The Dallas Cowboys are doing everything they can to prepare for a marquee matchup with the 49ers on “Sunday Night Football” at Levi’s Stadium.
Including consulting third-string quarterback and former 49ers signal caller Trey Lance.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Cowboys offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said the team will rely on Lance for his knowledge of San Francisco’s offense and defense.
After four days of practice, Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott found Lance’s insights into the 49ers valuable.
“It’s been very helpful, frankly,” Prescott told reporters Thursday. “In terms of the way their defense can move, they might have to make some decisions if we put them in certain situations. Things you kind of see on film but getting some specific answers from him about how they do things, it’s been very helpful.”
Lance knows he can provide valuable insight, but he realizes that the two teams already have a familiarity with each other.
“I’m doing everything I can to help,” Lance said. “But at the same time, those guys have done a lot of prep for the Niners in those big games the last couple of years, so they know a lot about the offense. But, I mean, I’m here now so I’m doing everything I can to try to help. “Any time I can get a bigger role to help the team, help Dak, it’s definitely exciting.”
“I’m doing my best to help these guys,” he said. “They’ve had a great week of preparation so far and these guys are clearly locked in. They know it’s a big game.”
When asked what vision Lance could bring to the Cowboys, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan downplayed the former quarterback’s role in Dallas’ game planning.
“As much as most coaches can,” Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday. “You can watch the plays on tape, you can explain what we’re looking at and things like that, which is what you can usually do when you can put together a lot of tape over the years and we’ve been here a while. So I hope that’s the case.” Talking to them all the time and getting them fully focused on that rather than the simple things of watching tape.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Lance’s ideas will contribute to the Cowboys’ win, but both teams will do everything they can to prepare themselves for what should be one of the best games all season.
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