With the trade of Trey Lance to the Cowboys, the 49ers' brain trust—particularly GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan—have taken their lumps across the NFL in the past week.
The Niners received a fourth-round pick in return after giving up three first-round picks and a second-round pick to sign Lance only two years ago.
That error has mostly been forgiven because the Niners still have some capital left over from their Super Bowl appearance in 2019,
and they regrouped to finish 13-4 last year with seventh-round pick Brock Purdy at quarterback.
Is it feasible, though, that Lynch and Shanahan, who both joined the team in 2017, will be on the hot seat heading into this season?
This week, Sports Illustrated insider Bert Breer answered that question. His response: No. However, there are several caveats. "Not yet, at least," wrote Breer.
While the Lance problem harmed the team's ability to add talent during the last two years, it was just one blip on an otherwise outstanding track record for the Lynch-Shanahan duo.
Breer cited the number of top players the Niners have drafted and helped develop into stars, as well as the existence of Purdy, who is akin to New England's Mac Jones,