John Lynch calls lack of QBs on 49ers roster ‘somewhat liberating’
New San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has a novel take on the complete dearth of quarterbacks on the team: “Somewhat liberating.”
Lynch currently is attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he made no bones about the 49ers’ need at quarterback.
“Look, I don’t think you need to be too transparent to realize that’s a position we’re looking at,” Lynch said, via Shutdown Corner. “We don’t have any, so that’s a position that’s a big focal point of our preparation right now.”
With Colin Kaepernick deciding to opt out of his deal this week and Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis unrestricted free agents, the 49ers have virtually no quarterbacks currently on the roster. While some may see that as an obstacle, Lynch views it as an opportunity.
“A lot of people look at it like, ‘Oh my gosh, you don’t have any quarterbacks,’ but that also is somewhat liberating in that you can create this thing in that position that is so critical in the way that you want it,” Lynch said. “Now, we’re restricted by who’s available and what not, but I think we’ve got a lot of great options at our disposal.”
There have been rumors that the 49ers may try to swing a deal to land Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. But as it stands, there’s a distinct possibility the 49ers go quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Lynch spent some time breaking down three big-time QB prospects at the combine.
Lynch was impressed with DeShone Kizer, whom he said “blew the doors off” during their interview. Lynch also praised Deshaun Watson (“pretty special”) and Mitch Trubinsky (the “more you watch him, the more you like him”).
Much of what Lynch had to say of course could be all gamesmanship. As is often the case, anything that comes out of an NFL executive’s mouth around draft time is more likely to be a smokescreen than unvarnished truth.
But that doesn’t mean one of those three quarterbacks won’t be in a 49ers uniform soon enough.