Kyle Shanahan lost his composure on Friday.
During his end of week press conference with Bay Area media, a reporter had the audacity to ask the head coach a question about the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo.
“As this has been explained to you, since he (Jimmy Garoppolo) has a torn ligament in his thumb, does time give him better range of motion and less pain? Do you know in what ways Jimmy can improve and be able to throw given rest,” the reporter asked?
Shanahan was clearly agitated with the question and gave a curt reply.
“Yeah. I’m getting really close to never talking about injuries again. Very close, but I’ve told you guys everything I know. I’ll try to say it the same way again. The ligaments torn. The more you can heal, the better it has a chance to re-latch. The quicker you go back, the more it doesn’t re-latch, That’s the word I understand. That’s about all I know. I’m sure you’ll get one more though.”
Of the ten questions asked on Friday, this was the first which tried to seek the thought process of the team with regards to the injury and a very fair question.
Shanahan may be frustrated. Tough. He has brought these questions upon himself by leaving the door open for Jimmy Garoppolo to play on Sunday.
His response begs a follow up question, “Kyle, do you believe Jimmy Garoppolo gives your team a better chance of winning than Trey Lance even though he hasn’t been able to practice all week?”
That’s the sense Shanahan and the 49ers are giving off with their handling of the situation, and the idea that this could somehow be true should set off sirens like a five-alarm fire.
Consider this, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch used three first round picks to draft Trey Lance. Since then, Shanahan and his coaching staff have been working with Lance throughout the offseason and through the first sixteen weeks of the regular season to develop his skills and get him ready to play. This week Lance has taken all the first team reps in practice.
All of this and San Francisco is still holding out hope that Jimmy Garoppolo will play?