Regardless Of How Season Ends, 49ers Still Plan To Swap Jimmy G For Trey Lance

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led his team to victory, but despite defeating the Green Bay Packers and playing through injury, it doesn’t seem likely his recent performance will change his fate. Rookie Trey Lance is still expected to take his place on the depth chart next season.

Garoppolo went into the game with a torn ligament in his right thumb and left the game with a slight sprain in his throwing shoulder, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says he doesn’t see a situation in which Lance isn’t eventually the franchise guy.

“I hate to sound like a broken record, but I kind of see it to where it was,” Rapoport said Monday of the 49ers’ quarterback situation on KNBR’s Murph & Mac show. “Unless I’m missing something, I haven’t seen anything that has changed where this is all going, which is with Trey Lance eventually being the franchise guy. Garoppolo is the starter now, and I would say not everything goes according to plan in life, in football, in everything, but this kind of has been the 49ers’ plan.”

Rapoport said the plan was always to find Garoppolo’s successor, and they did with Lance. The goal was to let the rookie learn from Jimmy and the rest of the playoff-caliber roster, 49ers Webzone reports.

Regardless Of How Season Ends, 49ers Still Plan To Swap Jimmy G For Trey Lance
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks toward the sidelines during the 4th quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 22, 2022, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images).

“Remember, they thought, before the season, they had a playoff-ready roster and that Garoppolo was the best person to get them to the playoffs,” Rapoport continued. “That happened. He is the best person to be in the playoffs with them. This has happened. And then, after the season, I would imagine they take a hard long look at it and say, ‘Has Jimmy Garoppolo done anything to change our mind that Trey Lance is the future starter?’

“My guess is the answer is ‘no.’ But it’s OK because everyone’s going to be fine. Garoppolo, assuming they go through with a trade, is going to end up great. He’s going to make some money. Trey Lance is going to be great. He’ll be the starter at some point. And then everybody will move forward, and that’s a pretty good transition, if you ask me.” 

While nearly everything has gone according to plan this season, 49ers Webzone reports that outside noise has pressured the organization to transition from the veteran to the exciting rookie sooner rather than later.

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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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