John Lynch: Jimmy Garoppolo has “characteristics and traits” vital for QB success

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The 49ers officially announced their trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Tuesday morning.

Along with confirming that they’ll be sending a 2018 second-round pick to New England, the team also announced that there will be a press conference with Garoppolo on Tuesday afternoon. That will be the first chance to hear from Garoppolo since the deal was completed, but we got a glimpse into General Manager John Lynch’s thought process via a statement.

“We are thrilled for Jimmy to join the 49ers family,” Lynch said. “Jimmy is a player we have researched extensively since Kyle [Shanahan] and I joined the 49ers. I am extremely pleased this came together today and we all think it is a big win for our organization. Albeit in limited game action, Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league. He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere. We look forward to Jimmy joining the team tomorrow and hitting the ground running.”

One of the questions that Lynch, Shanahan and Garoppolo will surely hear will have to do with Garoppolo’s contractual future. His contract is up at the end of the season and the 49ers will have to decide between signing him, franchising him or letting him hit the open market. The last option seems like a highly unlikely one, although Lynch’s mention of “limited game action” is a reminder that the 49ers didn’t trade for a sure thing on Monday night.

25 responses to “John Lynch: Jimmy Garoppolo has “characteristics and traits” vital for QB success

  1. I thought that Jimmy G. was the heir apparent in New England?…For a lousy second round pick? All that talk before the draft must have been all BS.

  2. kabasaman says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:06 am
    I thought that Jimmy G. was the heir apparent in New England?…For a lousy second round pick? All that talk before the draft must have been all BS.
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    lousy 2nd rounder is most likely gonna be 33 or 34th overall. then add in that the pats are essentially gonna have pick 26-32 and its almost as if having 2 first round picks. of course assuming that the browns are the browns and spend one of their first rounders on an absolute bust.

  3. I thought that Jimmy G. was the heir apparent in New England?

    One of many typical fan misconceptions…

    Tom Brady will sue the league for defamation and end up owning it!!!
    Ezekiel Elliot will sue the league for defamation and end up owning it!!!
    Adrian Peterson will win the rushing title!!!
    Marshawn Lynch will win the rushing title!!!
    Magic-Player-X will put us over the top in our Super Bowl run!!!
    etc.

  4. Might be just what Lynch is describing, but one has to wonder why Belichek gave up on the kid. Put a lot of time into him, must not have what Bill is ultimately looking for.

  5. I love this move by the 49ers. You pick up a guy that you hope to be your franchise QB for a high second round pick and you do it in time to give him a test drive through the rest of the season. If he turns out not to be the guy you thought he was, you still have a top 2 or 3 pick to take another swing at a franchise QB in next year’s draft. A franchise QB is worth more than the 3 best players at other positions. This is a very good calculated risk by the 49ers.

  6. 9’ers will get 4-5 games to see what they have in Jimmy G. If he doesn’t show them what they want they’re out a 2nd round pick and they have a few of those. If he does then they got a bargain and can build around him. Good move for them.

    BB probably took the best offer he could get from a non-AFC team before the deadline, regardless of what was fact (or wasn’t) back around the draft for speculated values. Doesn’t help the Pats right now unless that pick is going somewhere today for someone that can immediately contribute – but that seems pretty unlikely given the cap space of only 4.5 million. I think the Pats got the lesser value of this deal, but it will be hard to know for sure until we see how Jimmy G pans out.

  7. If Lynch really trusted his ability to find a QB, he’d draft one. This a political move to make a media splash in the middle of a winless season. This charade has been going on for years with Jed York. Trent Baalke could have done this. Only the names have been changed, but it’s the same song and dance.

  8. Belichick did not give up on Jimmy. They simply could not afford to either franchise him or pay him 20 million. If Brady is going to play a few more years, there is nothing to do but unload one of the two. Since they could not afford to keep him, and he is only under contract for 8 more games, the deal is fair for NE.

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    If Brady had retired, I think most Patriots fans would have been comfortable giving Jimmy a shot at starting. However since Brady shows no sign of slowing down, he had to move elsewhere.

    Belichick also did himself and Garopollo a huge favor by sending him to NFC West San Francisco. First, the Patriots will only see him every four years. Second, Garopollo goes to a warm weather city with Shanahan who can work with Jimmy’s style of a short, quick release passing game.
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  10. When it became obvious they couldn’t get a deal done beyond this year Belichick kept his insurance policy as long as he could then sold as high as he could to an NFC team that isn’t going to let Garoppolo get away to avoid strengthening an AFC competitor. Obviously there was an agreement on releasing Hoyer included. The Niners got their potential franchise QB and Belichick controlled where he went and got a higher pick than he probably would have in a tag and trade deal after the season. Great deal for SF, they get to test drive Garoppolo for the rest of the season.

