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Craving for competition drove John Lynch from booth to GM role

About an hour after new San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch had taken part in his introductory news conference, he walked into the media room at Levi’s Stadium for another round of questions with local writers.

Lynch had honestly and earnestly answered every question thrown his way, be it about his lack of experience running a personnel department, the division of power between him and coach Kyle Shanahan and just about anything else. He’d done so with a smile and plenty of enthusiasm. As the conversation continued, Lynch was asked something a bit more difficult: Why?

As in why would a former player with a wife, four children and a good job as a color analyst for NFL games on Fox choose to leave for the high-pressure, results-driven business of being a general manager?

Lynch’s answer began with a quip but ended with emotion as he choked back tears talking about being away from his family.

John Lynch has had to make sacrifices as he transitions to his new, high-profile job as the 49ers GM.

Their resume, which includes a 1-4 record against teams in the top 50 RPI, doesn’t scream “We got this,” however they’ve saved their best play for the end of the season. If they can carry this winning streak through the end of the season, they should have a case for an at-large bid. Last season, they earned an at-large bid after Northern Iowa won the conference tournament, albeit with a slightly more impressive resume.

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