Is John Lynch Setting The Table For Derrick Brooks?

October 8th, 2019

What NFL fans saw on Monday Night Football yesterday was the 49ers completely dominating a talented Browns team to move their record to 4-0.

The Niners defense was suffocating, especially on third down. The running game was dominant and balanced between two backs, and the quarterback play was on point. The 31-3 final score could have been more if they didn’t miss three field goals.

This intrigued Joe because Buccaneers legend John Lynch is the 49ers’ third-year general manager. Lynch walked into a dumpster fire when taking over after the 2016 season, when San Francisco finished ranked 31st in offense and 32nd in defense.

Lynch proceeded to fleece the Belicheats for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who is now 12-2 as a starter, then he put his foot down when it came to building a lethal defensive line and a running game. And now it’s all coming together.

Obviously, many moves were made, good and bad. But many critics looked at Lynch getting the GM gig as a misguided gift because the guy had no experience in football personnel. Earlier this year, Lynch acknowledged the Buccaneers and Broncos, his former teams, were really the only other clubs he had interest in leading.

Who does Lynch consider a trusted voice that he talks football with regularly? That would be Mr. Derrick Brooks. Sage columnist Ira Kaufman wrote a story about it last year.

NFL owners are all about trends that work, and this is the time of year owners of brutal teams start thinking about changes in their executive suites. The more Lynch succeeds, the more Brooks — and other ex-players — might attract interest for GM jobs. Brooks got hands-on personnel and football management experience with the Tampa Bay Storm, and he is dialed in to the NFL as an active appeals officer in conjunction with the players union.

Joe enjoys seeing former Bucs greats thrive in whatever capacity that might be. Heck, Joe even cracked a smile yesterday watching a replay of Chucky’s young Raiders compete with so much fire against the Bears.

It’ll be interesting to see how Lynch, if his success continues, changes the NFL hiring landscape.

33 Responses to “Is John Lynch Setting The Table For Derrick Brooks?”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Omg joe 55 ran one team into the ground lol you nuthuggers of one year wonder has beens is pathetic and laughable…. might as well bring in Vince young to tutor 55

    Let the failed past go…..)

  2. Coburn Says:

    Have tried to defend Licht for a while now, but he’s a pretty mixed bag.. most of his hits are either late rounders or seemingly no brainers early… gotta hit those mid rounders.. Mr. Brooks migth just be the long term stability we need and will automatically command respect as well as connections around the league..

  3. Hodad Says:

    Any figgin body but Licht!!

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    and the crazy thing is, lynch has spent most of his high draft picks on the trenches and very little in the secondary…..

    outside of sherman, their secondary doesnt have a bunch of 1st or 2nd round picks….but their dline is flooded with 1st round picks which makes their secondary look great….

    imagine that….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    sadly licht will let shaq walk, suh walk, jpp walk, move VHG inside and draft 3 more CB’s…..LOLOLOL

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  6. #1bucsfan Says:

    Haha 813 that last comment was funny. I love what my favorite player of all time is doing with 9iners. #47 knows what a good defense can do for a team. Sorry to all you offensive guys but DEFENSE still wins championships but I will say it’s fun watching offenses like the chiefs an the Bucs wen we do actually play well lol

  7. DBS Says:

    Keep Brooks away from the Bucs. How long did the Storm last once they brought him in? No thanks.

  8. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I will give credit to Lynch for building a team the right way…from the inside out. Bosa looks like the next Lawrence Taylor. Not much a QB or offense can do when you rush 4 wrecking balls and apply constant pressure. The Bucs need to do everything in their power next year to move up (possibly) to get Chase Young. My friend is an OSU alum and he swears that Young is much better than Bosa.

  9. TOM Says:

    Not sold on Brooks. Barber? Like one fan said. Anybody would be bettter than Licht. Sounds good to me.

  10. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Brooks was a great player. Off the field? ehhh…. I don’t believe he has the temperament to handle the criticism that will surely come.

