Watching today’s game vs the undefeated Cardinals was enlightening and exciting. The Niners have now lost 3 games in a row… 2 to future Hall of Famers (Rodgers and Wilson) and today to Murray and the high powered Cardinals. So what’s exciting about a loss??? Trey Lance !!!
While Lance didn’t have a good game, he showed brilliance at times and also showed that he creates major issues for any NFL defense as they don’t really know if he will use his legs or his arm or both.
Shanahan also showed a lot of confidence in Trey as he didn’t hesitate to go on 4th down plays 5 times. They converted only once due to some poor play calling and poor execution. If Jimmy G were playing, Shanahan would have punted or kicked a field goal on every 4th down simply because he doesn’t trust Garoppolo.
The Niners are still a good team but until they fix the little things that caused these 3 losses, they will continue to be just another average team.
Looking forward, and I don’t care who is on their schedule, I believe that the Niner’s best chance of turning this season around is if Trey is under center. He played with a lot of confidence today regardless of facing many 2nd and 3rd and long situations due to sloppy penalties. Lance will only get better and we have seen the floor where he won’t play any worse and the ceiling is limitless. After all, this is why they gave up so much to draft him.
The other rookie QB’s (Lawrence, Wilson, Fields and Jones) are also struggling but seem to improve with experience. Lance is really in the best position of all of these QB’s because he is on a championship level team who haven’t shown their pedigree yet.
Shanahan stated after the game that nothing has changed regarding the QB position. If he goes back to Jimmy G., the Niners may still go on a winning streak but they will not do well in the Playoffs. By playing Garoppolo, it also sets back Lance’s growth schedule. If Shanahan starts Lance now, he may be a monster come Playoff time.
We all know that Trey Lance is the future franchise QB so why not make the future tomorrow???