Nearly 17 years from the day John Lynch hoisted the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the now 49ers general manager is in position to reach that pinnacle again, this time as a member of San Francisco’s front office.

Following one of the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama this past week, Pewter Report’s Taylor Jenkins was able to speak to Lynch about his experience going to the NFL’s grandest stage as a player and now as a member of the front office.

“They’re very similar, actually,” Lynch said. “I didn’t know how that would be but I think, as a front office, it’s just a sense of pride for your players. You try to put together a group of guys, for that purpose, to win championships, because when you’ve done that you realize that it’s the greatest thing in this profession that you can do.

Mike Tomlin, Monte Kiffin and John Lynch – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Mike Tomlin, Monte Kiffin and John Lynch – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“When you see guys come together and make each other better and have each other’s backs, and then obviously you’ve got to be talented, it’s something special and this group is that. It’s just a tremendous amount of pride.”

Lynch then was asked to reflect on his memories from that evening in California where, as a captain, he recorded six solo tackles and a defended pass in the Bucs’ 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders.

“I was in my home town of San Diego,” Lynch said. “I remember, for instance, that morning. When you play football enough then you have a lot of police escorts but on the Super Bowl everybody going, ‘Wow, they’re shutting down the entire freeway. There is no one else on this freeway,’ and realizing, this is a pretty big deal.”

Lynch continued.

“I remember going out as a captain, looking at Derrick Brooks and saying, ‘I can’t feel my legs,’ and he said neither can I. Those kind of things are what you remember and I think that’s some of the wisdom that you can impart upon your younger players who have never experienced that.”

It’s the pinnacle of the sport, and Lynch has made the turnaround appear easy after taking over a two-win team following the 2016 season, alongside head coach Kyle Shanahan, and reaching the Super Bowl just one year removed from a 4-12 record and top-5 pick in the NFL Draft.

Lynch delved into the arduous process of building a winning roster through a mix of elite prospects like defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, key free agent additions like linebacker Kwon Alexander and cornerback Richard Sherman and hidden gems like Raheem Mostert and George Kittle.

Bucs ILB Devin White
Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I think I tell people often, when you’re sitting at number two and Nick Bosa’s available, you’ve got a problem if you’re not taking him,” Lynch explains. “But the George Kittle’s and all of that, the Mosterts, the guys that you find like that, the Matt Breidas, the Ben Garlands, the free agents… I think we take a lot of pride in the synergy between our coaching staff and the front office and working together and seeing things the same way and being very explicit in exactly what we’re looking for.”

It’s a process that the Bucs have tried to use when building their current roster, with a large, experienced and familiar coaching staff working in tandem with general manager Jason Licht, who had previously worked as the director and vice president of player personnel with Bruce Arians in Arizona.

While Lynch was tight-lipped about his feelings on what Tampa Bay should do as they move forward with (or without) quarterback Jameis Winston, he knows what the Bucs’ fan base has gone through as well as anyone and praised the potential behind the tandem of Licht and Arians.

“We’ve got enough issues in San Fran, I’m not going to try and figure out other problems,” Lynch said. “But I know it’s been a long drought since they were competing for championships but I love the people that are there. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians, those are very competent people and I wish them the best.”

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BigSombrero

Good luck to John “Sluggo Seam” Lynch and his team in the SuperBowl. This superbowl is lining up to be one of the best games in years!

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BigSombrero

Here’s his famous “Sluggo Seam” play in the super bowl!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhf6kZCh1p4

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Allanh1

BigSom, can 47 be elected to the HoF even while the SB event going is on?

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BigSombrero

Yes! He’s nominated to go into the hall as a player. Being an executive won’t hinder him, but if anything, it could help him!

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Allanh1

Excellent! I thought the committee might exclude him to not distract him from Super Bowl focus. Thanks for the feedback!

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Horse

Good Person, Good Player Good GM.

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awwdembucs

Hope to see you in playoffs next year. Go Bucs

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BucRy

On one hand, I want the 49ers to win cause of Lynch..on the other, I want to see Andy Reid win his first super bowl. Should be a great game!

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SammyRebel

Rooting for the niners solely on Johnny Lynch and Kwon, I don’t forget where they come from

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Memory lane
I remember November 2017 when I posted Bucs should fire Dirk Koetter and do whatever they can to hire Kyle Shannahan, I think I got 20 negatives and was called a moron and told to go be a falcons fan, LOL

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awwdembucs

Buc-ass you want to fire everybody.

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Horse

I didn’t post a negative, but looking in the past and trying to say I told you so means nothing to me.

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Spitfire

Bobbie Sue doesn’t care about anything but being mad that She wasn’t the first female to be hired by the Bucs . She is the most dedicated Saints Fan though, you gotta give Her that. To show up so often and “contribute” to Her theme of Hate.

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SenileSenior

Saying in so many words “I told you so.” is not the way to “win friends and influence people”. Often it is not what you say but how you say it that irks people. Believe me I am still working at how to word what I want to say. Sometimes with my best effort to say something in a positive way and still present my particular point of view on some subjects here I still l get a large number of thumbs down. When that happens I am a bit dumbfounded because I am trying to find the right “tone”.… Read more »

Horse

Same for me.

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SammyRebel

Buc-ass I guarantee we would have a beast ass run game right now if we hired Kyle Shanahan

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Malcolm-Reynolds

With our CURRENT offensive line??? R…i…g…h…t…….. I’m not thinking so.

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scubog

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the greatest day in Bucs history. It’s hard to believe so many years have gone by since I thought I had already gone to heaven that night in San Diego. Wife had broken her ankle and was still in a walking boot adorned with Bucs stickers, but there was no way we were going to miss being at that game. The Raiders fans were in disbelief when our vaunted defense absolutely destroyed the supposed #1 offense. Sure hope to experience another championship, as Culverhouse would say, “before I cross the creek”. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

Allanh1

Right on! I was in home in NJ and a sophomore in high school. The next day one of teachers, who was a raiders fan, looked all over for me to shake my hand. He had doubted the Bucs #1 D and thought Oakland would humiliate TB. I must say, the game in philly might have been a teaspoon sweeter for me.

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sunshineben

I went to San Diego to watch the bucs play their biggest game ..I was so pumped thinking this was just a start of a dynasty .. Still worth every penny ..I have souvenirs from that day that I still cherish.

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Allanh1

I still have newspapers I saved from that whole week.

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scubog

Our flight out of SD was delayed so I kept buying the stuff at the SD airport as they brought it out. Got to meet Kurt Warner too.

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Dman

Those 2002 uniforms look great.

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