San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch says the team's 1-6 record doesn't reflect its true talent. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Despite struggles, 49ers LB Lynch calls team ‘one of the best’ in NFL

SANTA CLARA — As Aaron Lynch stood in the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room, wearing a walking boot on his left foot, the outside linebacker sounded none too concerned with the squad’s current six-game losing streak.

“We possibly have one of the best teams in the NFL, easily. Hands down,” said Lynch, who exited the 49ers’ 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a high-ankle sprain.

“We just, we need to know how to keep finishing games and work together throughout the whole game. Once we get that down, nobody’s going to be able to mess with us.”

When asked why he was so confident, Lynch pointed to the team’s strong start against the Bucs.

“We show it in the beginning of the games,” Lynch explained. “We just need to finish the games. We have one of the best teams, we have easily the best team in our conference, for sure. Hands down. I’m not even going to think twice about that.

“I go to sleep knowing we have the best team,” he continued. “We just have to come together as one unit and, once we do that, we’ll be fine.”

Lynch also offered support for maligned defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil, who head coach Chip Kelly said will not be fired during the team’s upcoming bye week.

“Jim O’Neil’s defense is perfect for our team,” Lynch said. “We’ve got the guys on the inside to play the inside. We’ve got the guys on the outside. We’ve got the [defensive backs]. So, it’s just — we’ve all got to come together.”NFL

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