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Kyle Shanahan describes phone call where he learned John Lynch wanted to be 49ers general manager



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- So is it true that you are Lynch and said, hey, are you interested in being a general manager because of the conversations you would have with him-- you at the OC with Atlanta, and him being a Fox broadcaster covering a lot Falcons games?

Is that really the way this thing materialized?

KYLE SHANAHAN: No, actually, he reached out to me, and you know, I never knew that he was interested.

And John and I had somewhat of a relationship just over the years, talking.

And you know, it was actually-- I think it was the day before we played Green Bay in the playoffs.

It was a Saturday.

He actually text me earlier in the week.

He's like, hey, give me a call if you got a chance.

And I told him I was a little busy.

Can I call you at the end of the week?

And he said, yeah, not a big deal.

Call me at the end of the week.

So I didn't think it was that big of a deal, so I called him on Saturday, thinking it wasn't much, and he kind of dropped that on me.

And it came out of nowhere, so I really didn't know what to expect.

And I sat there, and I thought about it.

I was like, man, this really surprised me.

And I got off the phone, and I went downstairs and talked to my wife.

She's like what was that?

I said John Lynch just said he would be interested in trying to be a general manager, and she like, what do you think about that?

I'm like, I'm not totally sure.

It kind of threw me off, but my feeling right now is that's the best thing I've heard.

I'm completely excited.

I've got to get ready for this game, but after the Green Bay games-- I mean, I [INAUDIBLE] think about that more, and I'm going to give him a call and talk some more about it.

But it kind of shocked me because it came out of nowhere, but within a few minutes, it was-- I was kind of stressed going throw the whole process, trying to get ready for a playoff game and all that, and not really spending much time thinking about the Niners and how that was going to pan out.

And then when John told me that, it was-- took a lot of stress off me.

I was like, man, that's a hell of a deal.

- Yeah, and you know, I mean, he's as brilliant as they come.

And I just love John Lynch, you know.

I'm kind of biased when it comes to him.