Kyle Shanahan Declines to Name 49ers' Week 1 QB After Preseason Win Over Chargers

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Anyone who thought Sunday's preseason match against the Los Angeles Chargers would bring an end to the drama surrounding the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback, Week 1, is sure to be disappointed.

After the 15-10 win over the Chargers at SoFi Stadium in San Francisco, Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco's head coach, declined to name a starter for Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance. However he did hint that his original plan might still be in place.

Garoppolo was the game's first player and was far from dominant.

Only the first drive was his, and he completed 3-of-6 passes for 15 yards and one intercept. Although Brandon Aiyuk was not able to intercept his pass, it was still a great pass in a lackluster performance.

Lance started slow too and also threw a similar interception with a high pass, which bounced off Mohamed Sanu.

He recovered, and he completed 8 of 14 passes for 102 yards with two touchdowns, one interception, and 2 touchdowns. He touched a deep pass to Trent Sherfield and his second touchdown pass was when he slipped a pass through tight windows right to Travis Benjamin.

Garoppolo might not be able match the demonstration of arm strength. The rookie has an advantage in athleticism, as well as the ability to escape the pocket and avoid pressure.

The 49ers did not draft Lance with No. For him to be a long-term back up, he would have to be the No. 3 overall pick.

It seems only a matter time before he takes the reins, even though Garoppolo may start Week 1 against Detroit Lions.

Both will have another chance to show their skills in the preseason matchup between San Francisco and the Las Vegas Raiders next Sunday.