The 49ers shocked everyone when they hired John Lynch as their new G.M. because the move was almost unprecedented. Almost. I mean he wasn’t even on anyone’s radar and the reason he was even brought to the forefront of the job is because of a call he placed to Kyle Shanahan.

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The one and only person to get a G.M. job with the same resume as Lynch — a long career playing defense in the NFL followed by several years as a broadcaster — is Matt Millen. And Millen was a disaster during a tenure in Detroit that culminated with the only 0-16 season in NFL history.

So what does Millen think of the 49ers hiring Lynch?

“When I heard the news, good luck,” Millen told the Free Press. “He’s a bright guy. I mean, the parallels are kind of funny, actually.”

Millen’s perspective is well thought out because he acknowledges there was a lot he didn’t know when he took the Lions job, and he wonders whether Lynch realizes how much he doesn’t know.

“He was a defensive guy, he was a really good player,” Millen said of Lynch. “All those things, all that crap. But none of those things are factors. The things that are factors are, can you manage people? Can you get everybody on the same page? Can you handle the politics? If you got that, fine. If you don’t have it, then it’ll turn out the way it turns out.”

My first thought when I heard the hire was positive for Lynch and the 49ers, but the more I dig into it, I’m worried just how prepared Lynch is. But let’s give him a couple of years to get his feet wet.

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