John Lynch on Jimmy Garoppolo: We don’t need to play him right away

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The 49ers have a week off and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is sticking around the team’s facility to continue the work on learning the offensive scheme that started when he was acquired in a trade with the Patriots.

That should help Garoppolo catch up, but it won’t necessarily lead to coach Kyle Shanahan starting him in Week 12 when the 49ers return to action and that’s not an issue for General Manager John Lynch. During an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, Lynch said that there’s no rush to see Garoppolo in action now in order to make a judgment about his future with the team.

“We know what we like about Jimmy Garoppolo. And that’s only been strengthened by the time that’s he’s been here,” Lynch said. “We’re just going to let these things play out. That’s in Kyle’s hands. People have had all these ideas about why we got Jimmy. We got Jimmy because we think he has big-time ability at the quarterback position. And we believe so much – to get where we need to get – you have to have a franchise quarterback. We think he’s got that ability. Whether that happens, when that happens, we’ll see. But we certainly like his future with the 49ers. … They’re going to work hard during this week to get him up to speed. But right now, we don’t need him. C.J. [Beathard] just played a great game and his teammates really believe in him. We think it’s nothing but a good situation.”

It seems more likely than not that the 49ers will see Garoppolo in action before the year is out, but they continue to make it clear that they aren’t going to speed up the process for a player they hope to have running their offense for many years to come.

57 responses to “John Lynch on Jimmy Garoppolo: We don’t need to play him right away

  1. Don’t need to play him until he is completely frustrated, and wants out of SF. Being behind Tom Brady is one thing, being behind C.J. Beathard is totally different.

  2. Right away? He was traded for in October and their next game isn’t until the 26th of NOVEMBER.

    Last I checked, when a team picks up or trades for a QB in mid-season, they usually wait a week, maybe 2. This will be almost a full month and the benefit of a bye.

    Thus even using the words ‘right away’ is well, completely wrong.

    Meanwhile they have to find out whether or not he’s worth a 100+ million dollar contract, or they just wasted a 2nd round pick.

    Why not see what he has against the Seahawks. See if he can’t exploit a hole created by Sherman’s departure.

  3. If they start him, he might do well and cost them draft position. Better to tank it out. In fact, Kaepernick might get back on the team or in the league if he marketed himself this way. “I promise you a top 5 pick the following year or your filthy capitalist money back.”

  4. They aren’t going to get much of an evaluation by playing a QB that isn’t familiar with the offense, best to get him up to speed first rather than put him at risk. It’s not as though there’s only one game left on their schedule.

  5. Nobody here is qualified to comment on this so let Kyle Shanahan do his thing. Whatever his timetable is for Jimmy G we’ll roll with it.

    I personally think we should play CJ and see if we can develop him into a solid starter and build up value for him Incase the 49ers decide to trade him in the future.

    Let Jimmy G see how the offensive system works from the sidelines and film room.

    Joe Montana did that in 1992 with Mike Shanahan’s Offense and when he got in the game at the end of year he had that offense was running like a welll oilied machine. Actually we probably would have won the super bowl that year if Joe was the starting QB….but I digress.

  6. Lynch will out think himself on this. He gave up a low 30’s pick for Jimmy’s rights and now weighing how best to move forward with their equity. Do they want to parlay him into a first or sign him long term?? Whatever the choice…..in their mind, it’s better to hide him from public view.

  7. They do have to play him. CJ Bethard is under team control and is going nowhere. They need to take a test drive with Garrappolo for the last 6 games. It Doesn’t have to be perfect but they should be able to see if they want to invest in him. I’d be shocked if he were not in there after the bye against Seattle.

  8. Those idiots will throw him to the wolves against the Seattle defense. If Jimmy is smart, he won’t sign a deal with San Francisco and wait to see where Josh McDaniels ends up as HC. His best case scenario is working with McDaniels and going to NY Giants. McDaniels will run the Patriots offense in NY with the advantage of having Beckham. Of course, SF could franchise him and play him, but they are better off seeing what they have. CJ Beathard’s snaps aren’t beneficial to anyone right now.

  9. Jimmy Garoppolo has skills, however it is easy to emulate watching the best. I’d like to see:

    1. Jimmy get under center on the Niners to see how he prepares on his own(or with the niners staff)

    2.Jimmy’s a bit petite for a NFL QB. New England Needed him for 4 games he made it to the end of 2 games.

