Matt Eberflus: No one really knows how 49ers will use Trey Lance

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Trey Lance won’t be making his first NFL start against the Bears this weekend, but he will be making his first start since being installed as the 49ers’ full-time starter.

While Lance stepped into the starting lineup for Jimmy Garoppolo a couple of times last season, he wasn’t running an offense designed around his skills. Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said on Monday that he doesn’t think those outings will be overly informative about how the 49ers offense is going to look this year.

“You’re projecting a little bit,” Eberflus said, via Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News. “You have to project how they’re going to use the young man and where they’re going to use them in their offense. We certainly have an idea of what this offense looks like. But how they’re going to use him, no one really knows. You have to use your rules, have your calls and make sure you’re sound.”

The 49ers will have to do some feeling out themselves as it is the first time Eberflus and his staff will be coaching the team in a regular season game, but there will likely be more eyes on how they deploy Lance given the bets they made on the quarterback at the top of the 2021 draft and this offseason.

38 responses to “Matt Eberflus: No one really knows how 49ers will use Trey Lance

  1. The 49ers will continue to be a run heavy team, and one might expect the Bears to crowd the box. It will interesting to see whether Shanahan lets Lance loose if that’s the case, or if he tries to protect him by continuing to run. Can’t wait to see some real football.

  2. According to the SF beat writers the Niners have been mixing in triple option during practice lol

  3. I believe the Bears will succeed at this time. San Fran won’t be the best team in the West and I don’t believe the Bears will be the worst in the North. Looking forward to seeing Justin Fields win under Eberflus.

  4. Are the Bears going to come out the gate swinging? Does Eberflus have something up his sleeve?

    I wouldn’t bet on it, but you never know…

  5. Fields is not a pocket passer. He retreats deep and wants to get outside. Mush rush him. Keep him in the pocket and let Kinlaw, Armstead devour him.

  6. The bigger intrigue in this game is Luke Getsy as OC vs. DeMeco Ryans and that formidable 49er defense.

    Both young quarterbacks will be fun to watch, but which D is more troublesome?

  7. I’d be more worried about that massive blind spot between your own QB’s eyes, Matt.

  8. Kabasaman says:
    September 6, 2022 at 8:45 am
    I believe the Bears will succeed at this time. San Fran won’t be the best team in the West and I don’t believe the Bears will be the worst in the North. Looking forward to seeing Justin Fields win under Eberflus.

    Lol. I want what he’s smokin

  9. Just keep everything in front of you and try to confuse Lance with different looks on the back end. He doesn’t have the accuracy or decision-making ability to beat you if you don’t get beat deep.

  10. Eberflus is blowing smoke — everyone knows the 49ers will focus on the run and quick-read passes, and if the 49ers get in long yardage situations and the first read isn’t there, Lance will pull it down and run. And that offensive game plan will likely be just fine against the Bears.

  11. A lot of unknown on both teams. That’s what makes every new season of the NFL so exciting. You never know who’s going to show up and shine and who’s going to fold and fail.

    As a Bears fan, I’m more hopeful for this season than I have been in awhile. I reall liked the discipline I saw from the team in the preseason vs. getting flagged just trying to get an offensive play in. This is a great test for a very young and unproven Bears team. I’m anxious to see how they respond.

  12. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a very close game and even if the Bears upset them. It won’t be an indictment on how the rest of the season goes, but Eberflus strikes me as that type of coach who will thrive with this much time to prepare with an inferior roster.

  13. Non gimmick, wait for Lance and Garoppolo to both come on the field together in non wildcat formation. Eberflus will really be confused.

  14. The Bears, besides this uncertainty over how the ‘Niners will run the offense, have to be looking ahead to week two when they visit Green Bay. They remember Aaron Rodgers owns them and can’t be happy about that.

  15. riggedkangaroocourt says:
    September 6, 2022 at 8:42 am
    According to the SF beat writers the Niners have been mixing in triple option during practice lol
    —–

    Hey, whatever works!

