49ers opt not to 'fire Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch' but instead choose to extend both

It's got to be a tough day for the "fire Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch" crowd of Niners fans.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (L) and general manager John Lynch (R)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan (L) and general manager John Lynch (R) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

Despite the Trey Lance debacle, the 49ers have opted to keep both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch around even longer on a multi-year extension deal.

Back in 2021, there were plenty of logical conclusions that stated the futures of San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan were directly tied to whether or not quarterback Trey Lance found success.

After all, both Lynch and Shanahan ultimately engineered the massive trade-up to No. 3 overall in that year's NFL Draft, resulting in Lance being the top pick and presumed future of the franchise.

Two years later, Lance had only four regular-season starts and was jettisoned to the Dallas Cowboys for a mere fourth-round pick, putting an exclamation point on what turned into a colossal failure after such an aggressive move.

Did that equate to either Shanahan or Lynch getting fired, though?

No. No chance at all.

49ers agree to multi-year extensions with Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch

The day after the Niners beat the New York Giants in front of a primetime audience in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football from Levi's Stadium, San Francisco officially announced multi-year extensions for both Lynch and Shanahan.

Unlike player contracts, coaching and executive contracts aren't public knowledge, and teams aren't required to disclose those.

What was known previously, though, was Shanahan was signed through 2025, and Lynch was inked through 2024.

Both will be around much longer now.

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It's not hard to see why either. Despite the massive whiff on Lance, the 49ers are now a perennial Super Bowl contender with star-power players on both sides of the ball, and they help sell merch, jerseys and entice fans to fill up Levi's Stadium.

The Niners have also perennially maxed out the number of primetime games each year, too, meaning both Lynch and Shanahan have put together a must-watch product.

No, San Francisco isn't going to run that. And it's press release summed it up perfectly:

"The duo joined the 49ers in February of 2017 and have since led the organization to the postseason three times, claimed two NFC West division titles (2019 & 2022), reached three NFC Championship games (2019 & 2021-22) and a trip to Super Bowl LIV. Under their leadership, the 49ers have posted a regular season record of 55-46 over the past seven seasons and gone 6-3 in the playoffs. Since 2019, San Francisco's 45 wins are tied for the fourth-most in the NFL and are the second-most in the NFC."

So, for those who were thinking Lynch and/or Shanahan should be dismissed from their duties, it might be a tough day admitting the 49ers wholly disagree.

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