The 49ers retaining Jimmy Garoppolo in Santa Clara wasn’t unhealthy information for Trey Lance, coach Kyle Shanahan believes. In actual fact, it was fairly the alternative.
Whereas rumors have swirled about Trey Lance’s job safety because the plan for Garoppolo’s future grew to become public, Shanahan mentioned he has little doubt the 2 quarterbacks will coexist peacefully — even fortunately.
“Once I informed Trey that Jimmy was coming again, he was like, ‘Superior,'” Shanahan mentioned by way of a convention name Tuesday. “That man was nice for me final 12 months. I am unable to wait to be the identical means.’ Trey was nice.”
Shanahan detailed the timeline of how plans to maintain Garoppolo advanced, and the coach saved his new quarterback within the loop from the beginning. The plan for Garoppolo to return as a backup was very clear and finally the one possibility.
“Trey and Jimmy have an excellent relationship,” Shanahan mentioned. “Trey truly likes having Jimmy within the constructing. Trey was very appreciative of the best way Jimmy was to him final 12 months and we really feel very strongly from each males that Jimmy goes to provide it again to Trey this 12 months.”
Garoppolo has been an instance of calm and picked up regardless of the state of affairs. In 2021, when the 49ers knowledgeable him of their plans to maneuver up within the draft to pick out their subsequent franchise quarterback, the veteran took all of it in stride, earned the beginning position and helped groom his good friend his new crew member.
Now, with the roles reversed, Shanahan believes the 49ers’ quarterback room will stay the constructive atmosphere it was in 2021.
“I feel they like being round one another,” Shanahan mentioned. “They loved one another final 12 months regardless of being in competitors, particularly in coaching camp. They had been actually good to one another. I feel Jimmy simply took that beginning position, he appreciated Trey all 12 months.”
Shanahan was adamant that Garoppolo’s return will not be a sign that Lance’s position is in query in any respect. Shanahan merely believes that retaining the veteran was finest for all events concerned, together with the No. 3 general within the 2021 NFL Draft.
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The coach believes the 2 centre-backs being round one another will probably be a profit for each gamers as they put together for the beginning of the 2022 season.
“I feel when you may have a quarterback room the place individuals like one another, it makes it extra enjoyable to return into work since you’re in that room collectively rather a lot,” Shanahan mentioned. “I do know these guys like one another. They’ve a number of completely different talent units and each can study from one another simply by watching one another.
“The extra soccer they’re round one another, the extra they speak, normally it is hidden from either side.”
Garoppolo will probably be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Lance. Common supervisor John Lynch introduced that Brock Purdy will probably be on the 53-man roster because the third-string quarterback.
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