  11. kabasaman says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:06 am
    I thought that Jimmy G. was the heir apparent in New England?…For a lousy second round pick? All that talk before the draft must have been all BS.
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    It wasn’t BS (except in some media), it was just down to decent QBs being thin on the ground and the ever constant pondering (in NE and outside) how long Brady plays for. If Belichick didn’t like JimmyG he wouldn’t have kept him around so long. And in 2016 JimmyG was more valuable to Belichick than any double-1st round picks. Now that Brady’s stats still appear uber (he’s the leading passer this year, 360yds ahead of 2nd place Smith) and signed an extension to 2020, all of a sudden that means JimmyG (who becomes UFA in 2018) was not going to sign backup money (and wait to play) for 2 or more seasons. Trading JimmyG now nets BB a high 2nd 2018 pick instead of a low compensatory pick after the 3rd round in 2019.

    Salty moronic haters like to knock the Pats QB program, but out of the 10 QBs BB drafted (plus 1 more, Hoyer, undrafted), a total of 8 (Brady, Cassell, Brissett, Hoyer, Mallett, Garropolo, Davey, Hoyer), either went on to start or backup (7 still playing), and of the 3 others Kingsbury (early) and O’Connell (after backing up elsewhere) got injured but ended up coaching, and even Robinson spent a little time on other rosters. Given that most of these guys were mid-to-low round picks, that’s a remarkable success rate unparalleled by any other NFL quarterback program.

  12. Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but it’s seem as though it’s a huge favor being returned by the Patriots.

    I thought they could have gotten more than a 2nd round pick for Jimmy G.

    It’s puzzles the hell out of me.

  13. I live in NE, and the word from a local report, and it makes a lot of sense, is that the Pats were in negotiations with Garoppolo, and were willing to paying him starting QB money, but JG wanted to play, which clearly is not happening in NE anytime soon.

    As far as those saying we were all nuts for thinking two first-round picks last year: Well the time is different now. We are now a half a season closer to him walking, and we still got what amounts to close to a first-round pick. AND, the Pats still got that time to negotiate with JG, despite the fact that they could not come to terms.

  14. Trading for a QB that has looked good in a system that can have success with a high school QB is a huge gamble. I hope it pays off for the 49ers and wish Jimmy all the best.

  15. Mad Mike Linson says:
    October 31, 2017 at 11:50 am
    Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist, but it’s seem as though it’s a huge favor being returned by the Patriots. I thought they could have gotten more than a 2nd round pick for Jimmy G. It’s puzzles the hell out of me.
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    It shouldn’t be all that puzzling. Garoppolo was kept as an insurance policy rather than traded high last offseason because until the injury bug hit the Pats were looking like a shoe-in to at least get to the AFCCG. Circumstances changed and with half a season gone without an injury to Brady and not being able to lock Garoppolo up beyond this season it was time to move him. Tagging and trading him after the season wouldn’t net any better than a top of the 2nd round pick because of his price tag. The only possible ‘conspiracy’ was SF had Hoyer who is familiar with McDaniels’ offense and there had to have been an agreement that SF would eat his salary and cut him so NE could pick him up on the cheap.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    Trading for a QB that has looked good in a system that can have success with a high school QB is a huge gamble. I hope it pays off for the 49ers and wish Jimmy all the best.
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    Do you ever watch any football? Have any familiarity at all with the team you aren’t really a fan of? The way Belichick handles the cap if a high school kid could run the offense he would have one in there.

  17. If the story is true, Belichick deserves the scrutiny of not taking the Browns 1st rounder in May. I get the financial impact of keep Garoppolo. I just have a hard time believing it changed all that much in 6 months. They should have done some due diligence to see if Garoppolo was interested in a bridge deal etc and moved on back in May when the Pats had the most leverage. The only option to keep him was to tag him again. As soon as the Pats decided they weren’t going to tag him again they had to take what they could.

  18. fireroger says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    If the story is true, Belichick deserves the scrutiny of not taking the Browns 1st rounder in May. I get the financial impact of keep Garoppolo. I just have a hard time believing it changed all that much in 6 months.
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    You really don’t believe escaping training camp, the preseason and the 1st half of the season without their starting QB getting injured changes their outlook? Because that’s what transpired the in the past 6 months.

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