The thing with Fooch is, he is a great resource so I wanted to make these questions with the enemy a littler deeper.
That is especially true with the 49ers and Rams being under new management.
Fooch answered two questions. We will take a look at one today and one tomorrow.
Thanks for the time, Fooch!
1. How has Shanahan/Lynch changed the culture of SF and is it already taking root?
The 49ers were an absolute train wreck for much of the past three years. Things were flying high under Jim Harbaugh, with a Super Bowl appearance in 2012 and an NFC title game appearance in 2013. Things started going south in 2014 with a whisper campaign against Harbaugh. He was not the easiest personality to deal with, and so you ended up with a room full of grown-ups acting like five year olds.
General manager Trent Baalke won the power struggle, but his struggles in the draft showed up big as the 49ers saw a host of players retire or leave in free agency following the 2014 season. The 49ers went in the tank, and the team found themselves going through two coaches in two years. Baalke was fired alongside Chip Kelly this offseason, and the organization finally shook things up with the hiring of John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.
Lynch is proving to be an adept recruiter of players. Big cap space is certainly helpful, but Lynch has the experience as a former player that seems to benefit in their free agent pitches. Lynch and Shanahan are bringing an incredibly straight forward approach that really seemed to be lacking in recent years. I think the bigger test is late this season if and when the losses pile up. That will really tell us how this team holds together. We are seeing a lot more optimism through three weeks, even at 0-3, but come November or December, I'll be really curious to see how the 49ers players are operating, and if there is any in-fighting. My concerns might be primarily due to the problems of the past three seasons.