49ers general manager John Lynch had some interesting comments on the team’s quarterback competition on the latest episode of the Adam Schefter podcast. Asked about incumbent starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Lynch had some high praise, describing the Eastern Illinois product’s recent play in practice and training camp as the “best football” he’s played since joining the 49ers.
While Lynch complimented the Niners veteran quarterback, he only praised Garoppolo after asking about Jimmy G’s biggest competition, Trey Lance. In fact, Lynch said the third overall in this year’s NFL draft has “looked tremendous” in the early parts of training camp. Well known for his jovial personality, it’s hard to read much into Lynch’s comments.
The entire 49ers organization has done a fantastic job cloaking their intentions under center throughout the offseason. After acquiring the third overall pick, most prominent media members and league executives expected the Niners to draft Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Many also expected the franchise to move Garoppolo in a trade. But, of course, neither of those things happened.
As speculation continues to pull Garoppolo into trade rumors, there aren’t any real suitors available (no, not even the Colts). Moreover, head coach Kyle Shanahan has insisted that it would take a significant development for Lance to unseat Garoppolo as the starting quarterback by the start of the regular season. Still, neither Lynch nor Shanahan have any incentive to criticize Garoppolo’s play. After all, if Lance does live up to his draft status and become the 49ers franchise quarterback, the front office surely hopes to acquire some draft capital for Garoppolo in a trade.