Munich – Four losses from five games from weeks three to nine and a record of 3-5 wins halfway through the regular season. At this point, there wasn’t much to say for the San Francisco 49ers to make the playoffs. What followed was an upswing with three convincing victories, also thanks to good performances by Garoppolo. The record was improved to 9-7 before the last matchday. Still, it would take a Week 18 win over the LA Rams to be secure in the postseason. Led by Garoppolo, who played despite a thumb injury and had a used afternoon with two interceptions, San Francisco pulled off a picture-perfect drive in the final attack . 26 seconds before the end, Jauan Jennings made it 23:24 after a pass from his quarterback, San Francisco equalized with an extra point. In overtime, a field goal was enough to win the game.
Ups and numerous downs in San Francisco for “Jimmy G”
Garoppolo transferred to the Bay Area from the New England Patriots during the 2017 season. He quickly rose to starting quarterback. But at the beginning of the coming year the first setback: Garoppolo tore his cruciate ligament and was out for the rest of the season. What followed after the serious knee injury was Garoppolo’s best year in the NFL to date. In the regular season, he led the 49ers to 13 wins and ultimately to Super Bowl LIV. There, the Californians lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 20:31. The following 2020 season was marked by Garoppolo’s injuries. Low point: After a poor performance against the Miami Dolphins, in which he only bagged seven of 17 passes and threw two interceptions, he was given chess at halftime. Nevertheless, “Jimmy G” was allowed to start again in the weeks that followed , before injuring himself again and missing the rest of the games. Last draft, the 49ers traded the third pick at great expense to select quarterback Trey Lance. Garoppolo remained a starter, but the doubts about this status have accompanied him all the more since then.
Criticism of Garoppolo grows in week 16 defeat
Criticism of the 30-year-old grew, especially after the unnecessary 17:20 defeat against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16. Although “Jimmy G” threw for 322 yards (26 of 35 passes), he made two interceptions and many other inaccuracies in his game. For example, he threw over the completely free-standing Kyle Juszczyk and the 49ers only landed a field goal instead of the second touchdown. During the game, the 49ers fans stormed Twitter against their own quarterback. “Jimmy G single-handedly keeps the Titans in the game,” tweeted one fan of the franchise. Another user wrote: “That’s why we drafted Trey Lance.” After all, Garroppolo got encouragement from head coach Kyle Shanahan before the final game of the regular season. “If Jimmy is 100 percent fit, then we’ll go with Jimmy as quarterback,” the 49ers head coach revealed at a final media round before the game at the LA Rams.
The future in San Francisco still belongs to Trey Lance
Garoppolo’s contract with the 49ers runs until the end of next season. Still, some indications are that post-season rookie Lance will take over as starting quarterback in California. After all, the “Niners” gave up three first-round picks before the 2021 draft to select the talent in third place. Since Garoppolo will receive a base salary of $ 24.2 million for the coming season and is therefore unlikely to go stale on the bench, it is it is likely that San Francisco will give up the 30-year-old in the spring. Also, to get something in return for Garoppolo. Already at the end of November, “Jimmy G” was relatively clear between the lines about his future. “It’s possible to be honest, I don’t want to rule anything out too soon,” he told the 49ers WebZone. Until the end of the season, he asked for time to think about it so that he could concentrate on the sport: “We have a lot to do with the season and everything else at the moment. When you start thinking about other things, you get distracted.” “Sportsnaut” called in December, the Houston Texans, the Washington Football Team, the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers were potential targets for an offseason trade. It will probably also need this option. Because 49ers coach Shanahan also commented on his future, similar to Garoppolo himself via “49ers Webzone”: “I think there is a chance for everything. But I think we made it quite clear that that Trey is our man of the future, whenever that may be.”Despite all the criticism and Garoppolo’s likely departure from San Francisco. Maybe the 49ers will manage one last, surprisingly deep playoff run with Garoppolo and we’ll see “Jimmy G” in the 49ers jersey at least two more times. You want the most important NFL news, videos and data directly on your smartphone? Then get the new ran app with push notifications for the most important news in your favorite sport. Available in the App Store for Apple and Android.
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