The San Francisco 49ers always make Jimmy Gallopolo the starting quarterback in the first week of the game against the Lions.
Nine team coach Kyle Shanahan did not publicly make such a promise, but all the evidence shows that this is indeed the case.
But now the nine-man team has no choice but to start Gallopolo in Week 1, because Trey Lance’s pitcher has a severed finger, which will prevent him from training for at least a week.
Injury-when Lance hit the Raiders guard’s helmet in the first half of Sunday’s Nineers preseason final-a reminder of all the hard work the team needs to make on the roster and depth map. Before the season begins, things usually find a way.
But don’t doubt that Shanahan or Niners have Lance-or any player who played on Sunday-in a game against a Raiders team that mocked the exhibition without bringing 31 players to Santa Clara.
Lance is a rookie. He just turned 21 in May. He played in a small high school in Minnesota—not exactly the cradle of genius—and only played one real college season, 2019, in the second tier of Division 1.
In short, if he wants to prove that the nine-man selection of his 3rd overall pick is reasonable, then he needs to play football, and the first-round picks need two additional first-round picks to get.
When you play, there is always a risk of injury.
Lance’s talent is unquestionable-his running ability and arm strength make it easy for people to predict his position in the league. However, to expect him to be the all-around influence player in the most important position of professional sports west of the Rocky Mountains from Marshall High School to North Dakota State University-the San Francisco 49ers quarterback-is to ignore the facts. This is reckless. This is a ridiculous underestimation of NFL talent.
What is impressive is that Lance-given his lack of experience-looks as good as him at the NFL level.
But he needs representatives, not only against his own team and its strong defense, but also against other teams that deliberately attack him. They call it the “living bullet” in football.
Shanahan said: “I think the difficult thing for Trey is that he didn’t play for the entire year last year.” “So no matter what happens, I have been trying to make sure Trey will not miss another year of games. We will Make sure we do the best thing for him. Let him represent on the practice field, hopefully the same in the game, and we will see how it all develops.”
We have seen throughout the preseason that if you give Lance more snapshots, he will play better. There is still a lot to develop, but when he adapts to the rhythm of the NFL game, his talent explodes on the court-even if the preseason tempo is slower than he expected after the start of the real season.
“I think he gets better every game,” Shanahan said of his rookie quarterback. “He got better in the whole process.”
At the same time, Niners has developed a plan to help Lance play those much-needed representatives, and at the same time, for his confidence and the team as a whole, don’t let him play full-time early in the game. season.
The nines showed their quarterback rotation for the first time in Sunday’s exhibition finals.
Boy, there are a lot of moving parts. The pace of the nine-man team letting Lance and Gallopolo in and out of the game dazzled the media and fans, and can only imagine the difficulty of handling the Raiders.
Or how challenging it is for the other 10 Niners on the field.
These guys are professionals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need real representatives like Lance to be comfortable in this new, strange setting.
In recent years, only another team in the NFL has done such a thing, and their work speed is not as fast as the NFL seems to want.
This is not the kind of thing the team wants to try for the first time in the first week. This is how you end up with 12 people on the court, or worse, a group of players who don’t know what happened.
On Sunday, Niners had a quarterback rotation for two series. It worked well-the substitution went smoothly-and Shanahan was quite satisfied and handed the offensive reins to Lance full-time in the next few quarters. The rookie quarterback did not leave the game after a hand injury at the end of the second quarter, and started stealing in the second half.
He wiped off his finger and injured it-I believe it was just a jam after the game. The imaging showed a bit of bone fragmentation. Shanahan refused to disclose which finger was injured.
In any case, Lance will not be able to train with the team seriously for at least this week-in the last week, he can actually violate Gallopolo’s status as a starter. The injury stopped any positive momentum he might have.
If Lance can return to the game next week, this will be part of a special plan to defeat the Lions.
I still believe that it is inevitable for Lance to become a full-time quarterback for the nines this season. Monday’s injury-albeit minor-delayed the result.
But don’t misunderstand it: if Lance is not allowed to participate in the extended preseason game, it will cause even greater delays for the 49ers’ young quarterback to take over as QB1.