Kyle Shanahan: I think our team’s ready for Trey Lance

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The 49ers knew who their starter was for 2022 the day they drafted Trey Lance. The No. 3 overall choice in 2021 waited his turn as a rookie, playing only six games behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo remains on the roster — for now — but the 49ers’ present and future are in Lance’s hands.

“We had an awesome run with Jimmy. It was great,” coach Kyle Shanahan told Tim Kawakami of, via “But when you bring in a salary cap and things like that, there are so many tough decisions that you have to make and we made [that decision] a year ago. And we got to here and I was so happy [with] how Jimmy played last year, that he took us almost to the Super Bowl, got healthy [and] guys around him played real well. But this is something that we did last year knowing where we wanted to go with this franchise and how you balance out a salary cap, how you balance out a roster, and Jimmy gave Trey a year that I thought he needed just to get used to this league, get his feet wet a little bit.”

With Garoppolo rehabbing from shoulder surgery, Lance took all the first-team reps in the offseason program. 49ers players and coaches have raved about Lance and expressed their confidence in him.

Ready or not, Lance will start for the 49ers with no safety net once they trade or cut Garoppolo.

But Lance will have plenty of help behind him with a team of stars that made the NFC Championship Game last season.

“I think our team’s ready for Trey, going through OTAs,” Shanahan said. “I’m just pumped to get to work [and] provide him some practices because I know the kid has the abilities, made of the right stuff, he just needs the reps.”

12 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: I think our team’s ready for Trey Lance

  1. Won’t be surprised when Jimmy G is still on the roster come Week 1. QB controversy is brewing in SF. No one’s trading draft picks for Jimmy with that cap hit.

  2. I think our teams ready for Trey Lance. Hey Kyle try to throttle back that enthusiasm and confidence.

  3. Be patient. The kid has a lot to learn. He has all the talent in the world, and Shanahan can design an offense that will put the kid in position to make plays. The learning curve will happen when the defenses adjust to the new QB and the designed play breaks down. Remaining cool and making the correct decision under pressure is what separates the great QB’s from the others. It’s hard to say what a kid can do until he does it. But be patient, and don’t panic if it doesn’t all come together the first half of the season. Also, don’t have really low expectations. I think Shanahan truly believes they can make a run at a super bowl this year. Just enjoy the ride. It should be fun.

  4. The Niners, with their determined run game, stout defense and Shanahan’s (altho limited to only using half the field) offensive scheme was the one team in this past playoffs no one wanted to face. Per some NFL experts view, the Niners runners this season are the teams best unit, other experts decided the team has the NFL’s number 2 receiving group and the D Line is intact and back with added rushers all suggests some interesting things coming from this team this season now with Lance being able to use all the field. We shall see.

  5. In other words, …Our team is ready to watch Lance struggle, get hurt because he can’t read a defense and he’ll run too much, followed by Sudfield playing out the season and we eventually miss the playoffs and I’m fired by the end of the season.

  6. Ready for the Trey Lance with the broken finger or the Trey Lance with a sore arm?

  7. Great coaches know. Thinking is just wishing. And there aren’t enough miracles to make Lance any good.

  8. The team may be ready for Trey, but is Trey ready for the team? No one really knows as he has limited experience.

    I went to watch training camp last year, and the kid has a “rocket arm”, but he still needs to learn the touch throw on the shorter passes. Still he’ll need to “take his lumps” that only comes with experience. If he learns it (and all reports are that he is very intelligent), the 9ers will be very dangerous.

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