Brian Griese joined the San Francisco 49ers this off-season, leaving ESPN to coach the team’s quarterback and serving with last year’s No. 3 overall pick, Trey Lance, He was among the assistant coaches who spoke to reporters on Thursday.
“The other day, I was trying to think about what I would be doing if I was still working in television, and I was so grateful to be here,” said Griese. “Let’s keep it that way.”
Griese, 47, spent 11 seasons as an NFL quarterback, so he can advise Lance about the challenges he might face when starting his first season as a starter.
“I think some of the things I experienced might be helpful,” Griese said. “I hope they can be helpful and hopefully, help all of our quarterbacks anticipate how we react to certain situations, both on and off the field.”
How did Griese assess 22-year-old Lance as the 49ers near the end of their second week of training camp?
“I’m really encouraged,” Griess replied. “…he gives himself a chance because he shows up every single day, and he’s ready to put in the work. There’s a humility about him that gives him the opportunity to grow, learn from his mistakes. I really like His behavior is encouraged. It’s impressive for a young man his age. It’s not natural.
“So the way he interacts with his team, the way he works on the field, the way he reacts when he makes mistakes, all these things are very positive on top of his physical abilities, that are important.”
veteran tackle Trent Williams Said something similar this week as he praised Lance.
“He’s giving everyone confidence,” Williams shared. “He’s giving everyone confidence in his ability and his poise, the way he commands the mess. I say all the time I’m impressed that he [doesn’t] Make the same mistake twice, and I think, from a young quarterback, that’s all you can ask because they’re going to make mistakes, and that’s part of the learning curve.”
Griese admitted that he won’t be able to fully evaluate Lance until the quarterback comes into play and begins to gain some much-needed experience. However, Griese sees similar symptoms as discussed by Williams.
“I think his demeanor has been really impressive in that he’s been able to divvy up his job,” Griese said, “his role, his understanding, the mentality he’s collectively responsible for as a team leader. And the guilt, for what he’s responsible for. And having the proper timing of communication, when to meet someone, when to encourage, when to slow things down, when to pick things up. You’re really not just the game but the people. is the manager of.
“For someone her age, 22 years old, she doesn’t have that much. We continue to grow with her, but she has a foundation and a foundation that I think is really impressive. And the relationships that she has with her.” The locker room she has is what allows her to do that. … She has a fair amount of sense of timing and moments. She’s not too little, not too much. It’s great to look at.”
Lance has seen his ups and downs during training camp. However, many players have immediately noted that the young quarterback is facing a daunting task, practicing against one of the league’s best defensive units. This should help accelerate the learning process as long as there is understanding.
“It may not be too hard, but you want to build some skills and some confidence too,” Griess admitted with a laugh. “But I think he understands the situation we are in. I think he understands that this is a great opportunity to grow and do it against some of the best in the league.”
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