Editor’s note: It’s been almost a month since the 49ers officially named Trey Lance their starter for the 2022 season, but that didn’t stop former NFL MVP Brett Favre from questioning the decision. On Monday, Favre was asked who he’d go within San Francisco, the second-year Lance or veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who has a 33-14 record as an NFL starter with two NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl.
I have not watched much tape on [Trey Lance], but I’ll say this, the kid’s got a lot of talent, [but] very little experience.
My personal opinion, I would go with Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s not as flashy, not near as flashy. He wasn’t their first-round pick. And no offense toward Trey Lance, but what Jimmy has done is win and win, win, win again. Not flashy.
So, it’s not the glamorous pick, but my goodness, the guy has won and put the 49ers in a position to compete for the Super Bowl year in and year out and deserves the right to keep playing.
Now, who knows? He may end up at some point starting if Trey gets hurt or underperforms, and if you have to bring in Jimmy Garoppolo, that’s a good thing.
But their defense is really good. Barring injury, offensively, if Trey plays the way they hope he is capable of, then they’re competing for [a championship] right there at the end. There’s a tremendous upside with Trey; no question about it. But Jimmy G. has been a proven winner. And that oftentimes gets overlooked — is a guy a winner? And Jimmy Garoppolo is definitely a winner.