The development of Lance will largely fall on the shoulders of new quarterbacks coach Brian Griese.
When the hiring of Griese was first reported, it came as a bit of a surprise. After all, he had never held a coaching role at any level.
After retiring, Griese moved into the broadcast booth, working with ESPN since 2009, moving into the Monday Night Football booth in 2020. During his time working on Monday Night Football, Griese met weekly with various coaching staff from around the NFL, so he’s been around the game. In addition to his time at ESPN, Griese was the color commentator for Denver Broncos radio broadcasts from 2010 to 2011.
Speaking with the media at the NFL Annual meeting on Tuesday, Shanahan shared why he felt the former NFL quarterback and announcer was the right move.
“He has a huge passion for football, and I was able to work with Griese for two years in Tampa. I personally think he was the smartest football player I’ve ever been around. The way he prepared, how organized he was. He’s as detailed a guy as I’ve ever been around.
“I felt he could bring something different to the quarterback position. I deal with the quarterback a ton. Bobby Slowik deals with the quarterback a ton. I thought it was neat to bring in somebody who could bring something different.
“I love that Trey has someone that has been through the battle. I can tell him about what I’ve seen with guys, but someone that’s actually had to go through the ups and downs and the pressures of having a good game and throwing a pick that loses the next game.”
Interestingly, Shanahan specifically pointed to Trey Lance in his response and made no mention of Jimmy Garoppolo.