Jimmy Garoppolo is back with the San Francisco 49ers, but that doesn't mean he'll resume being the team's starting quarterback. Kyle Shanahan is moving on with Trey Lance, the second-year quarterback out of North Dakota State.
The 49ers' original reported plan was to trade Garoppolo during the offseason. However, quarterback-needy teams went in different directions and Garoppolo was unable to find a new home. Instead of cutting him, the 49ers opted to retain him on a new contract.
Now the 49ers hand the reins over to the youngster in Lance all while keeping Garoppolo in the quarterback room. Lance is overjoyed the veteran is sticking around, as he admitted on Thursday.
"I know he's got my back. I've got his back... Our goal is to have the best QB room in the league," said Lance, via David Lombardi.
This speaks volume about the culture within the San Francisco 49ers locker room. There's clearly a strong culture about this team that's been to two NFC Championships in three years.
With Trey Lance now at the helm, the 49ers are expected to experienced higher highs and lower lows compared to what they experienced with Garoppolo under center. As long as those lower lows don't prove too costly, San Francisco should be better equipped to compete with the League's top offenses.
The 49ers begin the 2022 season on Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears. And yes, Garoppolo will still be in the scarlet red and metallic gold.