    3.He is a mobile QB and he better make some good business decisions if he takes off on a run. If I am John Lynch I would hire Ricky Henderson as Garoppolo’s Slide coach.

    4. I will bet cash/money Jimmy doesn’t make it through a full 16 game season. Yes I think he is a Mary…

  10. Why would a smart team franchise TAG a QB, making him one of top 5 QB rates paid when he hasn’t proven anything in your offense and on your team or any offense or team for that matter. It is just VERY BAD BUSINESS. The tag should be rarely used for QB’s. Who wants to give a QB all that leverage like stupid Washington did with Cousins. It is stupid business. The kid could turn out to be a barracuda wanting every penny instead of a team friendly fair deal! And then what are you going to do? Be stuck for the next 3 years franchising a greedy guy? YOU CANNOT GIVE THIS GUY THAT KIND OF LEVERAGE AGAINST YOU. You only tag a QB who is a proven guy like Rodgers, Brady, etc. with SB rings, count them. That tag will then be something the QB does not want and he will want to make a deal with the team. If you overpay a guy who was willing to play for $900K and has not seen that kind of money a top tier tag, then you will give them too much leverage and possibly end up with a bad team situation and won’t be able to sign the guy until the tag options of three years expires and then he will still be free to move on. DONT TAG GARROP!!!!

  11. I suspected the first time I heard this idea that the Niners had no intention of keeping Garoppolo, they want him as a trade chip or extra leverage against Cousins. This simply reinforces my suspicions. If it makes no sense to play him now, when will it make sense? When the team is 1-13 and no one cares any more? When injuries will only pile up and there’s only backups playing? Or when a possible injury can affect Garoppolo into next training camp or longer?

    IMO, the Niners are simply preserving Garoppolo’s trade value. They know that if he plays and is just average or if he gets injured, teams will not trade for him if he is franchised. Simple as that.

  12. I agree with Lynch 100% on this. Lynch and Shanahan received 6 year contracts, not 6 week contracts. They were hired to do things right. C.J. Beathard just played a good game. He’s been working hard and is showing lots of improvement. The 49ers just won their first game. If you bench Beathard right after that win, that doesn’t do you any good long term. Joe Montana didn’t even get in a game his first season. He played a little bit his second season. He won the super bowl his third season. I don’t even know if Garoppolo is any good, but the 49ers must feel confident in their evaluation process. You can’t really pressure Lynch to do things the wrong way, just because Trent Baalke put them in such a big hole. Lynch hasn’t proven anything yet. Garaoppolo might end up being less than an average QB. Then you can bring the hammer down on Lynch, but at least judge him on his own work. Look at the Cleveland Browns. They are in a deep hole, so they keep putting pressure on the new guy, and the new guy gets forced into doing things the wrong way. The Browns are not the organization to pattern yourself after.

  13. Poor Jimmy…he’s been an understudy for *years* now. And now he’s on a one win team with a starting qB QB who is definitely not the future. Why keep Jimmy on ice any longer? I suspect the answer is close to Greg Falco’s speculations directly above my comment.

  14. 49ersfury says:
    November 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    Nobody here is qualified to comment on this so let Kyle Shanahan do his thing. Whatever his timetable is for Jimmy G we’ll roll with it.

    I personally think we should play CJ and see if we can develop him into a solid starter and build up value for him Incase the 49ers decide to trade him in the future.

    Let Jimmy G see how the offensive system works from the sidelines and film room.
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    So basically you’re saying they should franchise Garoppolo and pay him $25+M next year, sign him to a huge contract, or let him leave without having seen him take a single snap in your system.
    Sounds reasonable.

  15. I hope and pray this is to lower the expectation of jimmy’s agent… buy not declaring him the future, we may not have to guarantee him 2 yrs worth of franchise tag money up front.

  16. abcisezas123 says:
    November 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm
    They really want Cousins. Trade him straight up to the Redskins for Cousins.

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    Why do people keep saying this. Cousins can’t win anything.

  17. Why is this confusing to anyone? The 49ers are all but eliminated. If they believe in Jimmy then why would they risk getting him injured in a lost season, especially when they’re set to get some high draft picks to help him out next year.

  18. ayokel21 says:
    November 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm
    Jimmy isn’t going anywhere. He’ll be with the Niners next year. Whether they sign him beyond that is another matter.

