A 49er thinks his starting quarterback is a “toss-up” in Week 1.
Star tight George Kittle caused some intrigue when he made the statement a few months before training camp, as Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance are expected to fight for the job.
“That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?” Kittle said of the quarterback situation, according to Pro Football Talk, “It’s one of the reasons I’m glad I’m not the head coach of the 49ers. That’s all on Coach [Kyle] Shanahan. I’ll give you both options. Jimmy G, great in the group, great leader, leads the boys. People stand at attention when he speaks. He has quick clearance, he knows the offense. Like I said, he’s been to two NFC Championship games and knows what he’s doing. Trey Lance can run, extend plays, does all the play action stuff amazing, could throw the ball 70 yards.
“I don’t know. It’s a shot for me.”
Garoppolo has been the subject of trade rumors for some time but remains on the roster after guiding San Francisco into the playoffs a year ago following offseason shoulder surgery. Lance, the team’s first-round pick a year ago (third overall), is waiting for his chance.
“I mean, we kind of got used to it by now,” Kittle said. “I mean, Jimmy G has been under surveillance since the 2018 season when he tore his cruciate ligament. The whole season was like, ‘Oh, is Jimmy G the guy?’ Then he comes back, takes us to a Super Bowl, then we lose, and then the next offseason it’s like, ‘Oh, is Jimmy G that guy?’ We had another injury in 2020. It’s been a tough year for the Niners and then we came back and went to another NFC Championship game.
“We went through that. It is what it is. I don’t think it’s really a big distraction. I mean, I can’t tell if I’m in the building. I see the guys show up every day, run distances, we lift weights, go to meetings, and it’s not even really a topic of conversation.
“We’re all here to get better, and whether that’s Jimmy G, whether it’s Trey Lance, whether it’s Nate Sudfeld or our Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy. I hope whoever throws this stone will throw it at me more than anyone else.”
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