Within the aftermath of Trey Lance’s season-ending ankle injury, opinions are flying on whether 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan did the best thing by having the quarterback run the ball in the primary quarter.
After all, hindsight is 20/20, and NFL Twitter was quick to dig up old receipts of Shanahan’s previous thoughts about running Lance.
Despite injuries at RB, Kyle Shanahan doesnât view rookie QB Trey Lance as solution to create rushing yards. âHeâs not Lamar Jackson,ââ he told me. âTrey is a quarterback who has the flexibility to run. But to only line him up and run him, I mean, the gameâs too physical.â
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 26, 2021
The quote definitely is in stark contrast to how Lance was utilized in Weeks 1 and a pair of up until his injury.
Since confirming Lance broke his ankle and can miss the remaining of the 2022 NFL season, Shanahan has defended his play call that ultimately sidelined the 22-year-old quarterback.
“Any time a man gets hurt, I wish I didn’t call that,” Shanahan forcefully told reporters after the 49ers’ 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. “But no, that is something we were going to do and something we’ll proceed to do.
“It is a football play that we imagine in and something that provides him a likelihood to be real successful on this league.”
In an odd coincidence, the 49ers’ odds of winning Super Bowl LVII actually increased once it was clear Jimmy Garoppolo could be the undisputed starter for the foreseeable future.
Moreover, various anonymous 49ers players claim that the team is now higher with Garoppolo under center than Lance.
RELATED: Lance undergoes surgery, will make full recovery for 2023
While Shanahan’s decision to have Lance run likely will face criticism for the following few days, injuries are an unlucky a part of the sport and really hard to predict.
At any rate, expect Lance to be fully healthy for the beginning of the 2023 season after undergoing successful surgery on Monday.