely embraced it. John especially has just said the first thing these players are gonna hear about it is what we used to be like; what the standard is."

Young -- a 49ers legend who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 -- discusses the state of the 49ers on a virtual week-to-week basis during the season.

He is extremely passionate about the organization and hasn't been afraid to voice his disappointment with the past couple of years.

The 1994 Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP believes the 49ers have the right man leading the franchise into the future.

"I really admire John as a human being, as a leader, as somebody who's going to be very open, transparent," Young explained. "The truth is, we got a culture now that's gonna feed excellence. Now you gotta have great players, but at some point they gotta put that locker room back together, where they have that five to seven to nine to ten great leaders in the locker room.

"And then it doesn't matter what play you call, doesn't matter what defense you run, you're gonna play well."

49ers GM John Lynch shows he still has soft spot for Broncos

49ers GM John Lynch shows he still has soft spot for Broncos

DENVER — Sporting an orange tie and a blue shirt, John Lynch made it clear he hasn't severed his ties to the Denver community after joining the San Francisco 49ers' front office.

"We want to keep this going, that's the plan," Lynch said Friday following the 19th annual John Lynch Salute The Stars awards luncheon at Sports Authority Field.

Lynch said there was never any thought of shuttering his foundation's connection to the greater Denver area after he left the broadcast booth to join the 49ers in a surprise move over the winter.

Nor did he have a problem hosting his event, with Denver coach Vance Joseph as the featured speaker, at the Broncos' stadium, where he played from 2004-07 and where he joined the teams' Ring of Fame last October.

"Not from my side. I think it was raised at some point through someone at the Broncos but, as usual, John Elway stepped in and Joe Ellis and said, 'Listen, this is silly. This is about the kids in this community.' And anything that was awkward, hopefully we've gotten rid of that," Lynch said. "Because I think you see what it is: it's about these kids and much more than where I'm working.

"Like I said there (on stage), I'm wearing orange because ... the Broncos will always hold a special place in my heart and in my family's heart. So, I think in life you can do more than one thing at once and we plan to do that."

Lynch counts Elway, a fellow Stanford alum, as one of his best friends and following his hiring in San Francisco, he sought Elway's permission to hire Adam Peters, who was the Broncos' director of college scouting, as his vice president of player personnel.

In 2013, Lynch served a sort of apprenticeship under Elway, attending the NFL combine with him and sitting in with the Broncos' GM during the draft.

"Yeah, he's been awesome. He's a great friend and he exposed me to the business," Lynch said. "I think the biggest thing, when I had this opportunity presented to me really quickly and had a short, finite time to give them an answer, he kind of gave me the confidence: 'You know what, you can do this, just like anything else. You can be great at it.' And hearing that from him kind of emboldened me to feel that way.

"He helped me out in the beginning but now it's like anything else, we're competing. Fortunately, we're not in the same division and all, but he's been great. He's one of my best friends in life and we understand that we both have to serve our organizations well but we can also continue to be great friends and that's what we are."

The Broncos and 49ers face each other in the preseason on Aug. 19 and the teams will hold joint practices for the second straight summer leading up to that game.

"That's where relationships come in handy and we're looking forward to the work," Lynch said.

The John Lynch Foundation, which honors student-athletes and students with special needs, awarded more than $118,000 in scholarships at the luncheon, bringing to $1.1 million what Lynch and his wife, Linda, have awarded in Colorado and Tampa Bay, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his 15-year playing career.

DRAFT GRADE: Lynch got high grades for his first draft , which included a half dozen trades, none bigger than when he swapped the second- and third-overall picks with the Chicago Bears, then got the player he wanted in Solomon Thomas along with three extra picks.

"When the Bears kept expressing interest and the deal kept getting better, I thought it either was for Myles Garrett or Solomon Thomas," Lynch said. "And people in the building who have been around for a while said you don't make that big a move unless it's a quarterback. And so we started thinking particularly draft day when the deal really got better that this was for a quarterback. We thought (Mitch) Trubisky would be the guy.

"And so ultimately a lot of people have given Ryan Pace and the Bears a hard time about that. My perspective is they got what they wanted; we got what we wanted. And if Mitchell Trubisky becomes that franchise quarterback, I think it's worth a 3 and a 4 and another 3."

Who built the 49ers? Lynch, Shanahan mold the roster

Who built the 49ers? Lynch, Shanahan mold the roster

Since the hirings of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers have turned over more than half of their 90-man offseason roster.

The 49ers announced six roster moves on Monday – three cuts, three signings – to bring the number of players added under the new regime to 50 players.

Lynch has contractual control over the 90-man offseason roster, while Shanahan has control over the 53-man regular-season roster, Lynch said during his introductory press conference.

Here’s a look at the general manager/coach combinations that first brought the team’s current roster to the organization:

Scot McCloughan/Mike Nolan (2)
LB Ahmad Brooks
LT Joe Staley

Trent Baalke/Mike Singletary (1)
LB NaVorro Bowman

Baalke/Jim Harbaugh (13)
DL Tank Carradine
TE Garrett Celek
DL Quinton Dial
WR Bruce Ellington
RB Carlos Hyde
CB Dontae Johnson
C Daniel Kilgore
LB Aaron Lynch
TE Vance McDonald
LS Kyle Nelson
CB Keith Reaser
S Eric Reid
DB Jimmie Ward

Baalke/Jim Tomsula (7)
DL Arik Armstead
TE Blake Bell
OT Trent Brown
LB Eli Harold
P Bradley Pinion
WR DeAndre Smelter
S Jaquiski Tartt

Baalke/Chip Kelly (15)
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong
G Zane Beadles
DL Ronald Blair
DL DeForest Buckner
WR Aaron Burbridge
G Joshua Garnett
CB Prince Charles Iworah
DL Chris Jones
WR Jeremy Kerley
RB Raheem Mostert
OL Norman Price
CB Will Redmond
CB Rashard Robinson
S Vinnie Sunseri
OL John Theus

Personnel department/no coach (2)
K Nick Rose
WR Rashad Ross

John Lynch/Kyle Shanahan (50)
QB Matt Barkley
C Tim Barnes
QB C.J. Beathard
RB Kapri Bibbs
WR Victor Bolden
WR Kendrick Bourne
RB Matt Breida
WR DeAndre Carter
DB Adrian Colbert
LB Brock Coyle
OL John Flynn
LB Reuben Foster
CB Zach Franklin
OL Brandon Fusco
WR Pierre Garçon
LB Jimmie Gilbert
OL Garry Gilliam
S Malik Golden
OL Evan Goodman
WR Marquise Goodwin
K Robbie Gould
RB Tim Hightower
TE Cole Hikutini
QB Brian Hoyer
S Chanceller James
DB Lorenzo Jerome
WR BJ Johnson
DL D.J. Jones
DB Don Jones
FB Kyle Juszczyk
TE George Kittle
OL Richard Levy
OL Erik Magnuson
FB Tyler McCloskey
NT Earl Mitchell
QB Nick Mullens
LB Donavin Newsom
DL Noble Nwachukwu
TE Logan Paulsen
WR Aldrick Robinson
LB Malcolm Smith
DL Pita Taumoepenu
WR Trent Taylor
DL Solomon Thomas
LB Dekoda Watson
OL Darrell Williams Jr.
RB Joe Williams
CB K’Waun Williams
DB Ahkello Witherspoon
OL Jeremy Zuttah