SANTA CLARA CA — As he prepares to play in his second NFL season but, most likely, his first as a head coach,starter, is aware that questions have been raised about the team's situation regarding its quarterback. Questions about The roster still has Lance, who started two games in his rookie season.
The Niners were unable trade Garoppolo because of his shoulder surgery, which was less than a month away from him being cleared to throw. Coach Kyle Shanahan stated that “nothing has changed” since Garoppolo had surgery, and that the quarterback is “most likely” to be traded at some point. Lance has been delayed in his official ascension into the starting job.
Lance was the team's starting quarterback in organized team activities. He is currently ignoring the above questions and approaching every task with his job title in view.
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Lance smiled and said that while it does not change my feelings about you guys, in the most respectful manner possible, it doesn’t change how I feel regarding you as people. However, it isn't my job to care about what you guys have to say or who else you connect with on social media. “I care about the thoughts and opinions of my coaches and the guys in our locker room.”
Bay Area media spoke with me last week for first time since the Niners' defeat to theLance was more relaxed and openly embraced by the media at the NFC Championship Game than he was during his rookie season, when he was not often available for media interviews.
Lance spoke out for the first time about the chipped bone in his right index fingers that he sustained during last year's preseason finale..
Lance claimed he could manage the finger well enough for the season, but the finger was still bent after the fracture healed. It took about a month for it to straighten. Even though Lance began during Week 5, it didn't fully straighten again until about a month after the season.And a Week 17 victory against the He was not at his best. Lance attempted 71 pass attempts in his rookie year, and completed 57.7%. This resulted in 603 yards with five touchdowns (and two interceptions) for a QBR 33.4.
Lance stated, “The finger was for me the most important thing as far as throwing a ball.” I had to learn how the ball was thrown differently without my pointer finger. It was just where it was all year. But I now feel really healthy, and I feel very good throwing the ball.
Lance spent his first NFL offseason getting ready for the next season, seemingly with the injury behind him. His comfort with Shanahan's system is evident to his teammates and coaches. The coach has been able to assess Lance and have a better understanding of Shanahan’s offense.
Shanahan stated, “You put them in every situation and almost all quarterbacks at this level are capable of doing anything.” You find out how consistent they can be. There will be strengths and weaknesses just like any other quarterback I have coached. It's not easy to understand it when you have to put them through that. It's something you try to understand.”
Lance accepted the expanded leadership role as part of his promotion. Lance reached out after the NFL draft to all nine rookies, congratulating and welcoming them to his team. He's been seen atPlayoff games with your teammates, and checking in on your team's progress at the rookie minicamp. Lance talks more in meeting rooms and asks questions, according to close end. .
These are small, everyday things Lance would do even if they weren’t.
“I definitely think he’s taking ownership,” Kittle said. “You can tell that… I think he’s trying to better himself every single day. He’s got his personality showing a little bit and he’s going to be out there slinging the rock around, so the more practices, the more he’ll get comfortable being the No. 1 guy in the huddle and I think he’ll just get better from that.”