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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan sounds off on viral Jimmy Garoppolo comments after drafting Trey Lance

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan regrets his viral comments about Jimmy Garoppolo after they took Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft on Thursday.

Shanahan admitted that he messed up on how he relayed his message and this led to people misconstruing his words about the future of Garoppolo with the 49ers:

“First of all, I’m glad you asked about Jimmy. I totally bombed that on Monday,” Shanahan told reporters, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I hated how that came off. I talked to Jimmy about it right away. I didn’t realize that when I did it. A person I have a relationship with who sometimes when he asks me what I think is a silly question, sometimes I mess with him back, and that’s kind of what I was doing. That was between me and that guy, had nothing to do with Jimmy when I said, I didn’t know if we’d be alive on Sunday. I was just trying not to get my typical answer of, ‘Guys, anybody can be traded if you get a bunch of ones, John should trade me, and I shouldn’t be here on Sunday.’

When the 49ers traded a bunch of future draft assets to move up to No. 3 in the 2021 draft, many already questioned whether San Francisco would move on from Garoppolo. However, Shanahan noted that he still wants the 29-year-old to stay with the squad as he plans to bring along their rookie quarterback slowly.

Garoppolo could serve as a valuable mentor for the 20-year-old 49ers rookie. That’s what Shanahan hopes will happen this season with Jimmy G still around. Assuming Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere, he will likely be the starter for a while as a raw talent in Lance learns the system and develops.