Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo remains Niners' starting quarterback



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Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo remains Niners' starting quarterback

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has underlined that there won't be any quarterback change as Jimmy Garoppolo remains the Niners' starting quarterback. On Sunday, the Niners suffered a last second 30-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers on their home field.

Garoppolo orchestrated a drive that resulted in a touchdown with 37 seconds left to go in the game. Unfortunately for the Packers, 37 seconds was enough for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to put his team in a position to kick a field goal for the win.

"There's not a quarterback battle right now," Shanahan said. "We're going with our starting quarterback who I think is playing very well. I'm happy that he is, so Trey is not thrown into any situations he has to do too early.

If he ever is thrown into that, then I know Trey will deal with that and he'll get better as it goes, but we have a luxury where we don't have to do that yet to Trey or to our team."

Garoppolo remains the starter, Trey Lance on the bench

During the preseason, the Niners were frequently switching quarterbacks back and forth.

"Trey's our backup quarterback," Shanahan said. "This isn't the preseason. We're not just going back and forth all the time." Lance played in a few snaps during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

"There's no certain situations that I know that I'm going in or don't just stay ready just like all the other tight ends and receivers and running backs that are subbing out of the game," Lance said.

Lance took the field in the final seconds of the first half against the Packers and scored a rushing touchdown. "We have put him [Lance] on the field," Shanahan said. "We do it in situations. You can go with whatever you want what I say in training camp and you can expand on that or not.

But I think I was asked coming off the field of our third [preseason] game if we'd see this in the regular season, I said, 'probably not.' So, I think a lot of words have been put in my mouth with some of that stuff or exaggerated pretty big.

So, I pretty much keep it pretty real to everyone, but I don't just tell everyone the answer. "But I've been pretty consistent with what I've said."