The 49ers held their first practice in front of the media with Jimmy Garoppolo in attendance on Thursday. Afterwards, Trey Lance stood at the podium and was peppered with question after question about what it was like to have the former starting quarterback on the practice again.
To his credit, Lance answered everything that came his way like a true professional. He talked about being “super excited” to have Garoppolo back and how he is like a “big brother” to Lance.
The best thing Lance said during the nearly eight-minute session came when he was asked if the presence of Garoppolo puts more pressure on him.
“No. For me, I’m worried about what the guys in the locker room think. What I think. What the coaches think. What the guys in this organization think” replied Lance. “Outside of that, I know there’s ‘Jimmy and Trey’ there’s all that, but this is going to be a collaborative group and I know Jimmy’s going to have my back through it all.”
With that response, Lance shows he gets it and is mature beyond his years. It also sounded like something a former 49ers quarterback recently said about the situation.
Prior to the start of training camp in late July, 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young joined Damon Bruce and Larry Krueger on 95.7 The Game.
Young knows a thing or two about what it’s like to have a well-liked quarterback watching from the sidelines.
During the interview, Young was asked if having Garoppolo on the roster would be too much to ask Lance to deal with.
“Let me ask you this question. What’s different if he’s not there?” responded Young.
“It’s a Super Bowl team. People think that and believe that. And the quarterback who everyone’s focused on and staring at day in and day out is struggling. Yes, it is more complex with Jimmy standing there. But what I would tell Trey is that situation is not necessarily harder than the fact that you’re struggling. The whole team is staring at you; the whole town is staring at you. You’re not doing the job. And you’ve got to start doing the job.”
Young spent time this offseason talking with Lance, and it sounds like the upstart quarterback took those discussions to heart.