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Although the 49ers have named Trey Lance as the team’s starter in a central role this season, not everyone is on board.
One of those people is Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who thinks it would be “absolutely crazy” for San Francisco to let Garoppolo go in favor of Lance.
“My personal opinion, I’d go with Garoppolo,” Favre told The 33rd Team in an interview shared Monday. “He’s not that flashy — not that flashy. He wasn’t their first round pick and no offense to Trey Lance, but what Jimmy did is win. And win, win, win.
“Again, it’s not flashy, so it’s not the glamorous choice, but my God, the guy’s won and put them in a position to go to or compete for the Super Bowl every year and he deserves that right to keep playing.”
When the 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the New England Patriots in an October 2017 trade, he posted a 31-14 record as a starter over the next four years. But the 49ers have no Vince Lombardi trophy to show for their efforts.
San Francisco lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in the culmination of the 2019 season, and after a disappointing, injury-riddled 2020 campaign from Garoppolo, the 49ers opted to trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft and select Lance third total.
Even when Garoppolo and the 49ers went all the way to the NFC Championship Game as a wild-card team last season, there was division among fans as to who should start — Garoppolo or Lance. They ended up missing another Super Bowl opportunity by falling to the Los Angeles Rams, and now the 49ers have been trying to trade Garoppolo since the end of the season.
Coach Kyle Shanahan has made it clear that the team is Lance’s to lead now — and Favre believes things could still work out in San Francisco’s favor if all goes well.
“But I think their defense is pretty good, barring injury,” Favre told The 33rd Team. Offensively, if Trey plays the way they’re hoping and he’s capable, then they’re going to be right there at the end.”
Lance offers traits that Garoppolo could not in terms of mobility and arm strength, both of which have already been on display during his limited preseason action and even in games he played last year.
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However, Favre thinks Garoppolo should be the guy. The Green Bay Packers legend has his own past experience to compare to the 49ers quarterback situation, of course, as his own team drafted a first-round quarterback even though he still wanted to play.
Favre, a three-time NFL MVP, was eventually replaced by Aaron Rodgers, who has won four MVPs of his own. And while the situations are clearly different, Favre believes Garoppolo’s record as a starter should earn him the starting spot.
“There’s a huge upside with Trey, there’s no question about that,” Favre said. “But Jimmy G was a proven winner… A lot of times, that’s overlooked: Is he a male winner? And Garoppolo is definitely a winner.”
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