49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is catching plenty of heat for the way Trey Lance got injured.
On Sunday, Lance suffered a broken ankle on a designed running play on 2nd and 8 near the red zone.
Trey Lance is still down on the field minutes later. pic.twitter.com/neSnqC5M21
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) September 18, 2022
A defensive Shanahan defended his decision to run the ball in that instance and said Lance got injured on a “very normal play.”
“Would it have been better if it was 2nd-and-4?” Shanahan said “Is that what you’re implying? . . . There’s a few options on the play. It could have been a handoff. The D-end went up the play. It’s the exact same play we ran three plays before that where Deebo [Samuel] got a 52-yarder. So there’s a lot of stuff that goes into it. It’s a pretty normal play. It’s part of football, and it’s unfortunately he hurt his ankle on it. But it’s a very normal play. You guys should watch some other [teams]
Kyle Shanahan defends the decision to run the ball with Trey Lance.
"Do you guys watch other teams in this league? Buffalo does it all the time with their QB. It's a pretty normal play." pic.twitter.com/QBVApGqlnm
— KNBR (@KNBR) September 19, 2022
Lance is now out for the season and fans are blaming Shanahan for Lance’s injury.
This is absolutely malpractice by Kyle Shanahan. He's treated his golden-child draft pick like a fullback. What did he expect to happen? #49ers
— Damon Bruce (@DamonBruce) September 18, 2022
Kyle Shanahan sat Trey Lance for a year just so he could develop him into a fullback and break him after four starts.
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) September 18, 2022
I blame Kyle Shanahan. It’s strictly on him. #49ers
— 49ers & NFL News 24/7 (@49ersSportsTalk) September 18, 2022
Blame Kyle Shanahan for the Trey Lance injury. Tf you think is gonna happen when you run your QB so much? Absolute clown.
— Sandeep Chandok (@sandeepchandok) September 18, 2022
Kyle Shanahan and his dad did this to RG3. It’s happening again. Kyle is a charlatan. He’s not the Football God many claim he is.
— 🙅🏽♂️🏝Dontae Johnson Island 🏝🙅🏽♂️ (@GUEROMEXICAN831) September 18, 2022
Kyle Shanahan treated Trey like he was a RB
Kyle Shanahan is a bum
— 49ERS GOING 16-1 (@RoscoesMr) September 18, 2022