49ers head coach makes one thing clear after decision to keep Jimmy Garoppolo

The 49ers kept Garoppolo in a surprising twist.

by Dzevad Mesic
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49ers head coach makes one thing clear after decision to keep Jimmy Garoppolo

cisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan insists that Trey Lance is all good with Jimmy Garoppolo staying with the team and that he doesn't expect any problems or drama in that regards. After the 2021 season ended, the 49ers were expected to name Lance as their new starting quarterback and trade Garoppolo.

Earlier this offseason, Shanahan said the 49ers were Lance's team and they would never do anything to mess that up. But after failing to find a trade partner for Garoppolo, the two sides agreed to keep their partnership. Now that Garoppolo has stayed with the team, Shanahan noted that the 49ers are still Lance's team and that Garoppolo is now a backup.

“Not at all,” Shanahan said, via Pro Football Talk. “That’s why Trey is our starting quarterback. That’s why Jimmy wasn’t an option unless he came in as a backup role. And that didn’t become an option until it was clear that, at least so far, no one was giving him the exact opportunity.

Yeah, this doesn’t change anything and I just feel it makes us a much better team and doesn’t hurt our cap, like it would’ve”.

Shanahan: Lance has no problems with Garoppolo remaining with the team

Some think that Garoppolo staying with the 49ers means that the team maybe has doubts regarding Lance.

If that's the case, there would be additional pressure on Lance to perform well. But Shanahan says Lance and Garoppolo have a great relationship and that Lance actually loves having Garoppolo around. “Trey was great,” Shanahan said.

“There were no problems with it at all. I told him the exact same things that I told Jimmy. The option of bringing Jimmy here, that it had to be in a backup-type deal, which Jimmy knew that was his option and that was the only option.

And we told that to Trey also. Trey and Jimmy have a great relationship. Trey actually likes having Jimmy in the building and Trey was very grateful to how Jimmy was to him last year. And we feel very strongly from the two people that Jimmy will give that back to Trey this year.

He’ll do for Trey, what Jimmy did for him in the year before”. With Garoppolo as their starting quarterback, the 49ers had a Super Bowl trip and one NFC Championship Game appearance. It remains to be seen if Lance can lead the 49ers to the Promised Land in his first season as the full-time starting quarterback.

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