Jimmy Garoppolo’s first full healthy season as San Francisco 49ers quarterback went pretty well. The team reached the Super Bowl, though the running game was the strength of the offense.
As with any team that has one ounce of uncertainty about its quarterback position, some Tom Brady rumors popped up. After Garoppolo was outgunned by Patrick Mahomes and the 49ers blew their late lead to the Kansas City Chiefs, we saw some speculation that Brady could finish his career in his native California. Brady replacing his former backup with the 49ers, the team Bill Belichick basically chose for Garoppolo, would be wild.
If Brady does leave New England, it isn’t looking likely that San Francisco will be the team. Head coach Kyle Shanahan already threw his very public support behind Jimmy G. That makes sense, of course. The duo was a few bad minutes (and an all-time opponent at quarterback) from capturing a title.
Now, the message is coming from the general manager too. John Lynch, who built a Super Bowl contender in short order, says that Jimmy Garoppolo is the man for San Francisco going forward. He spoke about the situation at the NFL Combine today, and made things very clear.
“We’re extremely proud of Jimmy and committed to Jimmy moving forward. He’s our guy,” Lynch said, in the video posted by CSN Bay Area‘s Jennifer Lee Chan.
“From the day he walked into our building, he made us better and we continue to feel that’s the case, and that’s the most exciting thing about him, is the room for growth,” Lynch said. “He has not come close to hitting the ceiling. I think the room for growth, the more experience he gets in this system, the more experience he gets playing, in general, we think the arrow’s up, and that’s a good thing.”
Garoppolo impressed after being traded in 2017. Last year, some predicted a breakout season, but an early torn ACL derailed San Francisco’s year…and put them in position to draft star rookie Nick Bosa, who immediately became a star for the Niners.
This year, Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards and 27 touchdowns. While those may not be Mahomes-like numbers, with the Shanahan-engineered running game and a great decent, it was more than enough to capture the top seed and head to the Super Bowl.
He may have a lower ceiling than the truly elite passers in the league, but abandoning Garoppolo after one bad loss would probably be going overboard.