After the 49ers lost to Tampa Bay on Oct. 23 and fell to 1-6, Aaron Lynch made a declaration:
“We possibly have one of the best teams in the NFL, easily. Hands down."
On Tuesday -- two days after the 49ers dropped to 1-12 with an overtime loss to the Jets -- Lynch told reporters that he still feels the same way.
"It (his mind) hasn't changed at all. I think we showed in the beginning of the game that we have one of the better teams in the league," Lynch explained. "The record isn't gonna show that -- we're whatever it is, 1-11 or 1-12, whatever that is -- I don't really look at the record. I look at how we all play and I think we all played our ass off this game and I still feel like we have a really great team.
"Obviously the stats aren't gonna show that we have one of the best teams, but as far as the way we play together and how we are on the field, I think we have a great team, so we just got to keep building off of that."
Lynch was then asked: "Do you understand why people in the media and fans don't agree with what you're saying?"
"I don't care," Lynch answered. "They're not in this locker room. They don't do what we do."
So you think there's positive momentum going into next season?
"Oh for sure," Lynch said. "Yeah, we may be losing but, like I said, not everybody has a great year. You can't go to back-to-back championships every year. It doesn't happen that way. You don't have an undefeated season every year, you don't have a winning season every year. You're gonna have your ups and downs...
"Don't get me wrong, nobody likes losing ... I don't think it's getting us down but I think it's making us want to push even harder because we want to get that win; we want to show everybody how good we really are."
Lynch was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.
He sustained a high ankle sprain against the Bucs and missed the next five games.
The 2014 fifth-round pick returned against New York on Sunday. He registered half a sack and a QB hit.
"I think everybody did great the whole game," Lynch said. "We all went out there and kicked ass for a long period of time but they just got the better of us at the end of the game. It is what it is."