Kyle Shanahan Fires Back After Jimmy Garoppolo Comments About Trey Lance Trade

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The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the most successful franchises in the NFL over the last decade.

But that hasn’t translated to a Super Bowl victory and has resulted in a significant amount of turnover, especially at the quarterback position.

The latest example of this involved the Niners shipping former No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft to the Dallas Cowboys.

San Francisco gave up a small fortune to move up and draft Lance in the 2021 draft. But just two years later he found himself buried on the depth chart behind Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold.

And so the 49ers shipped him out, receiving only a fourth-round pick in return.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who like Lance was a member of a the 49ers last season, was unimpressed by the move.

“Weird situation. Been a lot of weird situations over there in San Francisco, I’ll just leave it at that, but I’m happy Trey got another shot,” he told SI Now’s Robin Lundberg.

“How do you think San Francisco has handled those quarterback situations?” Lundberg then asked Garoppolo.

Jimmy G replied to the question with a question of his own.

“How do you think they’ve handled them?” he said with a big chuckle.

“I think it’s been messy, I’ll put it that way,” Lundberg responded.

“Yeah, that’s a nice way to put it,” Garoppolo replied back.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Garoppolo’s comments on Wednesday, showing the former 49ers QB the same amount of attention he did when he was in the Bay Area.

“We waited 10 weeks. Made a trade for a quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo). He played five games and then we made him the highest-paid quarterback of all time, at the time,” Shanahan said. “Then he played two of the next five years and did really good in those two years. His injuries for three of those five years were legit. It was rough on him, rough on us. Then we made a move to go to a younger quarterback (Trey Lance). We thought he would be ready in two years and he wasn’t. And now we have a different younger quarterback. So, that’s the situation.”

Yeah, hard to argue with that.

It’s clear Garoppolo still has some hard feelings. But he can’t blame anyone but himself.