Kyle Shanahan saw “some good and some bad” from Trey Lance

NFL: AUG 14 Preseason - Chiefs at 49ers
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San Francisco rookie quarterback Trey Lance threw for an outstanding 80-yard touchdown on his second preseason pass. But the rest of the game wasn’t quite as spectacular.

On Lance’s other 13 passes, he completed just four of them, for 48 yards and no touchdowns. He also struggled to avoid the pass rush and got sacked four times. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged afterward that Lance has plenty of work to do.

“There was some good and some bad. By no means was it perfect,” Shanahan said. “There were a couple of spots that you’d like him to go to different places. Sometimes, a couple of balls that sailed on him that I think he’d like to have back. But he also came out pretty good too, making the right plays, getting in the right spots. We had a couple of drops there especially on a third down that he could have kept the drive going if we had caught it. But it was a good first day. I didn’t want it to go perfect for him. I’d like some things that he could learn from. And there will be a lot of things that we can go over tomorrow.”

Jimmy Garoppolo started the game and went 3-for-3 for 26 yards. The 49ers drafted Lance to be their starting quarterback, but Shanahan indicated that Garoppolo hasn’t lost the starting job just yet.

14 responses to “Kyle Shanahan saw “some good and some bad” from Trey Lance

  1. LMAO. Lots of 49er fans got excited here when Lance made his 2nd throw – under zero pressure – to an open guy. The rest of his showing was as the rest of the world expected – raw and unready. Why’d y’all think JimmyG was so happy to talk up Trey in pregame interview? If I’m Jimmy I’d trundle along not risking my body any more for that team, then go to a franchise that respects him – and still has all it’s future draft picks.

  2. Justin Fields will have the best career among this year’s group of rookie quarterbacks.

  3. Nice to hear from Kyle.

    Great opening preseason weekend. Crowds were great in most places. Las Vegas had a big crowd for their stadium opening. Over 72 thousand in Green Bay, which is normal for Packers preseason games.

    Some of the smaller stadiums like in Jacksonville and Minnesota even had nice attendance. Over 40K in Jax, and near 40K in Minnesota.

  4. All of his college tape looks exactly the same. Wide open guy, 40 yards downfield and that’s it.

    He will most certainly bust. These div 2 project types do not

    No one even heard of this guy 6 months ago, some hype bubbled up, Nd the 2 smartest guys in football (in their minds), Shanahan and Lynch, the formerr who blew 2 SBs by passing too much in the 4th, just sealed their fate in SF.

  5. claudesq says:
    August 15, 2021 at 6:33 am
    Justin Fields will have the best career among this year’s group of rookie quarterbacks.

    23 73 Rate This


    Yes, Nagy is better developing qbs over BB and Field slapped Mac Jones in the title game in January. You sure are smart.

    What color is the sky in your world?

  6. Good thing jimmy G is locked up until 2022. Lance looked confused under pressure. Sure his legs will get him out of trouble some times but consider how good defenses can scheme against mobile qbs. Lance needs time to learn pocket presence, Shanahans offense..

  7. I see a lot of Elway in Trey Lance. He has a ways to go but he’ll get there. It’s good that Kyle Shanahan threw him in the deep end so he can know what to improve on, as opposed to setting him up for false success in the form of dink and dunk passes. Trey doesn’t need that. He has a lot of confidence in his abilities so him knowing all of the areas in his game where he needs to improve is more important than confidence building. He already has confidence.

  8. My man is working on the best way to take a sack. He worked on four different techniques this game. Keep it up!

  9. Shannys smartest move was not trading Jimmy G.
    Ultimately SF could have stayed @ 12 and still picked Lance
    Nobody else was moving up for him.
    Moving up to 3 at the time was supposed to be for Jones.
    But the court of public opinion the SF fanbase did not support that Idea.
    Case of the tail wagging the dog.
    Now Lynch & Kyles jobs are on the line for trading away picks a month before the draft
    for players (trey,Mac) they ultimately could have gotten at 12
    The fact BB sat patiently @ 15 and got Mac is the really kick to the Sack.
    % of 1st rd qbs to pass for 4800 CAREER YDS 13%
    % of 1st rd qbs to throw over 40 Career TDs 8%
    % of 1st qb bust rate close to 60%
    With numbers like that trading away future 1st for the opportunity to pick a guy who
    has a 40% Chance at success is Fools gold
    Then you Compound his chances of failing by trading away future chips to give him less to work with.

  10. I echo the sentiment above, that its a good thing Jimmy G is locked in for the next couple years. Not because I think Lance is a bust or a bad pick, but because I’m a proponent of the “give em a year or two to learn” approach. I think it will be a good thing if Jimmy G has a carreer year. It will mean Trey will have a great example from whom to lean, and the niners obviously will get more in trade value should they move Garopolo. I think its more wishful thinking than it is likely that Trey is ready this season. He’s more raw than most folks think. It won’t be a Smith handoff to Mahomes type scenario, but I think Trey Lance will have been a good pick when all is said and done.

  11. NFL has changed rules to protect QBs in the pocket and to protect their receivers yet teams still draft QBs who need to run around to make plays. I would take a QB that can read defenses, adjust his protection, make quick decisions and make accurate throws from the pocket. Such a QB gives you a better chance to win than a QB that can run around and make big throws.

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