  11. pelbuc Says:

    Sadly, we fans are stuck with Licht for a few more years unless Glazers realize their mistake in signing him to an extension. The roster needs a total rebuild on the right side of the Oline, more Dline, more depth and lets not even discuss the DBs. What Lynch has done in 3 years is impressive yet Bucs reward failure by extending their clueless GM. SMH! Signing Lnych as Bucs GM would not only have been a wise move but also a PR bonanza. Oh well, it’s a Bucs life.

  12. El Buco Realisto Says:

    If you drive by RJS Stadium late at night, and if you listen carefully, you can hear Lee Roy Selmon boooing from the grave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. George Rauh Says:

    I think Barber would be a much better choice. Didn’t sThe Sage say he was the smartest man in football?

  14. Bradinator Says:

    I like Licht. That said, he cannot pick a db to save his life! How come he can find a Guard from friggin Humboldt State that will play through a broken arm, but he can’ find 1 lousy DB worth a dang?! Unless Jameel Dean turns out to be a stud, I can’t see any of these clowns starting for anyone but an XFL team. BTW Edwards is killing them. He’s never where he’s supposed to be in coverage. Any db that thinks he’s gonna be there to support them, is crazy.

  15. Keke Says:

    “The best first-round pick Licht could possibly make at corner would be as good as what Peterson has already proven he is. Go get Peterson.

    The other problem is that Peterson’s contract is has two years left and he is set to make a base salary of $11 million this season and $12.05 million in 2020. However, Peterson is currently under suspension for six games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The six-game suspension costs Peterson $3,882,352 in lost wages, which brings his cap hit this year to around $8 million.”

  16. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    I’m glad the one week moratorium on bashing the Gumpster Fire is over.

    With the draft capital Gump spent on this defensive backfield, the Bucs should be top 5 in defensive ratings.

    Now they are going to have to spend more draft capital to acquire the next Brent and Miko Grimes as a stop gap.

    Bosa was unfreaking believable against the Brownies. I keep saying that Breida is the real real and the Bucs shutting him down was impressive. He was a monster Monday night. 1st play 83 yards for the score. That will make him #1 in the NFL with at least 50 attempts (6.5 YPC). The other back is averaging 5.8.

    So how did Lynch create such a monster DL while building a great OL simultaneously and paying a premium for a top rated QB?

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Everyone’s going gaga over the 49ers, yet all they’re doing is playing good old-fashioned, smash-mouth football … and playing it VERY well. Exactly like John Lynch always played. My favorite Bucs player of all-time also #1bucsfan (his is the only bonafide NFL jersey that I’ve kept).

    San Fran is a great model for the Bucs going forward IMO. Interestingly the Bucs have actually done the best against them thus far this season (we beat ourselves, but they helped us do it). Looked at their 4 games and they’ve played GRRREAT defense, run the ball considerably more than they’ve passed it (and run it VERY effectively), passed conservatively and have won the TOP every game as a result. And oh ya, they haven’t beaten themselves.

    o Game 1: SF 31-17 over the Bucs … Rushes 32 (98 yds); Passes 27 (166 yds); TOP 30:04 SF vs 29:56 Bucs; TOs 2 SF vs 4 Bucs.
    o Game 2: SF 41-17 over Bengals … Rushes 42 (259 yds); Passes 26 (312 yds); TOP 32:19 SF vs 27:41 Bengals; TOs 1 SF vs 1 Bengals.
    o Game 3: SF 24-20 over Steelers … Rushes 40 (168 yds); Passes 32 (277 yds); TOP 36:17 SF vs 23:43 Steelers; TOs 5 SF vs 2 Steelers.
    o Game 4: SF 31-3 over Browns … Rushes 40 (275 yds); Passes 29 (181 yds); TOP 37:43 SF vs 22:17 Browns; TOs 0 SF vs 4 Browns.

    So that makes 154 rushes in 4 games (38.5 per game) as opposed to 114 passes (28.5 per game) … running 57.5% of the time. Garoppolo has thrown 4 INTs, but has only been sacked 4 times & has only taken 15 QB hits on the season (Jameis took 15 QB Hits in the first TWO games alone, and is now up to 37 on the season, plus has taken 18 sacks thus far).

