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49ers Legend Shares How To Deal With Trey Lance

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Kyle Shanahan has been under fire since the San Francisco 49ers’ home win on Sunday, September 18th.

Many are criticizing the six-season NFL head coach for “misconduct” at quarterback Trey Lance, who left the 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks with a broken ankle that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area was one who used the “M” word to smack Shanahan for using Lance as a “defender”.

Shanahan spent the early part of the week of September 19 defending his decision to use Lance’s legs — using Buffalo Bills franchise quarterback Josh Allen as an example of what he was trying to spark with Lance behind center.

But on Thursday, September 22, Shanahan received a strong backer in the form of a 49ers icon.

Steve Young defended Shanahan during his appearance on KNBR 680’s Tolbert and Copes Show.

“Look, it’s football,” Young began to say. “And running quarterbacks out of the huddle is dangerous.”

Young pointed to a key game last season where Shanahan played with specially designed running games – none of which were designed for Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Remember last year when Trey played the Cardinals, I think he did [Shanahan] drove him out of the huddle 13 times,” Young recalled. “I mean, we all kind of [thought]’Really, are we doing this?’”

Coming back to that competition, that was Lance’s first-ever NFL start. And while the then-rookie threw for 192 passing yards, he ran the football 16 times and became the leading rusher with 89 yards in that afternoon’s 17-10 loss in Glendale, Arizona.

Young knows a thing or two about running with football. After all, the Super Bowl 29 Most Valuable Player has rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 rushing touchdowns in his Hall of Fame career, according to Pro Football Reference.

There are fans who believed Shanahan would keep certain elements of the 49er offense for Garoppolo, where Lance would settle for short passes to get him into a groove rather than using his legs early.

However, Young never believed in this offensive philosophy that Garoppolo benefits from.

“Run him [Lance]…would be in the cards,” Young continued. “And that’s why I worry that Trey — there are people who can run because they understand how to get down and get out of trouble, and there are people who don’t.”

“We thought he was that guy,” Young continued. “And I think they believed Trey could do that. A quarterback run for Trey Lance? That’s part of the deal, isn’t it?”

Now many are wondering that once Lance returns to the gridiron in 2023, the 49ers will opt out of naming scheduled runs for Lance. Young asks if the 49ers even consider stepping out of that thinking.

“My point maybe is to move forward when Trey gets back on the field now we realize maybe it’s not what he really enjoys doing because we’re figuring that out. But isn’t part of the deal we made with Trey that we thought he was a guy who could do that?” Jung concluded.

“My point maybe is to move forward when Trey gets back on the field now we realize maybe it’s not what he really enjoys doing because we’re figuring that out. But isn’t part of the deal we made with Trey that we thought he was a guy who could do that?” Jung concluded.

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