Staring at the r¨¦sum¨¦s of some of the last teams in Chris Dobbertean¡¯s latest bracket can be perplexing. Clemson has a 4-10 record in its conference, Providence is 16-11 with two wins of any real consequence, Arkansas … just seems like a team that has no business hearing its name called on Selection Sunday. I get all that. I¡¯m just not sure what we¡¯re expecting after doing this same thing every March for as long as any of us can remember.
There is never going to be a ¡°historically strong bubble.¡± There¡¯s never going to be a year where you hear Joe Lunardi say, ¡°sure Duke is 22-5, but I don¡¯t think you can call them a lock just yet, not in a year like this.¡± The bubble is supposed to be underwhelming. That¡¯s the nature of the beast when you¡¯re talking about a postseason tournament that includes almost 1/5 of the teams from a sport that has 351 of them.
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The last handful of teams that hear their names called three Sundays from now are going to be weak. They¡¯re just not going to be historically weak.
Like Elway and so many other former athletes, Lynch’s post-football career simply didn’t satisfy the competitive fire. It’s a fire that Shanahan recognized still burns in Lynch when the subject of working together in San Francisco was first broached.
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He enjoyed doing the announcing and being a part of the NFL, but the fight to go through something with a group of guys and what we go through together, and it is not easy and it¡¯s a grind for everybody, but it is worth it. That¡¯s really what people who played, people who coached, those are the reasons when people get out of it, they miss it so much.”
It’s that same competitive persona that made taking this particular job appealing to Lynch. Although he had never been all-in on moving into personnel, he said he has had conversations with teams in the past about making the move. In the run-up to recent drafts, Elway has invited Lynch to help the scouting department.