Lynch, a finalist for the Hall of Fame this year, officially retired from the NFL in 2008 and joined the Fox broadcast team later that fall. He has served as color analyst for play-by-play announcers Chris Rose and, most recently, Kevin Burkhardt.
I think he’s going to be great for the organization,’ Burkhardt told 49ers.com. I think John is great at everything he touches. I love him. I love him as a football guy. I love him as a motivator. He’s got every skill imaginable to help run a football team.
He is a leader of men. He is a tremendous communicator from top to bottom. I’m talking the highest person in the building to the lowest person in the building. They will all feel wanted, they will all feel motivated and he will lead. That’s what he does. You follow John Lynch. I am positive that the culture will change.
Niners owner and CEO Jed York said in a Monday release that Lynch is a world-class competitor and epitomized what is so special about the game of football.
It suit’s him, though, because he puts the right pieces in place year after year, drills them on his way of playing and preparing and gets them to buy in for as long as he needs them to … until it’s time to fit another piece in.
If Belichick didn’t have two cheating scandals, Spygate and Deflategate, hanging over his head, of course, this argument would be much easier to make. There’s no way to discount that, and no way to apply that to the others on this list not that they’re pure, as history has taught us about no less than Wooden and his UCLA heyday.
In the big picture, though, that’s splitting hairs. It doesn’t bar him from the big room populated by the most accomplished, most resilient, longest-lasting, consistently excellent coaches of all time. It might determine where he gets to sit in that room, but not whether he belongs.
Belichick is in it. Win or lose, he’s no longer several rows behind Lombardi … or Bear or Phil or Coach K, for that matter.