The revered assistant head coach and running backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Anthony Lynn has offered a deep-dive into his coaching journey on an episode of NFL insider Adam Schefter’s podcast.
Lynn, a veteran in the NFL both as a player and coach, heaped high praises on Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers’ head coach, and play-caller.
His admiration for Shanahan’s abilities echoed the respect he had for his father, Mike Shanahan, for whom Lynn both played and coached.
Lynn stopped short of declaring Kyle a superior play-caller than his father, but he was effusive in his praise for the younger Shanahan. He described him as the best he’s worked with since Mike Shanahan, lauding him for his unique and creative scheming abilities.
This praise comes from someone who has witnessed the evolution of play-calling over several decades, giving it even greater weight.
Lynn also shared updates on the 49ers’ health status as they prepare for a Super Bowl run. The team’s current condition, coupled with the benefits of a first-round bye allowing key players to rest, has made him optimistic.
The 49ers are returning to practice after their bye week, with only two of their week 1 starters expected to miss the upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers. The recovery of leading running back, Christian McCaffrey, from a calf injury is particularly significant.
Lynn showcased his sense of humor when he learnt during the podcast that his colleague, Adam Peters, had been hired as the general manager for the Washington Commanders.
This moment, emblematic of Schefter’s prompt access to NFL news, brought a light-hearted touch to the intense discussions around the league’s dynamics.
Lynn’s interview encapsulated his deep respect for the Shanahans and his anticipation for the 49ers’ playoff chances, given their health, preparation, and the potential return of key players.