LISTEN: Can The 49ers Avoid The Super Bowl Hangover? →
placeholder image

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

McDaniel: 49ers playbook doesn’t change between Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance

Oct 7, 2021 at 5:14 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
There may be a misconception that a section of the San Francisco 49ers playbook is labeled "Trey Lance-only plays." That there are play designs only for the team's athletic rookie quarterback.

The reality is that the offense does not change when Lance comes in for starter Jimmy Garoppolo. It's the same plays, and both quarterbacks can execute them. However, there is no doubt that Lance brings a unique challenge for opposing defenses thanks to his different skill set.

If a play breaks down, Lance has more options than Garoppolo. No, Garoppolo isn't a statue. He has been known to pick up a first down or two with his legs. But Lance is a different kind of athlete. So, while there isn't a "Garoppolo plays" section that is thrown out the window when Lance jumps into the game, the rookie's abilities can certainly change things.

Today, offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel spoke with reporters after practice. With Garoppolo ailing and Lance potentially on track for his first NFL start, the coach was asked if more Lance-specific plays were installed into this week's game plan. There was some fan concern surrounding the preparation for this weekend's NFC West showdown with the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. How can you create a game plan when you don't know which of your two very different quarterbacks will play?

It was a perfect opportunity to dispel the misconception.

"That's what you try to do in the offseason, is build an offensive system that flourishes everyone," McDaniel explained. "Then you have specific things that are tailored to people's skillsets. But for instance, Trey Lance's touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel, that was a play that Jimmy repped all week. So, there's a lot of overlap and all that stuff.

"... And you guys have seen some plays, defenses, and the way the game flows dictates how many we've run. But we have a lot of stuff up every week that hasn't been run. So it hasn't been that different, which is why when Jimmy Garoppolo goes out, and Trey Lance goes in, the rest of our players, whether the plays work or not, the rest of our players are decisive, and you can tell it's cohesive. It's because it is one system, so it's not too crazy abnormal."

If all of that work took place in the offseason, how much of a challenge was it designing a playbook that two very different quarterbacks could use?

"The toughest part was in the offseason, trying to make sure that our system highlighted both players, but also allowed the rest of our players to know what to do," McDaniel said. "You can't put in too much offense or two different offenses. Otherwise, you wouldn't be good at anything, and your players would be spread thin. So that was the toughest part systematically.

"We've gotten used to it where now we go into a game, and we have certain plays for Trey every week, but Trey is trying to master the art of quarterback. So, he's working at every single play that you see Jimmy run on Sundays. Those are plays that he's running in his mind and working with [quarterbacks coach] Rich Scangarello every day between periods and after practice. So, it's really not as challenging. It was challenging, but not nearly as much as it was in the offseason."

It has been an up-and-down season for rookie quarterbacks across the NFL so far. Development-wise, how does Lance compare to some of the others from his draft class?

"I feel like he's in the boat with a lot of rookies in terms of you're looking at him, and you're like, 'This isn't the end result,'" McDaniel shared. "I think every day he shows us that he's wise beyond his years, much more mature than I was at his age. I can tell you that much. Very, very smart.

"As far as expectations, we expected him to be a rookie who threw 300 and some odd passes in college. But you know what, in an NFL football game this season, he's had more two-minute reps than he's had his entire college career. ... Just knowing that on the front end, you know there's going to be a lot of things to grow on. And he knows that as well, which is why when bad things happen, he doesn't blink.

"He had an incompletion on a four-yard throw and then throws a 76-yard touchdown pass. You know that there's going to be some hiccups along the road. You accept that. But you just try to do the best you can and continue to improve. That's the biggest thing. You just don't want to regress. You want to find a thing, improve on it, fix it, go to the next thing. And he's hungry enough to keep doing that, which is why we're pumped to have him."

Related News

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Why John Lynch doesn't expect 49ers' continued DC search to impact draft evaluations

By David Bonilla
16 hrs

Many anticipated that the San Francisco 49ers would have a new defensive coordinator in place this week as the team delves into studying draft prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. That didn't happen, and head coach Kyle Shanahan continues to seek a replacement for Steve Wilks, who was dismissed after the 49ers' Super Bowl 58 defeat. Shanahan recently confirmed two interviews—one with former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley and the other with 49ers defensive passing game specialist Nick Sorensen. Additional interviews are scheduled for this week. The continued search means that

placeholder image

NFL insider: Raiders became frustrated with Garoppolo for the same reason as 49ers

By David Bonilla
Feb 19

NFL insider Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated isn't sure what's next for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The one-time face of the San Francisco 49ers franchise signed a three-year, $67.5 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders last offseason. Less than a year later, it appears his tenure with the Raiders has ended. Garoppolo has been suspended for two games due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, and reports suggest that the Raiders are poised to part ways with the 32-year-old. Garoppolo saw action in just seven games this past season. Breer reports that the Raiders became frustrated with the veteran quarterback for similar reasons as

placeholder image

Packers add 49ers' Aaron Hill as strength and conditioning coach

By Site Staff
Feb 20

Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reported that the Green Bay Packers hired Aaron Hill as the team's strength and conditioning coach. Hill brings four years of experience as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with the 49ers, where he worked under Dustin Perry, the team's head strength and conditioning coach. Hill worked under 49ers strength and conditioning coach Dustin Perry. The Packers are hiring 49ers assistant strength coach Aaron Hill as their new head of strength and conditioning, per source.— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman)

placeholder image

Bayless on 49ers: I don't believe in Kyle Shanahan or Brock Purdy

By David Bonilla
Feb 18

The San Francisco 49ers' collapse in Super Bowl 58 has fueled skepticism from one controversial media personality, indicating a lack of trust in two key figures of the franchise. Skip Bayless is among those doubting quarterback Brock Purdy's capabilities, which isn't new information. Additionally, he questions head coach Kyle Shanahan's effectiveness. Bayless says he was confident that the Kansas City Chiefs would beat the 49ers because of superior coaching by Andy Reid and exceptional talent in quarterback Patrick Mahomes. With Steve Spagnuolo leading the Chiefs' defense, Bayless believes the result was inevitable. "I'm sorry. More than ever, I don't believe in Kyle Shanahan, and I don't believe in Brock Purdy," Bayless said on his FOX Sports podcast. "And I


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone