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Kyle Shanahan’s truth bomb on Jimmy Garoppolo as starting 49ers QB

49ers, Kyle Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo

When the San Francisco 49ers traded up and drafted quarterback Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft, it sent a clear message that at some point in the not so distant future, the team would hand the keys to the car over to the North Dakota State product. While Jimmy Garoppolo is still on the roster though, it appears to be his job to lose for now.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan is trying to manage this situation with the 49ers as best as possible and speaking with Peter King of “Football Morning in America,” he believes if Garoppolo is at his best, he’ll be just fine.

“What I told Jimmy right when we made the trade is, ‘I don’t know any rookie who can come and beat you out if you’re playing at his best self.’ I didn’t necessarily think he was there last year at training camp. Then he had the injuries and stuff. But right now I see him playing well out here. If he can continue to go that way, that’s great for Trey. That’s great for our team. Then Trey can wait till he’s at his best self, which doesn’t happen overnight.”

Garoppolo has not only been on somewhat of a roller coaster ride on the field with the 49ers but he’s had trouble staying healthy and available as well. He played and started in just six games in 2020 for San Francisco as the team dealt with tons of injuries throughout the roster. Right now, Garoppolo likely gives them the best shot to win at quarterback and if he’s able to stay healthy in 2021, it’s a San Francisco team that could compete for an NFC crown.