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Steve Young on Trey Lance starting immediately: ‘He needs to be on that field’



© Kyle Terada | 2020 Jan 19

A someone who was part of a QB controversy for a number of years with Joe Montana, Steve Young has a unique perspective on the Trey Lance-Jimmy Garoppolo situation. He also has a very strong opinion. Trey Lance should be the 49ers’ starting quarterback right now.

“It’s so much easier than it ever was for these young college players coming into the pros, get them on the field, more than ever,” Young said on Monday Night Countdown. “If it’s even a close call at all, go with these dynamic young players, they can get you all those yards, and they’ll grow into the job.

“You have a Super Bowl ready team with Trey Lance. Five times in history teams have given up three first-round draft choices ever. How could you speak more loudly that you don’t want Jimmy Garoppolo than to do that.”

Young doesn’t believe this is just a situation of Lance being the better player right now. Even if Garoppolo plays well, Young sees that being an issue.

“Trey Lance is here. Barring something unforeseen, he needs to be on that field. Jimmy has the locker room. If Jimmy has a great start to the season, it just gets more complicated and more difficult, because you have this guy you just told everyone ‘We don’t want you, we’ve got this guy.’ You couldn’t speak anymore loudly.

“No question that reason would say you’ve been to the Super Bowl, (have Jimmy) keep playing, and take us there again. But the braintrust has said something completely different.”