Kyle Shanahan: Fun to watch Jimmy Garoppolo lead us to a win

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The 49ers didn’t rush quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into the starting lineup after the late October trade that sent him from New England to Santa Clara and his first start proved to be worth the wait.

Garoppolo couldn’t get the 49ers into the end zone, but he moved the team into position for five field goals in a 15-14 road win over the Bears. The last of them came as time expired at the tail end of a drive that started with 5:37 to play on the 49ers’ 7-yard-line and coach Kyle Shanahan said he enjoyed watching Garoppolo work in those circumstances.

“I thought it was a good first start,” Shanahan said. “He handled the offense well. He definitely moved the chains. It’ll be fun to go back and watch the tape. … For his first time doing it, especially without being here [all season], it was pretty impressive. It was fun to watch him do some real good things, and it was fun to watch him lead us to a win.”

The team will obviously need to get into the end zone to keep winning games and there’s room for improvement across the board, but you could do a lot worse when it comes to encouraging starts than the one Garoppolo provided on Sunday.

29 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Fun to watch Jimmy Garoppolo lead us to a win

  1. Pretty uneventful win, Jimmy looked decent and he doesn’t have much help. I really think the only issue with Garoppolo is going to be if he can remain healthy. Dude is sort of frail, but I think he is the same size as Joe Montana… Who knows I hope he does well and is not another piece of back-up QB fools gold. Scott Mitchell, Matt Cassel, Brian Hoyer, and I can’t think of anymore but you know what I am saying…

  2. I’m a believer in this kid. Good trade by a team that I can’t stand. Better than any of those shlubs coming out in the draft. Now build around him and you got something there, Santa Clara.

  3. ragejet says:

    Dude is sort of frail
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    Frail? Based on what? Being small at 6′-2″ and 225? The the hit by Alonso? Go look at the hit. It’s on youtube. He put himself in position to get his shoulder mashed and he said afterwards he learned from it not to set himself up again like that. Take a lap.

  4. I really think the only issue with Garoppolo is going to be if he can remain healthy. Dude is sort of frail, but I think he is the same size as Joe Montana… Who knows
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    Thanks to the internet, I know! Jimmy G is 6’2″ 225. Joe Montana was 6’2″ 205. Jimmy G is the exact same size as Aaron Rogers. The internet makes it easy to look up all kinds of curious things.

  5. Slow your roll Kyle, it was only the Bears and you didn’t even score a TD. But winning is definitely better than losing no matter how you do it.

  6. It was good strategy to give this kid his first start against the Bears. It was a good warm up game. Now the 49ers will be able to evaluate the rest of the roster. That’s tough to do when you’re not getting good QB play. Remember, Lynch and Shanahan signed 6 year deals. Their goals are to turn this team around. That doesn’t happen overnight.

  7. It was good strategy to give this kid his first start against the Bears. It was a good warm up game.
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    Jimmy G was born in Arlington Heights Ill. He also played his college ball at Eastern Ill. SF having him start his 49er career in his home state was probably sort of by design.

    The sports media is not as observant as it once was.

  8. factschecker says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:34 am
    It was good strategy to give this kid his first start against the Bears. It was a good warm up game.
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    Jimmy G was born in Arlington Heights Ill. He also played his college ball at Eastern Ill. SF having him start his 49er career in his home state was probably sort of by design.

    The sports media is not as observant as it once was.

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    Being observant – Garrapolo’s first start was coincidentally the very next week after the starter got hurt. Might have had something to do with the timing?

  9. Being observant – Garrapolo’s first start was coincidentally the very next week after the starter got hurt. Might have had something to do with the timing?
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    If starter is what you want to call CJ Beathard. OK. If you feel the plan was to trade a 2nd so Jimmy could mentor CJ then OK. But I’m going to disagree. I feel this was just part of the plan. I don’t think there was any coincidences to the plan.

  10. doctorrustbelt says:
    December 4, 2017 at 10:32 am
    0 td – 1 int – 1 fumble

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    As a Patriots he went

    1 td – 0 int – 0 fumble
    3 td – 0 int – 0 fumble

    Now if only Kyle Shanahan could copy the Patriots system, Jimmy will be alright.

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    December 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    doctorrustbelt says:
    December 4, 2017 at 10:32 am
    0 td – 1 int – 1 fumble

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    As a Patriots he went

    1 td – 0 int – 0 fumble
    3 td – 0 int – 0 fumble

    Now if only Kyle Shanahan could copy the Patriots system, Jimmy will be alright.

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    Too bad Jimmy G is taking over the 5th worst offense in football and led 5 scoring drives. Other than that, your point would stick.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    December 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    doctorrustbelt says:
    December 4, 2017 at 10:32 am
    0 td – 1 int – 1 fumble

    ——-

    As a Patriots he went

    1 td – 0 int – 0 fumble
    3 td – 0 int – 0 fumble

    Now if only Kyle Shanahan could copy the Patriots system, Jimmy will be alright

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    Shanahan’s “system” produced the NFC Champion’s fantastic offense and the NFL MVP last year.

  13. Jimmy G! The man! He lead the one win 49’ers to their second win against the Bears, by one point, at home. If this isn’t an indicator of a Hall of Fame career I don’t know what is!

  14. He got the team into the end zone the first time he touched the ball, in the Seattle game, remember? Therefore he can definitely do it. No need to worry about that. He moved the chain a lot better than Jeff Garcia did. Jeff Garcia may look good in one series but he will almost always look bad in the next series. Garoppolo moved the ball consistently the entire game, against a pretty good defense too.

  15. Garoppolo is a better QB than Alex Smith, especially when you need a last minute drive to win the game. Smith failed yesterday to lead the Chiefs on a comeback, and that is consistent with what he had done ever since he started out with the 49ers. 9 out of ten times, with the game on the line, Smith has failed in his career. That was why Harbaugh gave up on Smith and went with Kap.

  16. Better than the Kap, and Shanahan is a very good coach. Congrats Niners. Your future looks much brighter.

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