49ers’ Steve Young blasts Shanahan’s handling of Trey Lance

If there’s any quarterback in San Francisco 49ers historical past who understands that how a participant begins their profession isn’t any certainty for the way they will carry out in the remainder of it, it is Steve Young.

Perhaps that is why the Hall of Famer who spent his first two years as a professional throwing 21 interceptions in opposition to simply 11 touchdowns for a wretched Tampa Bay Buccaneers crew, and the subsequent 4 because the understudy to Joe Montana, appears to have persistence for Niners QB Trey Lance. He as a substitute directed his criticisms at Kyle Shanahan and his sport planning.

In an interview with “Tolbert & Copes” on KNBR this Wednesday, Young levied a number of factors of concern at Shanahan’s handling of Lance, hypothesizing that the teaching workers felt fairly happy with how final week’s conservative offensive sport plan performed out over the primary half. Only when the Chicago Bears roared again to take the lead did the offense open up, by which level the climate circumstances have been a dramatic obstacle. Young questioned if Shanahan’s conservative calls with Lance early on denied him an opportunity to “get right into a groove” earlier.

“It wasn’t like, ‘Here’s your popping out get together,'” Young stated. “No, it was very, very cautious, very reserved. Got to the 10-0 lead. At halftime Kyle most likely thought to himself, ‘Perfection, every thing’s effective, let’s go shut this down.’ And then they obtained jammed up.”

It didn’t seem like the primary time Young felt San Francisco’s play-calling has stifled Lance’s development. In discussing Lance’s growth, the southpaw recognized finest for his environment friendly intermediate passing lobbed a pair downfield photographs on the group’s administration of Lance’s sporadic enjoying alternatives in 2021.

“I do not understand how you felt about Trey’s appearances final 12 months, not solely have been they few and much between, which to me when you have been actually grooming him you could possibly’ve discovered spots for him to make extra appearances,” Young stated. “And then when he did seem, it felt like there have been 15 quarterback runs. Like you by no means obtained the sense that they wished to check the quarterback half of it.”

No doubt the person who’s fifth in league historical past and first in franchise historical past for dashing yards for quarterbacks can respect the worth of mobility in a QB.

Like many Niners followers, Young hopes they will be extra “expansive” with the sport plan going ahead, even with rain within the forecast this Sunday once they host the Seattle Seahawks. If the Niners are a crew with designs on a playoff run this 12 months, as by all accounts they need to be, they want Lance to have the chance to indicate if he can sink or swim. If they observe Young’s recommendation, maybe they will let him begin swimming when the water is calm first subsequent time as a substitute of protecting him indoors for 3 quarters after which dropping him right into a storm.

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