When I went to the mailbox this morning, I found it full of questions about one player.
It’s Trey mania among the 49ers Faithful after the rookie quarterback led the 49ers to a 23-7 victory over Houston on Sunday.
Let’s open the mail.
Rich McDonald @rbernard99 – What were the two biggest improvements you saw in Lance’s two starts?
The two improvements that caught my eye go together. Lance’s ability to trust what he is seeing and get the ball out with anticipation was much better than what we from him back in week five against Arizona.
For example, the throw below from Lance to Aiyuk at the end of the first half is excellent. Lance sees the hole and throws it, trusting Aiyuk to make the adjustment.
Another good example of Lance seeing the opening and getting the ball out quick came on third down early in the fourth quarter. Facing third and three, Lance hits his back foot and drives the ball to Jauan Jennings. The ball is coming out well before Jennings makes his out cut, and although the throw is a bit inaccurate, the timing makes does not allow the cornerback to make a play on the ball.
Mewsley28 – Should Kyle think long term and start Trey and give him this great experience or short term and start JG?
I feel confident in stating the 49ers will ride with Trey Lance the rest of the season even if Kyle Shanahan won’t announce it.
Trey Lance represents the future, San Francisco made that known when they used three first round picks and a third rounder to select the quarterback and his performance against Houston shows the time is now.
If Lance had not suffered a knee injury against Arizona in his week five start, it’s likely he would have been the starting quarterback moving forward.
Ryo @ 9erRyo – What would you say to the crowd that argues quarterbacks only develop with playing time?
I would tell them their stance is incorrect.
There are strong arguments and examples that can be used on both sides of the “play now” or “sit and learn” arguments.
When you compare the results from Lance’s second start to the other quarterbacks from the 2021 draft class it is hard to argue the 49ers were wrong in the way they handled Lance.
2021 Draft Class – NFL Passer Rating in second career start:
Lance 116.0— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) January 3, 2022
The strong showing and improvement from Lance against Houston match what Fred Warner, Trent Williams, George Kittle, and Kyle Shanahan stated publicly last week.
Each noted growth they have seen from Lance throughout the year with Shanahan stating, “this last month of Trey has been his been consecutive four weeks of practice since we’ve had him.”
The improvement was noticeable on Sunday.
During the draft process, there were several analysts and fans who compared Lance to Steve McNair.
McNair was selected by Houston with the third selection in the 1995 draft. During his first three seasons with the Oilers, McNair made only six starts. It took until McNair’s third year with Houston before he would be named the starter.
Big Golden Nuggets @BGN_49 – More likely to happen, 49ers win in Los Angeles or Falcons beat Saints?
I don’t think either of these will occur, but If I was a betting man, I would put my money on the 49ers winning in Los Angeles.
Don’t forget, San Francisco was only up by three on Sunday against Houston in the fourth quarter.
The Texans were inside the 49ers’ redzone until Arden Key came up with a big sack on third down and Kai’imi Fairbairn missed a 45-yard field goal attempt.
On paper this game should go to Los Angeles, however, there’s just something about this matchup that consistently favors San Francisco.
As for Atlanta and New Orleans, the Falcons have not swept the season series with New Orleans since Kyle Shanahan was their offensive coordinator in 2016.
Max – How long do you think you could survive a fight to the death against Trent Williams in a phone booth?
Have you seen Trent Williams? He’s huge. I don’t think he could even fit in a phone booth.
Please don’t kill me, Trent.