It’s not exactly Montana versus Young, but there might be a quarterback controversy brewing in the Bay. After Sunday night’s impressive outing, Trey Lance is proving to be a San Francisco treat, putting pressure on incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo. The rookie’s impressive play has head coach Kyle Shanahan hesitant to name a Week One starter. “Not tonight,” he said.
“It’s not the night."
— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) August 23, 2021
Lance started slow Sunday night against the Chargers, then quickly found a rhythm. The third overall pick in April’s draft finished 8 of 14 for 102 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Most notably, he made a couple of “wow” throws which showcased why he was such a sought-after draft prospect in the first place.
Count coach Shanahan among those who were impressed with Lance’s outing: “I understand whatever Trey does, the eyes are going to be on him. I don’t want him to have that pressure, but that’s also the reality of this business. … I thought he came out much more locked in, more comfortable. I thought we had a chance to start pretty fast and we didn’t. Then it started to kind of stack up a little bit where it seemed like it was going the wrong direction. That’s why I was pumped about getting that two-minute drill at the end … I was real happy with how he finished.”
Presumed starter Jimmy Garoppolo was under center for just one drive, completing 3 of 6 passes for just 15 yards and a pick.
Garoppolo’s less than impressive preseason stat-line, coupled with Lance’s strong performance and first-round pedigree have Shanahan reluctant to name a Week One starter: “No, I’m not making that announcement. Not tonight.”