    Wow! A strong defense that’s averaging being on the field for LESS THAN 26 mins per game, an effective running game that puts points on the board AND controls the clock, an OLine that protects their QB, plus a QB who’s being an effective game manager AND not turning the ball over results in a winning TEAM. Gee, whodathunkit?

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    And for those JBFers who are down on the Bucs right now, we’ve played FIVE quality teams thus far this season. ALL have winning records except the 2-3 Giants (and they’ve been playing very good football since their 1st 2 losses). ALL are actually very strong running teams and we’ve effectively shut that down. But that’s been costly IMO; I’m convinced that gap control & containment against strong running teams results in a pass rush that’s less than optimal (pick your poison?). Our young Secondary is being exposed as a consequence.

    But my biggest disappointment thus far hasn’t been with the Bucs’ defense. This was all quite predictable IMO. I’m more disappointed in the Bucs offense. They needed to step up to the plate big-time, especially at the beginning of the season, but they haven’t, except for the Rams game. When we needed them to better protect our QB, to score more points, to control the clock, to minimize turnovers, they didn’t come through. YET.

  19. OBP Says:

    I’d love to see Brooks become a GM/EVP of football operations for someone (hopefully us). Dude is smart as hell and knows football, think he’d be great for the job.

  20. Jimmy Says:

    Yeah, that’s the ticket: Hire a failed arena executive to rebuild the Bucs. Genius!

    Remember: Derrick Brooks ran the Storm out of business.

    Let that sink in: Brooks didn’t just run an awful football organization. He ran the team Out. Of. Business.

    What next, hire Isiah Thomas to run the Bucs?

  21. AllhailJPP Says:

    Imagine if we had a good GM

  22. Joe Says:

    Sadly, we fans are stuck with Licht for a few more years unless Glazers realize their mistake in signing him to an extension.

    Licht is here because Arians is here. If Licht isn’t here, Arians isn’t here. It’s both or none.

    Joe isn’t sure why people cannot grasp this.

  23. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Gee Joe

    Re: Licht and Arians.

    Don’t threaten us with a good time.

  24. Joe Says:

    Don’t threaten us with a good time.


    People keep asking and Joe has written several stories on this. Can’t count how many times Arians has discussed this.

  25. McBuc Says:

    We have to watch and see with a new coach. Remember when Dungy pulled us out of the bottom dwelling place we were in, the first five games where not so good. If the Bucs keep changing management it will never get better.

  26. 813bucboi Says:

    Joe Says:
    October 8th, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Sadly, we fans are stuck with Licht for a few more years unless Glazers realize their mistake in signing him to an extension.

    Licht is here because Arians is here. If Licht isn’t here, Arians isn’t here. It’s both or none.

    Joe isn’t sure why people cannot grasp this.

    that mean JW is out along with them right?

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  27. Joe Says:

    that mean JW is out along with them right?

    That’s a Glazer call.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    Look how many high draft picks Lynch has spent on the trenches…

    It’s almost like… games are won and lost in the trenches.

    But our GM would rather draft 15 different defensive backs, several rounds ahead of where any other team has them on their board, b/c he’s so much “smarter” than everyone else…

  29. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Brooks sure built a winner with the Storm…

    Not all good players are good GM’s

    Brooks should just enjoy his cushy post playing days career

  30. 813bucboi Says:

    Joe Says:
    October 8th, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    that mean JW is out along with them right?

    That’s a Glazer call.

    idk about that joe….

    if BA gets the hook, JW will be on his 4th HC not to mention 2 offensive HCs that were in charge of developing him…..

    would the glazers handcuff a potential HC into working with JW?…..whats the benefit?….keeping fsu fans happy?…lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  31. DB55 Says:

    Brooks is a great guy but a GM he is not. See the storm.

  32. DB55 Says:


    Winston will pull a kwon and slip away from Tampa bay.

    Good news is that I hear there are a bunch of rookies who can go 10 for 10 with 10 TDs and “carry” this team to victory.

    I for one can not wait to see it.

  33. Snook Says:

    The 49ers have beaten 4 teams with a combined 4 wins. Cool your jets on SF.