How Brian Griese will help Trey Lance

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.

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  1. No Jack what is interesting is that they have to hire someone to hold Trey’s hand.
    Maybe even literally!
    “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.”
    The kid ain’t ready!

    1. Hey Dee, why do you think you know anything about Trey? 2 stand ins for Jimmy after almost NO
      practice (1 and 1) Skip the analysis until you have some evidence. Just watch next year, give me a call after 6 games,
      you’ll see.

  2. “I hired this really fat sous-chef because he has a huge passion for eating. I was able to eat with this fat guy for two years in Tampa. I personally think he was the smartest food critic I’ve ever been around. The way he handled his fork, how organized he was in eating the sides. He’s as fat a guy as I’ve ever been around. I love that Trey has someone that has been through the buffet line. I can tell Trey how to cook, but someone that’s actually had to go through the ups and downs and the pressures of having one good meal and then working through food poisoning the very next meal.”

    I don’t know. The Broadcaster to QB Coach career path just doesn’t work for me.

    1. Both your handle and your comments imply there is a lot you don’t know. Give the kid a chance, we’ve seen NOTHING from him.

  3. from Wikipedia: Brian Griese football
    College: In 1997, Griese remained the starter. Along with Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, he led the Wolverines to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship. Griese was selected as the MVP of the 1998 Rose Bowl, passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns in Michigan’s win over Washington State. In his Michigan career, Griese had a 17–5 record as a starter. The Wolverines won all three games against Ohio State in which he quarterbacked. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 30, 2012.

    In the NFL Griese sat behind Elway for two years; two years later was in the Pro Bowl. He consistently completed a high percentage of his passes. He has had four seasons with a better than 64% completion rate, including one year (2004) when he completed 69.3% of his passes. Nevertheless, he was unable to establish himself as one of the elite quarterbacks of the league, due to injuries and a penchant for interceptions.
    NFL careet games played 93 – completion 62.7% – avg 6.95 – TD 119 – Int 99

    So what have been our concerns about Lance?
    That he have an experienced QB as an advisor (not Jimmy). Does the QB have to be active? I think not.
    That Lance be more accurate? Griese was that
    That Lance not turn the ball over? Griese suffered that, hopefully steers Lance away
    That Lance not get injured? Griese suffered that, hopefully steers Lance away
    Those last 2 things doomed Griese from a potential HoF career, and they are the most important things for Lance to learn. Griese was a very accurate passer, apart from mechanics he will improve Lance

    1. Gee WB, you list very good reasons for why Lance should not start and why Griese might be a waste of time and money.
      Basically we are training someone to become a personal QB-coach
      -We hope that both of them will learn from that.
      We’re hoping that he can teach Lance to be more accurate.
      -Throwing accuracy is not a skill that can be taught, you have it or you don’t
      We’re hoping that he can teach Lance to not throw many INT
      – that is a skill best taught by someone who tells you: Do as I say not as I do….
      We’re hoping that he can teach Lance to not get injured.
      – Football is a 100% guaranteed injury sport, for running QB’s it’s always open season.
      I think we have a winner!

      1. Just because he can run doesn’t mean he is a “running quarterback”. Is Russell Wilson a “Running Q.B.”
        or does he use excellent pocket presence and running skills to extend plays, and take off when there is a
        lot of green in front of him? Maybe Griese is here to make him into a passer first, and a runner second.
        Lay off the cast in stone opinions until you get some evidence. Sometimes the less naturally gifted players
        (Harbaugh, Griese) become the best coaches BECAUSE they excelled through study, practice and mental reps
        as opposed to the guys that roll out of bed and are all pros.

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