Kyle Shanahan not making promises on when Jimmy Garoppolo will play

AP

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said something at his Wednesday press conference that might make some people scratch their heads about the team’s decision to trade for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Shanahan said he “can’t promise” that Garoppolo will play before the 2017 season is over, which may seem a bit alarming since the team traded a second-round pick for him and need to make a plan for how to handle his impending free agency. It’s bit less alarming once you add in the fact that Shanahan also said he can’t promise that Garoppolo won’t play against the Cardinals this weekend and that he’s “not here to save our season” but to improve the organization.

The plan is for Garoppolo to be active as C.J. Beathard‘s backup and for Garoppolo to cram as much knowledge of the offense into his head before Sunday as possible so that he’s able to do something if circumstances require his presence on the field. That study will continue beyond Sunday and the 49ers have a bye in Week 11 that would give Garoppolo more time to get things down.

That time could also allow left tackle Joe Staley to return to the lineup from an orbital fracture, something that would be helpful when it comes to keeping Garoppolo (or Beathard) upright long enough to run the plays from that playbook. And that would be helpful to the 49ers because, promises or not, seeing Garoppolo in action seems like a must before deciding if he’s getting the keys to the offense beyond this year.

34 responses to “Kyle Shanahan not making promises on when Jimmy Garoppolo will play

  1. Would be the best coaching decision he’s made all year. Tank for top 2 pick. Trade down a few spots to some desperate team in need of QB (i.e. prob the dumb jets) and draft Saquon Barkley.

  2. What’s worst that happens to 9’ers if they play the guy? Lose some games? They do that already. All the “experienced” guys under current regime have no experience beyond losing. Is all that experience really a good thing to keep tossing out on the scantly-watched Levi field?

  3. I see the comments about fleecing a qb needy team for their draft pick. I’m worried my Browns, the joke of the league, will be that team. Then again they have no wins so they should have the #1 pick.

  4. 1. The terminology is completely different than what he know’s from New England

    2.An O-Line that was bad when fully health is currently without its two best Tackles in Trent Brown and Joe Staley.

    No sense in rushing, only to get him killed. Then you truly wonder what you had with him this year.

    At least in the interim, the coaching staff can evaluate him in practice and perhaps when the tackles return, he’ll have his shot with 5-6 games remaining.

    Good business decision.

  5. abcisezas123 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    Because he really wants Cousins…
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    Garoppolo will be light years better than Cousins, and cost half as much.

  6. “Garoppolo will be light years better than Cousins, and coat half as much”

    Based on what? Kirk has been doing it for three years consistently and Jimmy has like one good game under his belt. For Niners fans sake I hope Garoppolo ends up being great but this is just dumb. And Garoppolo isn’t going to cost half as much because his contract is up.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    November 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Has there ever been a 3 years backup that went on to have success as a starting QB?

    Aaron Rodgers…

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Has there ever been a 3 years backup that went on to have success as a starting QB?

    Hmmm, see Rodgers, Aaron

  9. I can name two QB’S off the top of my head. Steve Young who backed up Montana for 4 seasons before becoming starter and Aaron Rodgers who backed up Favre for 3 seasons.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    “Has there ever been a 3 years backup that went on to have success as a starting QB?”

    – Len Dawson, Hall of Fame QB KC Chiefs spent 5 years as a backup in PITT and then CLEV

  11. “Trade a 2nd round pick for a guy who isn’t under contract for next year and not play him. This is very smart.”

    Actually not playing him the first couple weeks is very smart. Shanahan has one of the more complicated offenses in the league. Garrappollo knows none of the terminology yet, is just starting to go through the playbook and throwing him out there under those conditions is a recipe for failure and getting badly injured through not knowing what your Oline and the rest of the offense is doing.

    Giving him practice and study time till after the bye weeks makes enormous sense. At that point he should have a handle on enough of the playbook to play well and run the offense. Shanahan never said he wasn’t playing this year at all, just not likely to play immediately.

    As to not being under contract if the 9ers can’t come to terms with him they can franchise him for at last next season and see how it goes.

  12. Garappolo’s contract expires at the end of the year.

    So teams trading anything for him are getting an 8-game rental and then will have to decide if they want to let him walk, sign him to a long term deal or franchise him for around a 25 mil cap hit.

    I assume that knowing if the guy is willing to sign with you long term is critical before making such a deal. Apparently Garappolo is willing to sign in SF. Maybe he was not willing to sign in Cleveland, and if so who the heck would blame him.

  13. The 49ers of course need to figure out what they have with Garropolo – but there’s no sense in throwing him out there without a Left Tackle to get him killed.

    They might as well let him practice, stay safe, see what he has, continue to tank for the draft pick, and then give him some real game experience towards the end of the season

    Wish the Pats could have gotten a #1 for him but I think Belichick didn’t want him in the AFC – and certainly didn’t want him with the Jets or a division rival… and since Jimmy had shown he was a team player, Belichkick did him a solid by trading him early, and NOT sending him to the Browns

  14. Dumb move. They need to know what he is. All he is right now is hype. A couple of good games on a familiar and Superbowl winning team does not mean he can successfully make the transition to QB’ing the 49ers.

    That’s just a fact. Ignore it at your own peril.

    Now, he is as good a shot as anyone else they could get to do that, but until he does, it’s just guessing.

    He’ll be looking at about 15-20 million a year in any contract. They could franchise him, but that’s only going to make things worse in the long run.

    They need see what he can do, and use this as a tryout phase. If he’s hype, you don’t need to re-sign him, you can draft a QB at the top of the draft, or sign a FA… like Kirk Cousins.

    All that goes out the window if you don’t play him. You’ll still be guessing that he’s the guy, and won’t be able to sign Cousins or any other potential top flight free agent QB. They aren’t coming if JG is the anointed one. 49ers likely aren’t drafting one in the first couple days of the draft, if this is the case.

    The prudent move is to play him and see what he can do. You can’t be scared of an injury because of Staley’s injury, or that it is a lost season. It isn’t. Not if you definitively find your QB. Trading for him doesn’t do that. Playing and seeing if he IS, does that.

    I’m going to laugh my butt off if they screw this up.

  15. charger383 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    How long was Joe Thiesman behind Sonny J and Billy Kilmner?

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    Theisman played 3 years (started) in the CFL then went to the Redskins in ’74 where he sat and even returned punts while waiting for his shot. In ’78 became the starter.

  16. Kyle Shanahan is only in the NFL because of his father. He’s incompetent and his head coaching career in the NFL will be short lived. If lucky he’ll last 2 seasons as the 49’ers head coach

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    Has there ever been a 3 years backup that went on to have success as a starting QB?

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    lets see. aaron rodgers and steve young come to mind immediately. im sure there has been many others.

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    November 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Has there ever been a 3 years backup that went on to have success as a starting QB?

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    Do Patriots fans only know Patriots stuff?

  19. Do Patriots fans only know Patriots stuff?
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    … even that’s debatable.

  20. “I will laugh my butt off if Jimmy G leaves the dumpster fire in San Fran at the end of the season when he becomes a u.f.a.”

    They can franchise tag him. He is only leaving if the team no loner wants him.

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