How much will Trey Lance play today?

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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been all over the place regarding his plan for using one or both of his quarterbacks this season. The appearance of confusion flows either from strategy or happenstance.

Earlier this week, Shanahan tried to downplay the expectation, created by the 49ers in the preseason, that we’d see plenty of rookie Trey Lance in the regular season. In so doing, Shanahan created a new expectation that we won’t see much of Lance.

If that’s the case, why say anything? Unless Shanahan is trying to rope-a-dope the Seahawks into thinking they won’t see Lance before unleashing him on Sunday, there’s no reason to say anything other than, “We’ll do what’s in the best interests of the team.”

Shanahan, with an assist from starter Jimmy Garoppolo, definitely created the impression that the 49ers would use a two-quarterback system when the games count. Shanahan has since retreated from that, possibly because Garoppolo didn’t like it — and because he still has the locker room behind him.

That’s the key here. The locker room. If a roster that continues to believe it’s Super Bowl ready also believes in Garoppolo over Lance, Shanahan needs to go with Garoppolo.

The solution, unless Shanahan’s Mr. Magoo machinations are actually Jedi Mind Tricks, seems to be to ride with Garoppolo until something breaks or tears or strains, opening the door for Lance. Indeed, the 49ers went fishing for a franchise quarterback because they can’t trust Garoppolo to stay healthy. So it’s simple. Ride Jimmy until he gets injured, and then go with Lance.

Of course, there’s a chance Jimmy stays healthy all year. And that the 49ers end up in the Super Bowl. And that the 49ers find themselves with the worst of the good problems to have — a veteran quarterback they want to get rid of but can’t along with a younger option for whom they sold out their the future but who can’t get on the field.

6 responses to “How much will Trey Lance play today?

  1. They love to SAY the big problem with Jimmy G is his durability, because it sounds a lot better than “the guy we picked to be our QB turned out to be not very good.”

  2. tehgreatcornflorio says:
    October 3, 2021 at 11:09 am
    They love to SAY the big problem with Jimmy G is his durability, because it sounds a lot better than “the guy we picked to be our QB turned out to be not very good.”
    When he has been health …24-9 67.5% 55 TD 27 TD Helped take the niners to the big game in 2019. “Not very good” indeed. I know an awful lot of teams that would sign on for that right now…

  3. Imagine if Shanahan knew what he was doing.

    How is a guy who led the team to victory last week vs GB constantly strung up by his dumb coach and the media says nothing about it? Why would you bench a good QB? 80% of the league would love a winning qb trained by BB in his prime, or should anyway.

    These teams are so arrogant and dumb.

    It’s like Shanahan is trying to sell the public that JimmyG blew the SB even though it was clearly Shanahan ignoring 2 RBs doing 6ypc against the Chiefs swiss cheese D in the 4th qtr.

    Get over it already. You blew it and it had nothing to do with Garoppolo.

  4. I’d prefer that TL play, to get him experience, and because it’s more exciting – win or lose. Plus, we find out sooner whether the big gamble was a good one.

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