John Lynch follows similar path to GM role as Matt Millen (Jan 30, 2017)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Matt Millen couldn’t help but chuckle about the similarities to his own career path when John Lynch was hired as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.

Like Millen, Lynch is a former Pro Bowl defensive player who went straight to the broadcast booth before taking over the front office of a struggling team.

”It’s funny. The parallels between John and I are very similar,” Millen said in a phone interview Monday. ”He will just have to learn the job fast. It’s not an easy job. It’s an all-encompassing job and it’s a job that never ends.”

The 49ers made a surprise move Sunday night when they hired Lynch out of the broadcast booth at Fox ahead of several more experienced candidates to be general manager of a team coming off a two-win season.

Millen made the same jump 16 years ago when Detroit hired him as team president and CEO. He added the general manager duties to his plate two years later. In seven-plus seasons at the helm, Millen posted an NFL-worst 31-84 record and was eventually fired three games into an 0-16 campaign in 2008.

Millen had some advice for Lynch to avoid the traps that he fell into more than a decade ago in Detroit.

”Learn the people. It’s about people,

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