Kyle Shanahan Dodges Question on 49ers QB Controversy

Isaiah De Los Santos
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan dodged a question on the team's future plans at QB.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan dodged a question on the team's future plans at QB. / (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Brock Purdy excelling under center for the San Francisco 49ers has taken everyone by surprise. Touting a 3-0 record so far as a starter and looking the part, Purdy has generated legitimate conversations about the 49ers' future at quarterback, even with Trey Lance on board.

When asked about the team's QB plans next season, head coach Kyle Shanahan wisely avoided the question.

San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Controversy

Shanahan gave a signature wisecrack response, telling reporters "I don't even know what year it is after the season's over." It's clear the famously tight-lipped organization doesn't want to divulge its thoughts on that potential position battle.

No one can blame Shanahan for his retort. The Niners are in the middle of a heated race for playoff seeding, so the team's potential starter in 2023 isn't their focus at all right now. It also makes no sense to declare anything this far out given how much things can change during the offseason.

Still, Shanahan's comments could be viewed as Purdy having a chance at challenging for starting duties in 2023. He's shown to be an effective game manager and capable of making some big-time throws, which has kept San Francisco's Super Bowl hopes alive.

It remains to be seen how this situation ultimately shakes out. Leading a deep postseason run would definitely help Purdy's case next year, though.

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