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49ers’ Kyle Shanahan remains coy on QB choice

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49ers’ Kyle Shanahan remains coy on QB choice

  • 49ers
Sep 09
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan still won’t say which quarterback will start on Sunday.

“I’m not going to answer that, because I feel all you guys have to do is look how I’ve talked since July 27 at my press conference,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “I almost wish I wasn’t being hardheaded with it but I feel you guys are being hardheaded by keeping asking. I feel I’ve already answered it.”

Jimmy Garoppolo, on the other hand, said he knew the answer from day one.

“I told you guys a long time ago I had a pretty good feeling about it, kind of joked about it,” Garoppolo said before Wednesday’s practice. “I always knew where I stood. Now it’s official, I guess.”

The 29-year-old saw it as part of the game and made it a motivation to push forward.

“It’s obviously a weird situation in and of itself,” Garoppolo said. “Through all of it, I just tried to stay focused on myself and on getting our team better and putting us in the right position.”

Rookie QB Trey Lance, who was selected third overall by the 49ers, has just returned to practice after injuring his finger.

Shanahan did not blame Lance for his unstable stats so far.

“When you look at a rookie quarterback, I don’t think anything’s been consistent,” said Shanahan. “It’s been up and down, some good, some bad. It’s also exactly what you expect to.”

Garoppolo, who used to play for the New England Patriots, felt he was not competing with Lance but with the opponents.

“Not to me. No. I go in consistently every day with the same attitude,” Garoppolo said. “It’s always a competition, but you’re competing against the defense in training camp, and now we’re competing against Detroit this week. That’s where I’ve always been with my head and it’s helped me stay steady.”

The San Francisco 49ers open the season against the the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 12.

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    James Richard Garoppolo , nicknamed Jimmy G, is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League . A native of Illinois,

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