John Lynch: Starting QB job is Jimmy Garoppolo’s right now, Trey Lance is pushing him

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The 49ers are continuing to insist that Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback, but they’re not exactly hiding the fact that rookie Trey Lance is making a strong case to take the job from Jimmy G.

San Francisco General Manager John Lynch said this morning that head coach Kyle Shanahan will make the final call, but Lynch is noticing a lot of good things from Lance.

“That’s up to Kyle. That’s up to our head coach,” Lynch said on the Murph & Mac show, via 49ersWebZone.com. “He makes the decisions on who’s playing and what not. But I think it’s Jimmy’s right now and Trey’s pushing. I think that’s where it’s at.”

The 49ers obviously thought very highly of Lance heading into the draft, which is why they traded their 2021, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks to get into position to take him. But Lynch said Lance has been even better than expected.

“He’s been awesome. He’s been everything we thought he would be and more. He was good from day one when he walked in here in the offseason, and I think a testament to what we thought he was and his work ethic,” Lynch said.

The 49ers plan to start Garoppolo in the first preseason game but play him for only one series, while Lance will play the rest of the first half. Lance will have plenty of preseason opportunities to show what he can do, and if he outplays Garoppolo, no one should be shocked if Lance pushes Garoppolo right out of a starting job.

22 responses to “John Lynch: Starting QB job is Jimmy Garoppolo’s right now, Trey Lance is pushing him

  1. Lance has 19 games of starting experience at Missouri Valley Conference level. If you want to win early in the year you play Jimmy G. Lance might be the better option after a few weeks of seeing the NFL up close and live.

  2. If push comes to shove, the really interesting part would then come to pass. How does Jimmy continue to fit in with the team’s needs?

  3. The 49ers have a team that can win now but Jimmy G can’t stay healthy and Lance is a project. They should have sined Brady last year or drafted Mac Jones who can play right away. SB windows close really fast in this league.

  4. These guys just love talking about their QB situation and big draft move. It would honestly be hilarious if Lance was a bust that cost them 3 first round picks.

  5. Hyping Jimmy to try to increase his trade vale. Oldest trick in the GM playbook John.

  6. Unless Lynch wants to get fired, Trey Lance is the starting QB. He might not start week 1, but he’s the 49ers’ QB.

  7. Just the other day, I saw a story outlining just how raw Trey Lance is and how few games he actually played in college. His team played with the lead quite often so he was pulled or handing the ball off in the second half.

    Lynch is pushing another agenda.

  8. Absolutely zero chance Lance starts over Jimmy. Once Jimmy gets hurt again then the kid will get some starts– and he will be overwhelmed. SF will be lucky to get 5 wins this year if Jimmy goes down. I love Lynch and Shanahan but whatever it was they were trying to do with those draft trades didn’t work and they ended up stuck with a guy who has barely played at D-II level. I think they may be pumping this “starter is up for grabs!” thing for a Deshaun Watson trade tbh.

  9. Testament to what a horrible QB Jimmy G really is. A JC QB is pushing him. Man, did the Pats fleece the Santa Clara or what?

  10. The issue with starting Jimmy and then transitioning to Trey is that if Jimmy is on week 1 roster his $25M is guaranteed. Tough decision. If Trey plays really well in preseason, I’ll bet 49ers trade Jimmy for whatever they can get and save the $25M

  11. Olyhawkguy says: Man, did the Pats fleece the Santa Clara or what?
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    Yeah, who’d give a 2nd round pick for a QB who could get you to a Super Bowl? But 49ers were total fools here – they coulda sent him back to the Pats for a 2nd but demanded a lot more. Now they’re in an unnecessarily high-risk, high-mortgaged and messy gamble, which even it works out ok it’ll have been fairly expensive. Meanwhile the Pats are content with their former MVP vet and promising 1st rounder (and have a good vet backup in Hoyer) all for a fraction of the cost.

  12. There is no more invested person in a draft pick than the GM who took him. Magnify that by 1000x for anyone who gave up serious capital to move up and make a selection. Now make that pick a QB who you mortgaged your franchise’ future for…

  13. I think we all know how this is going to play out: Jimmy G will start the first 6-7 games and play well, but not well enough to keep Lance on the sidelines. Once Lance takes over and looks comfortable, Lynch will trade Jimmy G to Denver for draft picks. The 49ers get to play their prized draft pick and get him going as their franchise QB. Denver gets a legit starting QB they desperately need, who is also under control for next season. Win-Win for both clubs.

  14. BuckyBadger says:
    August 13, 2021 at 12:21 pm
    Lance has 19 games of starting experience at Missouri Valley Conference level. If you want to win early in the year you play Jimmy G. Lance might be the better option after a few weeks of seeing the NFL up close and live.

    Disagree. Who cares how many games he has at the college level? I get that it often translates into NFL success, but that is because coaches get dumb and rely on college tape to make starter decisions instead of what happens on an NFL field.

    The right answer is if he is outplaying JG (which is sounds like he is) like for like on an NFL field, you play him. If he takes time to adapt, you have a backup of better than average quality (who is a starter in my opinion of less than stellar quality) to fall back on – who has also proven he can’t stay healthy. not likely to win you a SB either.

    Different coaching philosophy I suppose.

  15. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    August 13, 2021 at 12:28 pm
    The 49ers have a team that can win now but Jimmy G can’t stay healthy and Lance is a project. They should have sined Brady last year or drafted Mac Jones who can play right away. SB windows close really fast in this league.

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    One preseason game and Mac Jones is ready to play right away? SMH….

  16. Slow down. Let’s see where he is at after a preseason game.

    Regards,

    Mac in New England

  17. Olyhawkguy says:
    August 13, 2021 at 1:43 pm
    Testament to what a horrible QB Jimmy G really is. A JC QB is pushing him. Man, did the Pats fleece the Santa Clara or what?

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    This coming from a guy who’s team got fleeced by the jets (THE JETS)…haha. 2 first round picks for a safety who can’t cover and they are having trouble resigning him. Is there a worse franchise than Seahawks??

  18. Leave Jimmy in until late in the season and then switch to Lance. Just like when Kap took over for Smith the league didn’t know enough to adjust and they made the SB. Plus the fact that of all years this is the one you want two QB’s. COVID could mess some teams up and its a longer season.

  19. mos7453 says:
    August 13, 2021 at 8:23 pm
    Leave Jimmy in until late in the season and then switch to Lance. Just like when Kap took over for Smith the league didn’t know enough to adjust and they made the SB. Plus the fact that of all years this is the one you want two QB’s. COVID could mess some teams up and its a longer season.
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    I get you point, but Kap played an entire half season, then almost won the super bowl. Teams had all off-season to prepare for him, yet he came right back the next year and led the 49ers right back to the NFC Championship game again, and came a whisker away from going to the super bowl 2 straight years.

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