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    As a Patriots fan it’s amazing to see some of the different opinions on here. Garoppolo is going to be a great player. His only issue may be his ability to avoid injury, but he can outright play. He’s going to be great for the 49ers for a long time in my opinion.

    I didn’t think he was going to be the next Brady, but I did think he could do what Steve Young did after Montana. I was sad to see him go.

  19. ragejet says:

    November 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Jimmy Garoppolo has skills, however it is easy to emulate watching the best. I’d like to see:
    2.Jimmy’s a bit petite for a NFL QB. New England Needed him for 4 games he made it to the end of 2 games
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    Exact same size as Aaron Rogers

  20. Brobokil says:
    November 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Why is this confusing to anyone? The 49ers are all but eliminated. If they believe in Jimmy then why would they risk getting him injured in a lost season, especially when they’re set to get some high draft picks to help him out next year.
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    I’m not sure who’s actually confused here. You realize he’s a free agent at the end of the year right?

    I don’t think it’s unreasonable for people to wonder if investing 10’s of millions of dollars on a guy who hasn’t taken a snap in your system, especially when he in on your team now and available, is the greatest idea in the world.

  21. Yeah, all the self proclaimed experts. Don’t give a QB time to learn the system. Rush him in just so they have something else to complain about. They NEED fresh meat. Manziel had to use a wrist band but Kyle doesn’t normally do that because it’s an indication the QB doesn’t know the plays well enough. Jimmy G didn’t have a playbook in college.

  22. He’s got to play at some point this season because franchising him without playing him first would be totally bizarre. Nothing wrong with giving him ample time to settle in and learn the system.

  23. The 49ers are facing a few basic realities. (1) Garappolo does play, plays well and teams have another opportunity to look at a guy who will become a free agent and the market is high for him. They end up in a Kirk-Cousins-like franchise tag hell, paying him $20M a year (2) He plays poorly and the team loses any long term momentum, he falls off the radar and they have to go find another potential franchise QB. (3) He doesn’t play at all, the market is soft since no one has seen him since the preseason with a Patriots team that is known for high performing backup QB’s who do nothing else afterwards. In this scenario, the best for the 49ers, they are able to lock him up long term for $10-12M a year. This is why the 49ers will likely keep him from playing this year. A 4th possibility is that the Redskins and 49ers have already agreed to a deal to sign and swap Kirk Cousins for Garoppolo over the offseason. This would mean the teams already have negotiated these deals with the players. It’s a long shot but tactically, a good one since it gives the 49ers Kirk Cousins without him hitting the open market and it gives the Redskins a QB to replace him.

  24. The 49ers have plenty of options. They have the highest cap-carry-over $$ of all the teams and franchising Jimmy won’t be a big deal. They are about to roll $100m+ into next season. What’s 25 going to hurt?

    I see big moves coming this off season, regardless if Jimmy plays this year – which he will.

  25. The 49ers have a pretty good situation right now. I think John Lynch is going to get it turned around out there I really do. You have to be PATIENT and have to think LONG TERM when doing a rebuild like what they’re doing. Think about this for a second? They traded a second round pick to NE to get Jimmy G. They have identified and studied this man extensively and decided that he has the potential to be their franchise QB. Lynch even said as much.

    “Jimmy is a player we have researched extensively since Kyle [Shanahan] and I joined the 49ers,” general manager John Lynch said. “I am extremely pleased this came together today and we all think it is a big win for our organization.”

    Sometimes you have to do things outside of the box or take the road less traveled in order to gain success. Everyone and their mom wants Jimmy G in the lineup. Understandable. You want to see what the goods on the field. But does he actually NEED to? The answer is no. The 49ers are in a good spot because C.J. is getting very valuable reps as a rookie. He’s making his mistakes, but he’s also having some successes as well. He’s learning. They just got their first win of the season. Let him keep getting those live valuable game reps and let him develop. You’re planning for Jimmy to be your franchise so start planning the game plan NOW in preparation for that. Start thinking about the future of your O line and receivers and backs and the pieces that will make him thrive. Leave C.J. right where he is: playing and learning. Jimmy can learn and soak everything in from behind the scenes and really master the playbook and hit ground running in the offseason. Best case scenario is C.J continues to learn and play well and will remain a nice backup for JG or possibly be able to be flipped into another pick etc. No need in bringing your potential franchise QB into a 1-9 season. Let him start the off season firmly in place as the QB of the future. Voluntary minicamp, rookie minicamps, OTA’s, mandatory minicamp, training camp and preseason will all be Jimmy G. Use the draft and free agency to build around him and address as many needs and holes as you can. That seems like a good plan to me.

