Kyle Shanahan: Trey Lance got hurt on a pretty normal play

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan delivered bad news about the severity of quarterback Trey Lance‘s injury during his postgame press conference on Sunday and he also fielded questions about the play that ended with Lance breaking his ankle.

Lance ran for a short gain on 2nd-and-8 from the Seattle 21-yard-line and Shanahan was asked if he regretted calling a run for his quarterback. Shanahan said you want to have any play back when someone gets injured, but said that it was an ordinary play they believe in that had an unfortunate result this time.

“Would it have been better if it was 2nd-and-4?” Shanahan said, via “Is that what you’re implying? . . . There’s a few options on the play. It could have been a handoff. The D-end went up the play. It’s the exact same play we ran three plays before that where Deebo [Samuel] got a 52-yarder. So there’s a lot of stuff that goes into it. It’s a pretty normal play. It’s part of football, and it’s unfortunately he hurt his ankle on it. But it’s a very normal play. You guys should watch some other [teams].”

There’s an injury risk every time that the ball is snapped in the NFL and it caught up with the 49ers on Sunday, but it doesn’t sound like Shanahan will be second guessing himself if he calls another run for a quarterback in the future.

8 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Trey Lance got hurt on a pretty normal play

  1. It is foolhardy to run your QB straight into the line! Shanahan does not seem to understand the concept of running your mobile QB strategically versus recklessly.
    This was not a QB sneak to squeeze out one yard for a first down or maybe a touchdown. Just like last year when Lance filled in for an injured Jimmy G against Arizona about a month into the season , which was unnecessarily risky as well. That run had Lance running laterally near the Arizona goal line. Predictably, Lance was smacked right as he tried turning toward the goal line by multiple defenders. He hurt his knee but thankfully not seriously. But it was obvious that was not the way to use your prospective franchise QB – not if you want to keep him healthy.
    This injury was avoidable but it appears that Shanahan simply doesn’t get it. Now Lance is done for the season and I fear that it’s unfortunately inevitable that Shanahan will put Lance at severe risk again next season as well. No common sense!

  2. Wanted: Glass QB who looks pretty in the case on the sidelines. Doesn’t really need talent. The more fragile the better. Dial 1-800-49ernow

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