The San Francisco 49ers have long history of elite quarterback play, going back to Y.A. Tittle and John Brodie. Joe Montana and Steve Young won Super Bowls in San Francisco. But they aren’t the only ones to have success as signal-callers for the Bay Area’s original NFL team.
In 1999, Bill Walsh, the Super Bowl winning coach for San Francisco, brought QB Jeff Garcia on board. A San Jose State product (Walsh’s alma mater), Garcia had been playing in the Canadian Football League. His NFL career took off and Garcia played 11 seasons, earning four Pro Bowl nods, including three with the 49ers.
And Garcia is impressed with the 49ers’ latest hopeful behind center, QB Trey Lance. Here’s part of what he told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco about Lance’s debut on Saturday.
You could call it “Game recognize Game” in the Bay, man.
Garcia’s style is similar to the promise of Lance’s game. Garcia was an elite scrambler that could also deliver from the pocket. It might be a good idea to show Lance film of Garcia, he was that effective.
But it’s Lance’s time now. Or at least, almost. Starter Jimmy Garoppolo is slated to start the campaign. In the meantime, we’ll have to wait to see what Lance can do in the regular season, just as Garcia is.