3 reasons why 49ers make the playoffs in 2021
No. 2: Jimmy Garoppolo is back for 49ers, and Trey Lance is here
Some people might be looking at this one in a bit of confusion, wondering why a bridge quarterback and a rookie would be a push towards the playoffs.
Let’s start with Jimmy Garoppolo.
Yes, he has limitations that are now very clear. Head coach Kyle Shanahan is a wizard when it comes to the offense, but he hasn’t been able to help Jimmy G develop further as a passer.
Garoppolo’s peak, however, got San Francisco to a Super Bowl. Or more accurately, he helped drive the team that had a big rushing attack and defense to get it over the line.
The team has a lot of talent at running back and helped plug holes in the offensive line so no concerns there, defense may be a matter of having to wait and see what they can bring to the table.
It should be noted, though, the EDGE duo of Nick Bosa and Dee Ford is raring to get back to the field and could make all the difference.
Then you have Trey Lance. It’s hard to imagine he won’t contribute in some situations even if he doesn’t start right away.
When he starts is another matter. While it was considered a lock that he would need to sit and learn to iron out the kinks so the team could unleash his raw potential, there’s been talk that his development has been so impressive that he could take the reins this season.
Of course that could be preseason hype, but it sure makes the preseason games interesting to say the least.