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49ers great Steve Young calls out Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance

SANTA CLARA — Steve Young captured his own feelings as he neared the end of a fascinating 20-minute phone interview on the 49ers’ quarterback dynamics.

“I crossed my fingers. This is great. This is hairy.”

Young is 30 years away from the NFL’s gold standard in the quarterback controversy. It dates back to when he played against Joe Montana amidst the 49ers’ Super Bowl winning dynasty and ultimately succeeded.

He sees “certainly of course” parallels from his Joe vs. Steve days to last week’s evolution of Trey and Jimmy.

Young, shocked that Jimmy Garoppolo couldn’t find a starting job elsewhere, says the 49ers now own the “perfect scenario” to welcome Garoppolo. a full season as the starting quarterback for .

“If Jimmy is the problem, it speaks to his ability to do the job,” Young said in an exclusive interview with the news outlet. I’ll say “Hallelujah” because if that’s the case, we’re in trouble.

Young, an ESPN analyst who lives in Palo Alto, hasn’t asked Lance for advice on Garoppolo’s sudden return to the 49ers’ quarterback room. But Young said Lance knew he was an absolutely willing leader, as he said on Thursday that he also sees Garoppolo as a resource.

Here are the topics Young enthusiastically covered on Friday afternoon:

Jimmy Garoppolo’s “Referendum”

Garoppolo extended his tenure with the 49ers by taking a pay cut on Monday and agreeing to return as Lance’s backup, but months of speculation and discussions with other teams amidst the wild market. It was later. Garoppolo chose not to ask for his release and he will be a free agent next year for the first time in nine seasons.

Young: “Given his record and how insane the market for quarterbacks is, I have to believe what Jimmy thinks. ‘Is the only market I can find as a backup? That’s not the news I wanted to hear in the offseason.

“I take Kyle[Shanahan]at his word, he loves Jimmy as a backup. The NFL has two jobs as a quarterback: handling and delivering, both of which are necessary elements, and he can do it.

“Something’s wrong. He just voted him the referendum. Something doesn’t resonate perceptually or really. Take the opportunity to change, it’s not good for now.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Trey Lance (5) practice together on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, CA (Karl Mondon/Bay Area). News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Trey Lance (5) practice together on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, CA (Karl Mondon/Bay Area). News Group)

“If I were him, I can’t just keep playing the same music and think I’m starting a job somewhere else. people, memorization, data possession, processing, etc. Whatever is preventing him from getting his first job, he needs to change.

“From a backup role, he can do it by showing diligence.” I remember.” “Jimmy is really different,” says the coach.

“If I were Jimmy, I would have just been punched in the face. If you’re a novice quarterback, you’ve found a job, so something has to be done to change the narrative, someone might get hurt and there’s a[market]there. ”

Hey Trey, “work is work”

Lance will take over as a playoff contender and take on the starting role as Garoppolo has gone 35-16 since December 2017 to a 4-2 record in the playoffs.

Young: “The job Trey is being asked to do on a Super Bowl-ready team, he hasn’t played much, even in college, and the job they’re asking him to do is pretty great. I expect to do that, it’s really, really hard work, all the hurdles he has to cross and all the filters he has to go through, we’ll be witnesses to it all .

“The difficulty doesn’t change with or without Jimmy. The only thing that changes it is if Trey allows it. You will be criticized as soon as possible, it doesn’t matter.

“That’s what I tell Trey: It doesn’t matter. Work is work. You have to do it. If you don’t do it, you have to pay the price.”

“In a way, having Jimmy there allows me to put my foot on the productive fire. and can be considered positive.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Trey Lance (5) practice together on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, CA (Karl Mondon/Bay Area). News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Trey Lance (5) practice together on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, CA (Karl Mondon/Bay Area). News Group)

understand the job

After spending most of his first four seasons with the 49ers behind Montana, Young appeared in 10 games in 1991, earned NFL MVP honors the following season, and made the 49ers fifth Lombardy in 1994. Repeated as MVP on the way to the trophy win.

