Inside the 49ers: Garoppolo’s best spring, Lance’s ‘good job’ highlight shortened offseason

Summer break is underway for the 49ers — and QB Watch 2021.

Rave reviews escorted both Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance out of an abruptly shortened offseason program.

Both are healthy. Both look poised for successful futures. Come training camp in July, they’ll be in their same roles — Garoppolo as the ever-motivated starter, Lance as the quick-learning understudy.

Pleased with his roster’s near-perfect attendance the past two months, Kyle Shanahan called off this week’s final two organized team activities, plus next week’s mandatory minicamp, the latter of which he planned to cancel even before Monday’s serious injuries to Tarvarius Moore and Justin Skule.

Shanahan, on a video call with reporters Wednesday, affirmed that Garoppolo “had his best spring since we’ve had him.”

That’s an easy call, considering Garoppolo’s only other full offseason with the 49ers was in 2018. Knee rehabilitation curtailed his 2019 offseason, and 2020 was scuttled by the COVID pandemic. “Jimmy came in in great shape, really locked in, (and) was in a good place physically and mentally,” Shanahan added.

And Lance?

“He did a good job, I mean, just being able to throw everything at him,” Shanahan said. “We got through the whole installation and be able to do that, there’s a process of it. Some days you do good, some days you do bad.”

Offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel said there’s been a “diligent” collaboration to coach up Lance among himself, Shanahan, quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and passing-game specialist Bobby Slowick. Too many voices? Or one harmonious one?

“That’s why it’s so important to have some rapport and be on the same page as an offensive staff, so multiple people can speak to one player and not get the wires crossed,” McDaniel said.

Amid translating offensive verbiage and refining mechanics, McDaniel acknowledged that Lance’s dual-threat ability to pass and run “temps your mind a little bit.” Lance drew special praise for how coachable he is and his willingness to accept constructive criticism.

“Now we have tape to show (Lance), tape to talk to him about,” Shanahan said. “He gets to get away on his own and have an idea of what’s expected out of him when he gets back.”


Nick Bosa showed up this week for the offseason program — only to quickly learn he and his teammates are now on summer break. “He didn’t take part in much because he’s still rehabbing (a knee), but he’s been here all week,” Shanahan said. “He’s been good. But he came for a shorter visit than expected. He thought he was going to come for two weeks but I didn’t let him know until I let the whole team know we weren’t doing minicamp.”

Bosa had spent most of this offseason — with Shanahan’s public blessing — rehabilitating in his native Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after last season’s anterior cruciate ligament tear.


Shanahan was going to try for an eighth OTA practice, only to scuttle that after Monday’s double-whammy injuries to Tarvarius Moore and Justin Skule. Moore ruptured an Achilles changing directions in coverage and Skule tore an anterior …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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