Brian Griese on 49ers’ Trey Lance: “He’s an outstanding young man in many ways”


Brian Griese on 49ers' Trey Lance: "He's an outstanding young man in many ways"

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The San Francisco 49ers assistant coaches spoke to reporters Wednesday. That included new quarterbacks coach Brian Griese, who is ending a broadcasting career at ESPN. The task ahead: Help mold sophomore quarterback Trey Lance and prepare him to lead the 49ers to success.

Griese expressed his delight at returning to coaching. He was asked about last year’s No. 3 pick and what he’s seen of the 22-year-old quarterback.

“In terms of Trey in particular, meeting him and getting to know him over the past few months, he’s an outstanding young man in many ways,” Griese said. “I look forward to continuing to get to know him on and off the field. I’m happy that he comes to work every day, is humble and wants to improve.”

Last season was a roller coaster of a year for Lance, who only played in one college game during his junior year due to COVID. The 49ers gave up a lot to draft Lance, so expectations for his future are high.

“Your rookie year, you’re going through it, your first playoff game is your first, your first wildcard game is your first wildcard game,” Lance said Tuesday. “Your first NFC championship is your first NFC championship, so everything was new all year.

“It was my first week 1, first week 2, first week 3 and so on. So I was grateful to Jimmy [Garoppolo]grateful for Nate [Sudfeld], thankful for the whole coaching staff and the boys in the dressing room. Like I said, I think the coolest thing for me was being able to be a part of that dressing room last year.”

2021 was a year full of new experiences for Lance. This year will be the same for Griese, a longtime friend of the Shanahan family. As in his days as a quarterback and broadcaster, the assistant coach is ready to attack his new job.

“I see it the same way,” said Griese. “I have my whole life, whether I played or broadcast or am a coach now. I will come here with humility and [Lance and I are] get better together and we check the ego at the door. He does that every day when he comes to work and it gives him a chance to be successful.”

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