Trey Lance has his critics after struggling for the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. Boomer Esiason is one of the naysayers about the Niners’ starter.

Esiason who, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, lost Super Bowl XXXIII to the Joe Montana and Jerry Rice-inspired 49ers, assessed Lance after the latter’s shaky performance against the Chicago Bears. Boomer’s assessment led to an interesting comparison with one of the 49ers’ NFC West rivals, Arizona Cardinals starter Kyler Murray.

It’s not exactly a flattering comparison, but Esiason also outlined how Lance can avoid making the same mistakes as Murray. Avoiding those mistakes can save Lance from being hooked by Week 3 in favor of former starting signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lance Should Avoid Murray Comparison

Esiason, who also spent time with the New York Jets and Cards during his 14 seasons as a player, discussed Lance during an episode of 95.7 The Game’s Kickoff With Boomer & Valenti.

The discussion led Esiason to liken the erratic early showings in Lance’s career, which “look like he is playing the game with his hair on fire,” to Murray’s up and down performances:

“Trey just doesn’t look ready to me. He looks like he is playing the game with his hair on fire & he’s a little to inaccurate for my liking. You can run around & make plays, but like Kyler Murray has proven, it doesn’t win games.”@7BOOMERESIASON on Kickoff with Boomer & Valenti

— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) September 17, 2022

Those are strong words about two young quarterbacks who play the game in a different way to how Esiason plied his trade. Murray and Lance are more mobile, better natural athletes who trust their core physical tools to get them out of trouble and manufacture big plays from losing positions.

When it works they make magic, like when Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins on the famed ‘Hail Murray’ play against the Buffalo Bills in 2020:

The Hail Murray is the 2020 @Bridgestone Clutch Performance Play of the Year! #NFLHonors @K1 @DeAndreHopkins

— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2021

Lance is no stranger to ad-libbed moments of brilliance. He even managed to produce one of those amid his struggles against the Bears.

The play occurred in a clutch situation on 3rd-and-long and …read more



Boomer Esiason Makes Kyler Murray Comparison With 49ers’ Trey Lance

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