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.”