Why Jimmy Garoppolo ran QB sneak, zone read after 49ers’ Trey Lance injury

Quarterbacks working the soccer has been a sizzling subject with the 49ers this week.

Trey Lance suffered a season-ending injury on a first-quarter dashing strive right through San Francisco’s 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. After Jimmy Garoppolo entered the sport to switch the second-year signal-caller, there used to be no different lively quarterback at the 49ers’ sideline.

Lance used to be out. Garoppolo used to be at the box. Rookie Brock Purdy used to be inactive. That intended fullback Kyle Juszczyk represented the crew’s subsequent choice below heart

To the marvel of many, trainer Kyle Shanahan referred to as for a few Garoppolo quarterback runs as a substitute of conserving the veteran within the pocket. The first strive used to be a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from Seattle’s 11-yard line within the 0.33 quarter. Garoppolo received 3 yards and moved the chains.

Was it well worth the possibility?

“Actually, a drop-back play is riskier than a quarterback sneak, so those are the things that really confuse me,” Shanahan defined to journalists Monday. “I see guys get killed within the pocket on drop-backs, and I’ve by no means had a quarterback get harm at the sneak earlier than. It does not imply it can not occur.

“It seems that we only get interest when he is carrying the ball when he gets injured, and that’s the whole thing, that there’s a risk-reward with everything.”

Later on, with two mins final within the sport, the 49ers confronted a third-and-goal with a at ease 13-point lead.

Shanahan strangely referred to as for a zone read. Garoppolo faked a handoff to Jeff Wilson Jr. and plunged ahead, simplest to be stopped via linebacker Cody Barton on the 1-yard line.


On the following play — fourth-and-goal — Garoppolo took it up the center on any other sneak. This time, it labored. Six issues.

“Yeah, we have to read the D-end a little bit better and get some work at that, so when the D-end does take the quarterback, you hand it off,” Shanahan mentioned of the third-and-goal play. “So, that’s stuff we have to do, but that’s a very normal play in all of football at all levels for everybody. I’m surprised you guys haven’t seen some of the quarterbacks run zone read on us. When [New Orleans Saints QB] Andy Dalton walks in the end zone from the 10-yard line or [Minnesota Vikings QB] Kirk Cousins does, or a lot of the guys who do run that stuff and when you’re not accounting for the quarterback, it’s a pretty normal thing.”

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Still, despite the fact that, it used to be unexpected to peer the 49ers move to Garoppolo for back-to-back dashing performs that past due within the fourth quarter with a two-possession lead.

“That’s why we did it, to surprise you guys,” Shanahan mentioned to journalists. “Usually when people are surprised, it works.”

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