Should the San Francisco 49ers change it up or adjust to the player who they believe can lead them to a new era of Niners football?

After losing their first game to the Chicago Bears, 19-10, it hardly comes as a surprise that pundits are hard on Trey Lance. That included Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports, suggesting that Kyle Shanahan may want to change it up and feed on the strengths of the 22-year-old play-caller.

"You got Jimmy Garoppolo in the bullpen, you have a great roster and a great coach, you guys are struggling to complete passes," Cowherd said on an episode of “The Herd.” "Should we potentially be worried about Trey Lance and moving off him if he can't beat Seattle?"

Cowherd added that if the current system does not appear to work with Lance as the starting QB, perhaps adopting a similar approach that the Denver Broncos did with Tim Tebow could work.

"We [the Broncos] have a good defense, so do the Niners. We have a coach with experience, so do the Niners. Tebow is a good athlete, so is Trey Lance. Let's just run a different offense," he said.

Cowherd is aware that Lance is a talent that is too good to waste. However, adjustments are needed.

"Why not lean into Trey Lance because he's big, strong, and physical, and just say, 'Listen, we're going to throw about 18 times a game, we're going to run him about 12 times a game, we're going to be different and be hard to prepare for," the sports media personality pointed out.

It remains to be seen what adjustments Lance and the Niners will do heading into their next NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks.

But one thing is certain. If Lance fails to push the 49ers to a win, expect a new round of criticism – most of which are likely to be worse.

Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers Getty Images | Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49er

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