Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch Have a Little Window for Trey Lance, Says Orlando Scandrick

Since being named head coach for the 49ers in 2017, Kyle Shanahan has taken his team to two conference championship games and an appearance in Super Bowl LIV.

Shanahan, known for being one of the best attacking minds in football, continues to innovate and produce the Top 10 Attackers in the NFL in 2021. His latest venture, Wide-Playing Depo Samuel turned wide-back, has grown into one of the most Weapons are versatile and exciting in the NFL.

But just like any other coach, Shanahan’s success on the job will be determined by performance in the sport’s most important position: quarterback.

Jimmy Garoppolo’s interception with 1:19 remaining in the San Francisco season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game all marked the beginning of a new era for the 49ers. Garoppolo is expected to trade in the off-season, and Shanahan will likely give the reins of his signature offense to Trey Lance, who turns 22 in May.

“They have no choice,” former NFL quarterback Orlando Scandrick told NBC Sports Bay reporter Matt Mayuko in an interview on Radio Raw during Super Bowl week. “They sold the farm to get it.”

Lance, who paid San Francisco dearly for a trade and pick for third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, appeared in six games as a rookie. In his starts—against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans in Week 17—Lance completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 441 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, adding up to an 83.9 passer rating.

Lance looked raw in his debut season, but he clearly showed his potential and his sportsmanship under position. But once he’s designated as the new start signal caller, a clock begins to appear on his window to prove he can pull off a Shanahan attack and could evolve into the franchise quarterback the 49ers chose to be.

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“I think if Trey Lance doesn’t come up with what he thinks it’s supposed to be, I don’t think John Lynch and Shanahan have had their job for more than another two or three years,” Scandrick said. “I think he’s going to get three years. He gets three years. If he doesn’t come up with what he’s supposed to be, I don’t think these guys have their jobs. If he turns into what he’s supposed to be, I think we see the 49ers competing every year.” , Year after year “.

With the 49ers strong defense and quick attacking, Scandrick thinks Lance is entering a great position in San Francisco.

“I expect him to be a good coach,” he said. “I would expect him to get on the running game and take him with him and let him play. You’ll see some more out of the pocket than you see with Jimmy G. I think Jimmy G was like a statue to me. He didn’t have a lot of movement.

“And I feel their defense will naturally improve. They had some injuries in defense earlier this year and I feel they are going to add some pieces to their defense, whether it be in free agency or through enlistment.”

After the conference title came out, this 49ers roster is now ready to win. The tournament window is open. Lance could be the team maker right away and bring San Francisco back to the Super Bowl.

“I think Jimmy J won a lot of games with the San Francisco 49ers, I also think the San Francisco 49ers won despite him, not because of him,” Scandrick said.

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