  26. Let me see if I understand this. The Pats sent their 3rd string, 2cnd year in the league QB to the Colts, 8 days later he’s starting. But the Pats send thier 2cnd string, 4th year in the league QB to the 49ers and they don’t know if he will play a month later?
    I fully understand it takes a while to even grasp the language of a new offence let alone learn the plays. This is why you find what he’s comfortable with, slap a wrist-band on him then expand his playbook every week. If he isn’t ready for a skinny playbook by now….oh boy there could be trouble. Smart is more important that physically gifted at the QB position.

  27. This delay is all about LANGUAGE – For the better part of 4 years Garapollo has been speaking Earhart-Perkins with a Patriot dialect. The version of the West Coast system Shanahan runs couldn’t be more different. Think of yourself as an English only speaker dropped into China and be expected to become a fluent speaker within a matter of weeks. Not happening.

    Give Jimmy 2 or 3 more weeks of preparation, and he MIGHT have developed enough of a grasp of the semantics of the SF offensive system to get on the field and show what he has as a player. But even then he will be FAR from fluent

    The Niners need at least 4 games to help make a judgement on what they traded for, but I hope they understand that there is no way that JG will have mastered the offense. His true test will be next season, and as a Pats fan who closely watched his development since he was drafted, I think that Niner fans will be happy with the results.

  28. Lynch taking a stupid move and exacerbating it. They’ll end up giving that 2nd rounder to have some other team overpay Garoppolo they way the Texans had to forfeit a pick to get rid of Osweiler, the last overhyped, seldom used backup growing overrated behind a legendary starter.

  29. This is amazing. Since Shanny and Lynch signed 20 year contracts…..they are ‘trying to do this right?’ Guys….this isn’t the 80’s. Fans want a winner in 1-2 years not 5-8.

  30. Not playing him may reduce the number of teams bidding for his services. That may allow them to sign him to a multi-year contract without overpaying him. It still won’t be cheap though as any quarterback projected to be a starter will be paid close to 20 mil a year.

  31. A quick search online shows the 9ers have given up 32 sacks and 82 QB hits already this season, 2nd worst in the league.

    Logic would say they want to protect Jimmy by keeping him off the field behind that horrendous line until he knows the offense well and has a fighting chance to survive.

    Logic might also indicate that could mean not even playing him this year and using a couple high round picks on Oline next draft to change that situation, or address it through free agency, or both.

  32. patsrthegreatest says:
    November 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    We already learned last season he owns Carson Palmer
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    I’m assuming you’re referring to the game that the Cards had won until Chandler Catanzaro shanked a gimme, game winning field goal? This is why Pats fans are so insufferable.

  33. People seem to be confused. Jimmy G will be a free agent at the end of the season. He doesn’t have to stay with the 49’s. He will never sign with them for $10-12 million. Its going to cost them $20 million plus to franchise him. Jimmy G is going to have some decent teams chasing him, why would he stay with a crappy team who won’t even give him a chance and its more than likely they will be a crappy team next year.

    I almost feel bad for Shanahan, his offense allowed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and now in November his new team has won just one game. That over 10 months of horrendous football.

  34. ragejet says:
    November 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Jimmy’s a bit petite for a NFL QB
    ———————————————————————————————————–
    Garappolo 6’2″ 225
    Drew Brees 6′ 209
    Kirk Cousins 6’3″ 202
    Derek Car 6’3″ 215
    Matthew Stafford 6’3″ 220
    Russell Wilson 5’11” 215
    Aaron Rodgers 6’2″ 225

  35. dangguy says:
    November 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    People seem to be confused. Jimmy G will be a free agent at the end of the season. He doesn’t have to stay with the 49’s. He will never sign with them for $10-12 million. Its going to cost them $20 million plus to franchise him. Jimmy G is going to have some decent teams chasing him, why would he stay with a crappy team who won’t even give him a chance and its more than likely they will be a crappy team next year.

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    Actually, it’s you who are confused. When was the last time a potential franchise QB reached free agency? That’s because they get the franchise tag. The Niners have it at their disposal and a ton of cap space. $25 mil is a drop in the bucket and a no-brainer. JG can not leave at the end of the year, unless said team is willing to fork over two first round picks. What’s confusing about this?

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