Young: “Despite the rigors, I never questioned what I needed to do. but that is wrong.

“Trey can’t do enough. If he takes his team to the Super Bowl and loses, well, well.

“If Jimmy has a problem, it speaks to his ability to do the job. He (Lance) doesn’t seem like it bothers him. I want to say Hallelujah. I I haven’t met anyone or been like, ‘Oh shit, how am I supposed to handle this in the locker room? The truth is, Trey’s job in the locker room isn’t all that different. With or without Jimmy…

“It doesn’t matter who is sitting there to get the job done. Jimmy is not going to defend you. All he can do is mentor and help. There is emotion, there is noise, there is media, and that is work.” If you are in the way of…

“This job is kind of like climbing Everest. No, it doesn’t matter.’

“Jimmy is not a toxic personality so it helps. If Trey needs help, you can ask him.

“Trey has to make sure he’s in the perfect situation. He has mentors around him, an incredibly innovative offense, and a Super Bowl-ready team.” obtain. ‘

“I have one question for Trey: Do you want to see how good you can be? There is none.”

Steve Young (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Steve Young (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Joe vs Steve Parallel

Young and Montana coexisted with the 49ers from 1987 to 1992 and were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Garoppolo-Lance dynamics apparently does not yet provide such good credentials. But Young knows what they want.

Young: “When Joe got hurt, he was on the sidelines. When you made a mistake, everybody turned around and said, ‘Well, Joe wouldn’t do that.’ It drives you crazy.” May be, or it’s very important to see the truth, because this is an incredible opportunity, mind all the noise, locker room whispers, media issues, boos you started. Don’t be taken away… After a few picks, it starts slow and everyone wonders, “Will you play with Jimmy?” Let’s play Jimmy.

“There’s a level of performance you need. You have to have the discipline not to see it.

Most laymen would look at the situation and say, “Oh! Problem! Problem! I don’t want that guy spying on me and talking behind my back.” , if you really step back, it’s an incredible opportunity.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks to the media after practice on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 1: San Francisco 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks to the media after practice Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Garoppolo trade options

Garoppolo’s amended contract includes a no-trade clause, giving the 49ers the power to keep him on a $6.5 million base salary should an attractive opportunity arise.

Young: “The 49ers now have you exactly where they want as a backup. They love it as part of their push to the Super Bowl. Getting him off would require a very big offer before the trade deadline.

“At the end of the day, we all knew Jimmy had the right to be asked to cut. You knew Jimmy was in control of his destiny. It didn’t happen.Now the 49ers have a perfect scenario: they have Jimmy as a backup and it’s going to take them a lot of time to trade him.”

“What are we asking (Lance) to do? We are asking to bring an NFL franchise to the Super Bowl with a Super Bowl-ready roster and a Super Bowl-ready coaching staff. You ask that of a 35 year old and it’s a heady job description. It’s so hard that few people can do this job.

“The idea that you might fail at this job is a given. By definition, it is very rare. If you think that a difficult task would be somehow easier if Jimmy was somewhere else, you don’t understand the task.

“Harder now? Harder? It’s already deadly work.”

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterback Trey Lance adjusts his cap while speaking to the media after practice on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, CA (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 1: San Francisco 49er quarterback Trey Lance adjusts his cap while speaking to the media after practice on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Santa Clara, CA. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

About Advising Lance

Young crossed paths with Lance during the offseason at the 49ers’ facility and will always want to serve as a mentor. But not in a proactive way.

Young: “I’m careful not to contact[him]. I reached out in the summer and plan to reach out by the beginning of this year. Finally, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, Steve’s going to make this better.’ is…

“He knows he’s willing to accept the resources I offer him, and he knows to put his hat on and ask. There’s no need for me to actively try to tease him.”

“If Trey asks a question, Jimmy won’t turn his back on it. Trey has the resources.

“I hope Trey goes to Jimmy. I hope he comes to me and I hope he goes to John and Kyle. I would like to help you do that.”

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