“His job to lose” – George Kittle addresses 49ers’ QB room situation between Brock Purdy and Trey Lance

George Kittle, left, Brock Purdy, right
George Kittle, left, Brock Purdy

The San Francisco 49ers have a decision to make between quarterbacks Brock Purdy and Trey Lance. They'll have to figure out which quarterback will enter next season as the team's starter.

Lance was set to lead the team in his second season last year, but an ankle injury in Week 2 ended his season.


Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo filled in for him before he suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 13.

Rookie seventh-round pick Brock Purdy filled in and got the job done for San Francisco to get the 49ers to the NFC championship game. But he suffered a serious UCL injury in that game.

On Von Miller's podcast, "The Voncast," when tight end George Kittle was asked who he thinks will be the quarterback of the future for the 49ers, he said:

"I don't know what's going on with Jimmy," Kittle said. "He's a free agent, so whatever happens there, happens.
"Trey Lance is still there, and you know Trey unfortunately has not really gotten a fair shot of being an NFL quarterback yet. You got a full rain game monsoon vs. the Bears (in the season opener), and he got hurt in the second game. So, Trey still has plenty of talent, he just has to get out there and play.
"You can't talk about what Brock Purdy did. He's fantastic. Our offense was operating at the highest it's probably been since 2019, so, I mean, in my opinion, its's Brock's job to lose. But there will be competition, because Brock's gonna be out until training camp with his surgery, so it's going to be interesting."

Did Brock Purdy win the 49ers' starting quarterback job with his performance last season?

NFC divisional playoffs: Dallas Cowboys v San Francisco 49ers
NFC divisional playoffs: Dallas Cowboys v San Francisco 49ers

Brock Purdy started his rookie season known as Mr. Irrelevant, because he was the last pick in the draft, but ended his season as one of the NFL's most relevant players.


After filling in for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13, he finished the season with a 5-0 record. In the playoffs, he led the team to two victories, setting up a chance to play in the Super Bowl as the team advanced and met the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game.

The surgery on his elbow to repair his UCL will sideline him for about six months. That could factor into who the team decides will be the starter at the beginning of the season.

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