NFL Rumors: Anonymous 49ers admit Jimmy Garoppolo over Trey Lance strengthens team

The 49ers find themselves in an awkward position.

San Francisco was already all-in on the 2022 NFL season with sophomore quarterback Trey Lance running the show. But with the 22-year-old ruled out for the season with an ankle injury and veteran Jimmy Garoppolo entering as a starter under center, is the team in a better position to win?

A few 49ers teammates would think so.

“Third – and this is the part no one wants to say publicly, but something several players and coaches have stated privately following Sunday’s game – the 49ers are a better team right now with Garoppolo at the quarterback than they were with Lance,” Michael Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote Sunday night.

“As two of those realists told me after the game, ‘I can’t say it, but you can.’ “

These anonymous comments are consistent with recent changes to the 49ers’ odds of winning Super Bowl LVII.

Our partners at PointsBet had the 49ers listed at +2000 to win the Super Bowl ahead of Sunday’s game. But with Garoppolo under center, San Francisco jumped to +1800, meaning a $100 bet would return $1800.

It’s hard to judge Lance’s performance in 2022, considering it only lasted five quarters. In Week 1, Lance battled through a downpour at Soldier Field and finished with 164 yards on 13 of 28 passes in a disappointing loss to the Chicago Bears.

Lance was making just his fourth career start on Sunday in the 49ers’ 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks before suffering the season-ending injury. He completed two passes for 30 yards and rushed three times for 13 yards on the team’s first 16 snaps at Levi’s Stadium.

He started the game guiding San Francisco inside the 5-yard line on the team’s first offensive drive and rolled the team back into the field goal range on the next possession. before leaving the game with the injury.

The 49ers’ ensuing practice featured Garoppolo under center. In four plays, San Francisco quickly ran for 62 yards in the field, capped off by Ross Dwelley’s 38-yard touchdown.

“I think he did a really good job coming off the bench, made some real key throws,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garoppolo after Sunday’s game. “…Mostly it was tough when we lost our running game a bit there In the third [quarter]start fourth because it was a little harder to launch there when the rain started coming.

“But I’m really proud of Jimmy and the way he came in and was ready for the moment and helped us get the win.”

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Are the 49ers in a better position to win with Garoppolo in the short term? Maybe, given Lance’s inexperience.

But San Francisco misses an opportunity to truly experience the ceiling — for better or worse — of the quarterback they drafted to lead the franchise for the next decade.

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