San Francisco 49ers Refuse to Announce Starting Quarterback for 2021 NFL Season

Published 09/02/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Aug 25, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan during training camp at SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network


During the interview of the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Shanahan decided to fool around with the reporters. He, though, dropped hints but refused to name the starting quarterback of the 49ers this season. Just as he refused to specify the correct hand and finger of Trey Lance’s injury a few days ago.

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Shanahan has acquired a secretive vibe around him, as he refuses to directly answer questions, though drop hints at the same time. His strategy is to keep the Lions guessing, which gives the Niners a competitive advantage over them. It’s difficult for the opposing team to scheme the game for two very different quarterbacks.

May 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) works on passing drills during the first day of rookie minicamp at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Will Trey Lance start for San Francisco 49ers in the season opening?

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However, the coach seems to be concerned about the minor tagged ‘chipped finger’ injury of the rookie quarterback Trey Lance. He says, “I mean, anytime you’ve got a small chip, it could linger.

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To which he adds, “I hope it doesn’t. I’m hoping he’s back there next Monday. He seems positive about it. But we gotta be smart with it, too. Sometimes when it’s a real little thing like that, it’s hard to believe it’s still hurt. But we gotta make sure he doesn’t go back out there and have a setback right away, too.”

This removes the possibility of Trey Lance being in the starting lineup up to a certain extent. This brings us to Jimmy Garoppolo, who is more likely to be the 49ers’ starting quarterback in their season-opening match against the Detroit Lions.

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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 07: George Kittle #85 is congratulated by Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers after Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass to Kittle against the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Although when asked about the same, Shanahan replied, “I don’t need to announce the quarterback, I don’t think I need to announce the starting punt returner, either, but I bet you guys could figure it out.”

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Shanahan said that the star rookie has been primarily listening and training his footwork on the sidelines. However, he will be back in training from next Monday, which is way before the season starts.

 

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Sauvik Banerjee

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