San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl window depends on Trey Lance

The 49ers under head coach Kyle Shanahan had a fluctuating Super Bowl window that depended on the health of their starting quarterback. This is true for most teams. Now that Jimmy Garoppolo is almost gone and San Francisco has handed over the keys to Trey Lance, we need to reassess the size of their championship window.

NFL.com’s Adam Schein has compiled a list putting the teams in order of their Super Bowl window size. San Francisco was ranked third behind the Bills and Chiefs. While there are factors in play like Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, the 49ers title hopes will revolve entirely around Lance.

Quarterback play matters most in the NFL. A QB can’t carry a team full of saves to the championships, but having the best QB on the field will give a team a chance to win every game.

Lance, entering his second year as a pro and his first full season as a starter, is a big question mark for the 49ers. Its development will determine the course of the franchise for the foreseeable future.

Listing the 49ers with the third-largest Super Bowl window means the author has a ton of confidence in Lance to become a quarterback on par with Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes – game changers who can overcome shortcomings elsewhere. on the list. That’s what San Francisco is hoping for from the third pick in last year’s draft.

That window shrinks significantly if Lance can’t find his way into the NFL. Suddenly, the 49ers find themselves without a star quarterback, their stars either reaching the end of their bonuses or the end of their contracts. A bad quarterback is just too much to overcome, even with Samuel, Bosa, Warner and Kittle on the roster.

The 49ers’ roster on paper is on par with other Super Bowl-caliber teams. The difference is what happens below the center. San Francisco needs a star there, and if Lance is that star, their Super Bowl window is as wide as any in the NFL.

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