Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Tom Pennington/Getty Images


  • Kyle Shanahan is adamant they made the right decision this offseason
  • Trey Lance was named the starter heading into the new NFL season
  • Jimmy Garoppolo will serve as his backup

The San Francisco 49ers are entering Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season with Trey Lance as their starting quarterback and Jimmy Garoppolo as the backup.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear that he has heard the concerns from fans regarding the matter and decided to publicly address their situation under center.

"We all know how it would go. We understand that. The fact that he has a successful quarterback behind him, it's obvious how that narrative will be and understandably so," Shanahan stated as quoted by ESPN.

"Our players also know Jimmy [Garoppolo] went through some tough times, too, and they had his back regardless of if they thought there was a better option... I believe our guys will do the same thing for Trey [Lance]."

Speculation around Garoppolo's future with the 49ers was in full effect during the offseason as it was rumored that he was likely to be traded to a team that was in need of a starting-caliber quarterback in exchange for depth pieces for the 49ers.

There was a growing belief that the Seattle Seahawks were going to wait in the shadows and strike at Garoppolo when he demands a trade from San Francisco.

It was later reported then that the 49ers were not at all willing to deal him to an NFC West rival, which eventually led to him deciding to stay with his current franchise.

Garoppolo went on to sign a restructured one-year deal worth $6.5 million and could go up to as high as $10 million in incentives.

Observers audibly wondered why he would decide to stay when he had franchises ready and willing to make a move for him and establish him as the centerpiece of their offense.

It can be argued that Garoppolo played his cards right as staying allowed him to earn a ton of money for a year while also getting a feasible shot at taking over the starting job.

Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after being defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Rams defeated the 49ers 20-17. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

For as high as the 49ers organization is on Lance, there have been some miscues on his part as a developing quarterback and the former New England Patriot has stepped up in his stead.

Lance, 22, will only be starting in his third NFL game on Sunday, September 11 against the Chicago Bears and Shanahan is confident that their third overall pick in last year's draft is ready.

"It's different for sure. Definitely a breath of fresh air, refreshing to game-plan against somebody, watch somebody else's tape, and learn some new things," Lance said about getting the starting nod.

Having Lance and Garoppolo as their top two quarterbacks puts the 49ers in a great position to succeed as they have the right balance of youth, hunger, and experience between them.

49ers fans already have a ton of things to look forward to this season, and seeing Lance succeed against the Bears would be an ideal start to their season as they pine for a playoff berth once again.

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers leaves the field after defeating the Houston Texans 23-7 at Levi's Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images