The San Francisco 49ers revealed a blueprint for the future of their franchise as Jimmy Garoppolo continues to push them into a playoff berth. The team outfitted him with an aggressive offense, putting his arm in play more frequently and allowing him to be more efficient when he does so.
The “Jimmy Garoppolo height” is a 49ers quarterback who has been very impressive in his rookie season. He has led the team to a 6-3 record and has helped them into a playoff berth.
When will Trey Lance take over as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers?
Since the 49ers selected him third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, this has been a hot topic. Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo sparred in training camp before the incumbent was designated the starter.
After Garoppolo suffered a calf injury, Lance was thrust into the starting position, only to suffer a knee injury. Since then, Garoppolo has remained the starter, leaving supporters to question whether Lance will play in the 2021 season at all.
The 49ers seem to have a strategy, albeit it isn’t exactly promising for Lance.
The 49ers have released the Trey Lance plan but have not yet implemented it.
Everyone is curious as to when — or if — Lance will return to the field this season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network addressed those questions over the weekend and disclosed the 49ers’ intentions for the two quarterbacks.
“In the absence of a Super Bowl run, which remains theoretically feasible at this point, the 49ers’ strategy for next season is to start Trey Lance and trade Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s not surprising; they’ve been quite forthright about it. What Garoppolo is doing now is raising the value of selections the 49ers get in a trade involving him, as well as making it more likely that a team that wants to hire him would do so.”
The 49ers’ intentions with Lance and Garoppolo, according to Ian Rapoport.
So there you have it, the solution to which everyone has been waiting.
Garoppolo seems to be the starter with the 49ers in in contention for the playoffs. San Francisco has won three consecutive games to get a foothold in the Wild Card battle, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t disappointed.
On the year, the veteran has 2342 yards, 13 touchdowns, and six interceptions. It isn’t terrific, but it has been sufficient in leading the 49ers to success in recent weeks.
Lance has only been in five games and hasn’t been on the field since October 10, which is unexpected given his ability to run the ball. Nonetheless, it’s Jimmy Time in San Francisco for the time being.
On the surface, the 49ers seem to be doing all they can to boost Garoppolo’s trade worth ahead of the summer. With players like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and even Deshaun Watson on the market, the quarterback market will be volatile.
Garoppolo would definitely be a lot less expensive than those, and he’d still be a competent quarterback. However, there is cause for alarm for the 49ers.
What if Garoppolo takes them all the way to the Super Bowl? The goal, according to Rapoport, is to move Garoppolo until the team makes a Super Bowl push.
Yes, a Super Bowl run is quite improbable, but stranger things have occurred in the NFL, particularly this season. You never know, albeit Deebo Samuel’s injury has made things more difficult.
Now it’s your turn to flip the script. What if no one is willing to pay top dollar for Garoppolo this offseason? That’s a whole different situation, and it’s a real possibility.
There are so many variables here, and the longer the 49ers keep winning with Garoppolo at the helm, the more unclear Lance’s future becomes.
Another issue is Kyle Shanahan’s complete separation from Trey Lance.
Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo | Getty Images/Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire
Garoppolo should be kept in as long as the 49ers are winning football games. Going completely away from Lance, on the other hand, is a worry in and of itself.
Shanahan revealed why he has moved away from the Lance packages before of the 49ers’ game against the Seattle Seahawks (h/t Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports).
“To tell you the truth, it’s more about me.” When it comes to calling plays, we get into a routine of attacking a defense and learning their fronts and coverages. Every play builds on the previous one, and you get a sense of what we’re going to do, as do our players and I.”
On staying clear from Trey Lance packages, Kyle Shanahan said
That’s a fascinating factoid from Shanahan, who has been full of them when it comes to Lance.
So, it’s not Lance’s responsibility, but it’s the fault of the head coach? In terms of making modifications, Shanahan’s position does not seem to be favorable.
That doesn’t bode well for Lance for the rest of 2021, or as long as the 49ers keep winning.
Lance fans are in for a miserable season, but a playoff berth for the 49ers might help lessen the pain a little.
For as long as Jimmy Garoppolo is on the roster, the continuing Garoppolo-Lance scenario will be one to watch.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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