  16. The fact that SF resigned Garappolo to a one year extension is very telling. Sounds like they are worried about Lance’s performance during camp and preseason. I guarantee you if Lance stumbles out the gate and underwhelms after a couple of games, Garappolo will be starting for SF. Count on it.

  17. Whatever it is I’m smoking it has nothing to do with the beat down the Bears are going to hand that team from out west. I believe in the coach. Don’t forget, he’s from Toledo.

  18. Bears scored 22 on the 9ers last year, which is remarkable as Nagy’s games have been sub 14 points.

    Bears win at home.

  19. Should be one of the more winnable games on the 49ers schedule but with Lance starting who knows how winnable any game will be. Eberflus isnt the only one that doesnt know what to expect from the 49er O. If the Bears D can contain the run this game will be interesting.

  20. My expectations this year is that Trey will bring chunk plays. Throws over 20 yards and outside the hash marks. We know he will run for yards and TDs more than Jimmy. But if he can protect the ball better than Jimmy’s maddening propensity to throw interceptable balls at the worst moments, we will make improvements at the QB position this year over past seasons. Understanding that there will be some uneven progress.

    2 points I’m looking for in Trey this year compared to Jimmy:

    1) Greater threat to score.
    2) Reduced turnovers.

  21. Oh, we know how they will use him. They will use him to run and to cover for his poor passing/modern QB skills that he didn’t develop at North Dakota State.

    And then, he’ll get hurt again. And, voila, they’ll be more excuses and scurrying around to try to mask the horrible decision to mortgage future drafts for a project.

  22. Bears fans are going to see a completely different Niners defense with the starting cornerbacks, Charvarius Ward and Moseley instead of Josh Norman, Dontae Johnson and rookie Lenoir in the secondary. I predict Drake Jackson is going to have a big game rushing opposite Bosa, who will undoubtedly be double teamed all game long.

    I have respect for Fields, but I don’t think his offensive line is going to hold up long enough for him to find open receivers. If the Niners have an untested part of the defense, a strong rush might test Kinlaw’s side. Armstead will do his thing, one of the best defense lineman in the league against the rush. If Kinlaw comes to play, then watch out.

  23. Better question is will the Bears average 10 points a game this year ? Justin the best advice you can get is to get out of that crappy team the 1st chance you get.

  24. Niner fans are going to see a completely different team. Younger, faster and disciplined. An Offense built around player strengths not some gadget playbook that got a HC (and GM) fired.

    Fields has more snaps, played in bigger games than Lance. Fields isn’t looking over his shoulder at Johnny G either.

  25. Lynch and Shanny know what they’re doing. They wouldn’t have spent all the picks they did unless they had hard intel this guy was a star.

  26. Remember, the 49ers traded up in the draft and bet the farm and didn’t even know which QB they wanted.

  27. I root for the niners and I’m not all that comfortable with regard to the Bears. I think Fields is going to be good. Lance will likely have his ups and downs but will grow as the year progresses.
    This game will hinge on Niners pass rush getting to Fields.

  28. Fields has more snaps, played in bigger games than Lance. Fields isn’t looking over his shoulder at Johnny G either.
    ——————
    Fields hasn’t played in that many “bigger” games. They were never in any contention.
    The whole Jimmy G over Lance’s shoulder is overblown issue.
    If a starting QB cannot handle the pressure of good backup, he can’t handle big game pressure. Issue is a non-issue.
    Adding Jimmy G as a backup does not make a more pressure situation than being the starting QB of a superbowl team.

  29. Fields most certainly played in bigger games. Did Lance put up 6 TDS against #2 Clemson?

    Fields has played almost twice as many college games (34-19) and twice as many games in the NFL(12-6).

    Jimmy G (Sorry I had a typo) news has definitely made some waves… “Was a Little Annoyed’ as I read it.

    Fields had us in the game last year with the Nagy playbook, remembering that 20 yard scramble for the TD. Defense was gassed and couldn’t hold the lead.

    We’ll find out in a few days.

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