Steve Young weighs in on Trey Lance and how he’d handle 49ers quarterback situation

Steve Young has weighed in on the 49ers quarterback situation.

During his weekly radio show with KNBR, Young shared his thought on the performance of Trey Lance against Houston and gave his opinion on how the 49ers should proceed at quarterback on Sunday against Los Angeles.

Young on what he saw out of Trey Lance:

“Trey is big and strong and powerful. You can see all the things that people want to see more of. It hit me the other day when I was watching him as he tried to meter throws over linebackers and tried to figure out where people are that he’s thrown 300 passes in college, said Young.

“You think to yourself just how much I learned by playing more and metering things so I could get a sense of what works, what doesn’t, how to put it into that spot.

“In the NFL obviously, it gets faster and more difficult.

“It just hit me that we are going to watch Trey go from essentially, not zero, but two to 10. That whole process of seeing him grow we are going to witness.

“He doesn’t come from a place of playing at Alabama or Clemson for three years and getting all of that stuff worked out. He’s going to do that in front of us.

“I thought that the first half scared me because it just seemed like it was too much.

“Then in the second half he gets settled in and he does a lot of cool stuff, your like ‘Ok we can take that kind of iteration. That’s the kind of process we can all live with.”

Young on if there is any question in his mind who starts on Sunday if Jimmy Garoppolo is good to go:

“The team is invested, the locker room I told you when I said ‘fraught with terror’ the locker room has been Jimmy’s from the beginning, replied Young.

“He’s done nothing to lose that locker room, so when you get into these tighter moments it’s super important that you give honor to what’s been accomplished.

“You can say ‘what about the future?’ Nah, the future is right now and if he’s (Garoppolo) 100% he’s earned that right.

“The locker room has spent the time this season developing all the tough moments, going through all the rigor of 15-16 games around Jimmy and around what he’s done or hasn’t done, the ups and downs. There’s an investment that happens during a season that the locker room goes through.

“Doesn’t mean Trey doesn’t have that, doesn’t have a feel for the group.

“My point is, as you build the connective scar tissue throughout a season, I would sense that what Kyle said is to respect what’s been built together. If he’s healthy he’s earned the right to go back out there and play.

“If you don’t want to, then announce its Trey’s team and the locker room will respond and let’s go do that.

“If they’re both 100% healthy and you’re going to start Trey, fine, but be intellectually honest with the locker room and say, ‘it’s Trey’s team now guys.’

“I just don’t think that’s what Kyle’s going to do.

“I like both. Maybe there’s a place where we can bring both and create a lot of pressure on the Rams. I’d bring both personally.”

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  1. If the 49ers win and the Saints win, this will go down as a HEROIC effort for Jimmy G. That will surely infuriate the Anti Jimmy folks out there.

      1. And if we loose with Jimmy, no matter the level of his performance, we’ll be in for a multi page diatribe from 49reasons.

      2. I think a 12-step program should have instituted early in the season to reconcile the assorted Unreasonables to the fact that Jimmy was going to be the starting QB this season.

  2. Best guess is 49ers go with Jimmy G. Worst case scenario is Jimmy is ineffective so Trey comes in to relieve him. 49ers lose. Saints lose and 49ers make the playoffs. Then what do you do?

    1. That’s a wild scenario! Probably do the same thing as this week and not name a starter. If Trey Lance saved us from a loss by coming in after Jimmy you would think he would start the next game.

      That all sounds good but that scenario with Lance coming in to relieve Jimmy in a deficit I see him scrambling a lot and having a low completion percentage.

  3. Steve: “we are going to watch Trey go from essentially, not zero, but two to 10. ”
    Couldn’t have said any better! and let’s hope he reaches 10 (JG) !

  4. Pretty convoluted response from Young.

    “If they’re both 100% healthy and you’re going to start Trey, fine, but be intellectually honest with the locker room and say, ‘it’s Trey’s team now guys.’ “I just don’t think that’s what Kyle’s going to do. “I like both. Maybe there’s a place where we can bring both and create a lot of pressure on the Rams. I’d bring both personally.”

    1. Ya that’s what happens when ESPN pts your salary right haha? I know this was on TKB but I always find Young’s takes to be main stream I guess.

    2. I love listening to the Steve Young Show on KNBR and have heard most of the episodes ever since it started over a decade ago. I learned a lot about the history of the Walsh-Seifert era and about the challenges of the QB position in the NFL.

      There is Steve Young’s World of NFL HoF, and Steve Young’s World of Niners Fandom and Steve Young’s World of ESPN Talking Head.
      On rare occasions these worlds collide (to quote George Costanza), and the resulting stream of consciousness that flows from his mouth may be somewhat difficult to decipher.

  5. Man, in today’s league and rules, Steve will dominate even more. If he started he’s career right now, he might ended up in the top 5 all time greats conversation by the time he is done. Just look around at these “mobile” QBs, none of them can even come close to Steve’s ball placement with consistency. And a very smart QB too.

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