The QB coach said the 49ers’ defense didn’t allow Tre Lance to build confidence

Santa Clara – The good news for quarterback Trey Lance is that he’s been training daily this summer against a defense that’s among the best in the NFL.

The bad news is that he’s been training daily this summer against a potential defense Among the best in the NFL.

“It couldn’t be more difficult,” said 49ers quarterback coach Brian Grace of Lance’s challenge in coaching the team.

“You also want to build some skills and some confidence as well,” he added with a laugh.

Lance has completed less than 50 percent of pass attempts in 11v11 drills since camp opened last week. Lance often found himself under pressure from the 49-man line of defense. Notable improvements in Back Corner with Charvarios Ward and Emmanuel Moseley made tighter windows.

“He knows this is a great opportunity to grow and to do that against some of the best players in the league,” Griese said of Lance.

Things weren’t easy for the 49ers’ pass game. But Lance also showed flashes of his great playing potential with his passes on the field and his ability to create plays with his running skills.

Griese highlighted what he saw from Garoppolo behind the scenes As a “really encouraged” reason.

“He’s giving himself a chance because he comes in every day and he’s ready to work,” Grace said. “He has a humility about him that gives him a chance to learn from his mistakes and grow.

“I was really encouraged by his behaviour. That’s impressive for a guy of his age. It’s not normal. The way he interacts with his team, the way he works on the field, the way he responds when he makes a mistake. All these things are very positive in addition to his physical abilities, which is important.”

Lance is in charge of veteran midfielder Jimmy Garoppolo this season as the team’s main midfielder.

After being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Lance found himself as the men’s captain at the age of 22.

Grace said that Lance appears to have an innate ability to handle those high demands.

“He is able to divide his job, his role, his mental understanding of what he is responsible for, collectively as the team leader and the offense, and what he is responsible for,” Grace said.

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Timing is an important part of the quarterback’s synchronization with receivers in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Timing is also key in navigating the different personalities, relationships, and expectations of his teammates, Grace said.

“Getting the right timing to communicate when dealing with someone, when to encourage, when to slow things down, and when to pick things up,” Grace said. “You really are a manager, not just for the game but for the people.

“For someone his age, he doesn’t have that. We keep growing with that, but he has a foundation and a base that I think is really great.”

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