49ers tried to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said during a conference call on Tuesday that he wouldn’t delve into the details of the conversations that the team had leading up to their decision to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers, but 49ers General Manager John Lynch was willing to share one nugget of information in comments for the team’s website.

While discussing Garoppolo’s relative inexperience, Lynch said that the team has done a lot of homework on Garoppolo’s work in both the preseason and regular season over the last four years and that their desire to add him to the roster didn’t just pop up this week.

“We studied him hard,” Lynch said. “We studied him hard this offseason. We tried to do a deal this offseason. It didn’t come to fruition. It presented itself now and we felt like it was an opportunity we had to jump at.”

Belichick said the Patriots “rode it out as long as we could” with Garoppolo, but that this year’s trade deadline represented the last opportunity to make a move because they weren’t keeping both Garoppolo and Tom Brady.

Lynch also confirmed that the 49ers will be releasing Brian Hoyer and said that the team hasn’t soured on the long-term prospects for C.J. Beathard. Lynch pointed out that Garoppolo’s experience with the Patriots is one that Beathard could take as a reminder that things can work out down the road, although the hope in Santa Clara is that Garoppolo’s the right man for their offense.

16 responses to “49ers tried to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason

  1. Garopollo learned behind the goat just like Steve Young learned behind the goat… Now just draft Saquon Barkley at 2 and the Niners will be looking half way decent next season and beyond

  2. If 49ers fans want to get excited I’d suggest watching Jimmy’s snaps vs Miami from last year on youtube.

    That performance was damn near perfection up to the point he got injured. (which looks just like the hit Arron Rogers just took.) Edelman dropped a ball and Amendola had a fumble after a first down catch. Other than that it’s about as good as you could expect a QB to play. If you need some visual hype I’d suggest starting there.

  3. reptar310 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    Garopollo learned behind the goat just like Steve Young learned behind the goat…
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    There can only be one goat…

  4. I think it’s clear by what Lynch did during the draft sticking it to the Bears and with this trade that the Niners are in good hands. All those naysayers who said Lynch couldn’t do the job sure look a little silly now.

  5. .
    If somebody asked me to give a comparable style of play to Jimmy G, I would say Joe Montana. Obviously, with less than 3 games under his belt, Jimmy is hardly an equal. However, the two share some similarities. They’re both a little undersized and not especially athletic, but succeed due to their quick release and accuracy. 49ers fans will see some of the Montana traits right away.
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  6. Even if the Patriots WIN another Superbowl.
    Theres no word on if Brady will ride out into the Sunset. And even if he doesnt. You think a 41 year old is your best option AGAIN in 2018.
    Versus giving a new Franchise QB a chance, or atleast having him as a backup.
    God Help the Patriots should anything happen to Brady now within 2-3 years. They are ABSOLUTELY screwed. Esp with hoyer.
    Whereas Garropolo could still win a playoff game.

  7. mzew233 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Even if the Patriots WIN another Superbowl.
    Theres no word on if Brady will ride out into the Sunset. And even if he doesnt. You think a 41 year old is your best option AGAIN in 2018.
    Versus giving a new Franchise QB a chance, or atleast having him as a backup.
    God Help the Patriots should anything happen to Brady now within 2-3 years. They are ABSOLUTELY screwed. Esp with hoyer.
    Whereas Garropolo could still win a playoff game.

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    Belichick was pretty clear; if they could have kept both they would have. Brady will be the one to decide when he is done – and obviously he isn’t saying anything of the sort in private to BB. Belichick knows that paying JG and TB in 2018 means fielding a very poor team around them after the cap hits – something the Pats just won’t do period.

  8. Yes, Barkley is an unintended beneficiary of this deal. He won’t have to go to Cleveland and will get to play with a good quarterback like Jimmy G and be coached by Shanahan.

  9. cadreamer1969 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm
    BB on Jimmy G good QB, great person. Spare the HOF jacket until he actually plays some games.

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    Which is why BB said “good,” not “great QB.”

    Please don’t spare us critical thinking.

  10. Until last night, all the patriots would say about Garoppolo was that he’ll never be traded—he’s our quarterback of the future. Translation: we’re trying to drive the price up.

    If they REALLY believed he was the next Tom Brady, he’d still be there.

  11. Tom Brady is 40. If BB thought that Garoppolo was going to be a solution at QB, he’d still be in Boston.

    The idea that Lynch is some sort of mastermind GM is kind of silly. The guy drafted Solomon Thomas at #3.

  12. Not loving losing JG…but the downside of the expiring contract forced the move. At least the PATs know how to get something for a player. Maybe the RED SOX are watching? I doubt it but they sure need to.

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