Jimmy Garoppolo to replace 49ers QB Trey Lance by Week 7, Peter King predicts – NBC Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo to replace 49ers QB Trey Lance by Week 7, Peter King predicts - NBC Sports

Trey Lance is the starting quarterback of the 49ers, and Jimmy Garoppolo is his backup.

That’s a fact, but NBC Sports’ Peter King thinks it might not last long.

In his weekly “Football Morning in America” ​​column, King on Sunday predicted that Garoppolo would take over for Lance under center in Week 7 of the 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I don’t think I want to be negative Nate here,” King wrote. “I really don’t mind the San Francisco deal to bring back Jimmy Garoppolo.”

Garoppolo agreed to take a pay cut and sit behind Lance on the 49ers’ QB depth chart after the team was unable to trade him, creating an interesting dynamic with two talented signal-callers on the roster. The couple in question, however, stated how excited they are get back in team meetings and practice together.

Lance has yet to prove himself in the NFL as he approaches his first season as a starter and second in the league. However, his intellect, arm strength, and overall athleticism have the 49ers Faithful eager to see what he can accomplish.

Garoppolo, on the other hand, has seen plenty of success during his time as San Francisco’s QB1, leading the 49ers to two NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance in just the last three seasons.

But the writing was on the wall the moment the team drafted Lance No. 3 overall in 2021, and coach Kyle Shanahan officially named the 22-year-old the starter this summer. While there will certainly be a learning curve, King doesn’t think the 49ers or Lance’s teammates will have more than six weeks of patience.

“But in the midst of all the kumbaya coming out of the Oh-it’s-great-we-re-signed-Jimmy love fest, I wonder one thing: This is a veteran team that battled Jimmy Garoppolo at the end of last season and saw him beat the Rams in [Week] 18, then watch him be the QB in winning playoff games at Dallas and Green Bay.

“How are George Kittle and Fred Warner and Arik Armstead and Deebo Samuel, all good teams, going to react privately if Trey Lance struggles the first month of the season? Is the Niners leadership council going to go to Kyle Shanahan and say, ‘Come on. We’ve got to win these games?’ “

Kittle, Warner, Armstead, and Samuel all sang Lance’s praises during the offseason, along with countless other members of the 49ers’ roster, administration and coaching staff. They all know for sure that a first-year starter will encounter some problems along the way throughout the year.

Kittle even vowed to “‘jump'” Lance through some in-season turbulence.

But King poses the question: “What if?”

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And in football, anything is possible. If any potential issues for Lance persist throughout the season, the 49ers have a Super Bowl caliber roster poised to win the franchise’s sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, and claiming Garoppolo isn’t completely out of the question.

But Lance proved able to block out any outside noise during his short time in the league.

His first real chance to silence any doubters will come in less than a week when the 49ers open the regular season against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sept. 11 with Lance starting under center.

Those watching can be sure he’ll be out to prove he belongs there.

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