John Lynch seems to confirm that 49ers plan to use both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance

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On Wednesday, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seemed to inadvertently disclose that, if he’s the starter, he’ll be leaving the field periodically for Trey Lance. Since then, 49ers G.M. John Lynch seemed to confirm that.

Appearing on KNBR, Lynch explained that the 49ers have refrained from using that approach in the preseason, in order to keep regular-season opponents guessing.

“[I]f we are in a situation like that, yes, it’s difficult to prepare for,” Lynch said, via 49ersWebZone.com. “We haven’t shown a lot in the preseason as well in terms of the things we can do with both Trey and Jimmy. But that’s not only for us. That’s league wide. You really don’t know, going into the first couple of games, what you’re going to see.”

The 49ers clearly want to force opposing defenses to be ready for both players.

“That is something that we kind of are looking forward to, the amount of time that people are going to have to put in, preparing for each quarterback,” Lynch said.

That still doesn’t mean Garoppolo will be the Week One starter. While it seems to be pointing that way, everything is subject to change. The preseason finale will give the 49ers another data point before Week One at the Lions.

“We’re still looking for the answers, and we’re going to throw these guys out there a little bit on Sunday and see if we find out a little more,” Lynch said. “You just take in as much information, and you see who gives us the best chance.”

The 49ers seemingly hope that will be Lance, given what they gave up to get him. If it’s Garoppolo, expect to still see plenty of Lance.

33 responses to “John Lynch seems to confirm that 49ers plan to use both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance

  1. The Niners have been saying this without explicitly spelling it out for everyone for weeks now. Not really news.

  2. Dumb.
    Just play glass full-time until he’s inevitably injured.
    Lance should sit until then.

  3. They will put him for a few option-type plays, but he’s nowhere near the runner they need him to be in order to get anything more than occasional snaps. This ain’t D-II where the defense is made up of small and/or slow guys. Until he develops as a QB, he is just an average-at-best gadget player, because his arm is average and he is nowhere near the explosive athlete that somebody like Taysom Hill is. He will end up a much better passer than Hill but that is two or three years away.

  4. Imagine trading all those first rounds picks away for a part-time QB. SF is a weird team. I’m not sure they’ll be as good as the experts predict.

  5. Translation: we are waiting for the right offer from a team that inevitably suffers a QB injury in the next month or two; we want a 2nd rounder, but we’ll take a 6th rounder if the team eats some of his salary.

  6. Who cares about the Niners QB. That D-Line is straight ferocious. Their third stringers could start for half the teams in the league. Reports are that Dee Ford is all the way back and Bosa sacked Jimmy GQ on his first live snap of the year.

  7. The blatent disrepect the 49ers have shown JG is unbelievable to me. They went to the SBowl in 2019. JG should have demanded a trade the day after the draft.

  8. They’ve just traded a ton of picks for a guy who isn’t NFL ready. That’s still ok if he’s developed smartly and becomes the next goat, but seems to me 49ers are so desperate to show they didn’t overpay/screw up (and so desperate to avoid the negative narratives from not fielding Lance for a year or two, that they’ll rush it and ruin it.

  9. What could they possibly have to prepare for Trey Lance being in the game? Fastball passes with no touch? Or his rushing ability he hasn’t shown yet?

  10. Lynch played for the Broncos after they tried to play both Shawn Moore and Tommy Maddox, so he does not know better. QB math works a bit differently: 1+1=0

  11. Just win, baby

    I trust Kyle Shanahan and his staff will make the right decision. Kyle and John took on a total rebuild project and built a championship contender in three years. I think they know what they’re doing.

  12. For everyone saying duel QBs don’t work. The Saints were pretty good with Breese and Hill.

  13. Well of course they’re going to use both quarterbacks. Who else is going to hold the ball for the extra point when Trey Lance scores a TD?

  14. I know I’m in the minority, but I think Jimmy is going to have a really good season because his whole future is on the line. He knows he has to be at his best.

  15. Maybe the G.M. should come clean and admit that they are trying to TRADE Jimmy G but nobody wants to pick up that contract and give them what they want at the same. He may be the next Sam Bradford.

  16. The answer is simple: Start Jimmy G. If he plays out of his mind and wins games…awesome. If he gets injured or is terrible, Lance is ready to go. Lynch wants him to play well so they can trade the contract next offseason and get something of value, so it makes zero sense to sit him on the bench in favor of a rookie that’s under team control for 5 seasons.

  17. If you want to develop Lance as a well rounded franchise QB, it seems foolish to start him off as a gadget player.

    Save that for guys like Taysom Hill who will never be a franchise QB.

  18. IF this is true, then Lynch and Shanahan should be fired after the season.

    You don’t waste multiple #1 picks on a gadget player.

    Either let him sit and learn like Mahomes did behind Alex Smith (and Rodgers, Brady, etc) or start him.

    But don’t tell us you just spent multiple first rounders on a Taysom Hill type.

    And if Lance gets hurt, This is just that much more incredible and stupid.

  19. Olyhawkguy says:
    August 27, 2021 at 1:12 pm
    Always a great strategy… dual starting QB’s. Should work out famously.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    Just keep your fingers crossed that little russie doesn’t get a serious booboo

    Sean Mannion and Geno Smith are your options….. lol

    I’d say having two competent QB options beats having Wilson and a couple of tomato cans

  20. I think coaches (and media) think they’re being cute or something with this stuff. Yes I believe there’s still some gamesmanship that can happen by showing this or not showing that – less so in modern preseason if at all. But if opposing coaches are swearing this stuff out behind the scenes I’d be getting me some new coaches. 90% of the league is on tape and 99% of play calling is unoriginal. Just play the game on the field where it belongs.

  21. My money is on Lance failing in the NFL. He is seriously struggling to pick up SF’s offense and throws wayyy to many picks due to his inability to properly read NFL Defenses and DB’s in the regular season wont be dropping them most of the time. Lance had two picks dropped week 1, a couple botched snaps, threw a pick week two and had another dropped, Lance has no touch on his passes everything is a fast ball, he struggles with accuracy throwing high and behind his receivers a lot. Lance is going to struggle with throwing a lot picks especially early on, I hope and pray they truly start him this season.

  22. ehsguy72 says:
    August 27, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    Olyhawkguy says:
    August 27, 2021 at 1:12 pm
    Always a great strategy… dual starting QB’s. Should work out famously.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    Just keep your fingers crossed that little russie doesn’t get a serious booboo

    Sean Mannion and Geno Smith are your options….. lol

    I’d say having two competent QB options beats having Wilson and a couple of tomato cans
    —————————–

    On what planet is having Jimmy G and TL BETTER than having one of the best QB’s in the NFL in Russell Wilson? And how are they both “competent” options? Jimmy G is an extremely injury prone weak armed QB who is mediocre at best and Lance is a rookie who is throwing what would be interceptions in the regular season at an alarming rate against BACKUPS running very vannila coverages. He’s having trouble with both the speed of the game and reading defenses. He is struggling badly to throw between the numbers, not seeing lurking safeties and linebackers.
    How is that QB situation better than having an elite top 5 NFL QB who just doesn’t miss games? That statement is just utterly delusional !!! Homerism at it’s finest.

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