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Kyle Shanahan Teases Starting QB Decision Ahead of Final Preseason Game

Isaiah De Los Santos
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has teased a starting QB decision ahead of the team's final preseason game.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has teased a starting QB decision ahead of the team's final preseason game. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images
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All eyes have been on the San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks during training camp and preseason as they compete for the chance to be the Week 1 starter.

Veteran Jimmy Garoppolo was considered the favorite to be QB1 given his experience, though Trey Lance has shown flashes of the potential that made him worth trading up for in the draft.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has teased a decision on his team's starter ahead of their final preseason game.

49ers Starting QB

Shanahan isn't revealing his choice just yet, but he said he has "a pretty good idea" of who will get the starting nod. He seemed to leave the door open for a surprise, yet it's clear he's known who would be the Week 1 starter for a while.

"But as you guys can see with everything, I don't know our schedule a couple days from now. So, I've always had a pretty good idea. But there are lots of days between now and then, at every position."

Kyle Shanahan

Shanahan's hint on the team's QB1 appears to be great news for Garoppolo. He has the clear edge after leading the team to a Super Bowl two seasons ago, and it seems to be his job to lose. Lance has impressed, but most draft experts expected the rookie to need some seasoning before he's ready for the big stage.

It wouldn't be a shock to see Shanahan switch things up if Garoppolo underperforms. This team and its bevy of weapons are finally healthy again, and they won't stick with a signal-caller if its impedes their championship aspirations.

The 49ers are tied for the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl 56 at +1400, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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