Jimmy Garoppolo struggles at 49ers’ minicamp

AP

Jimmy Garoppolo was outstanding in five games as the 49ers’ starting quarterback last season, but he has struggled on the practice field this week.

Garoppolo completed just 8 of 20 passes at one minicamp practice, according to the Press Democrat, and head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged the offense didn’t look good.

“If I was just the offensive coordinator, I would have been very upset. Fortunately, I’m the head coach, so I was happy with the defense. I thought the offense, we came out just sluggish. We couldn’t get the cadence right and we started practice that way. Guys can see how that trickles down and kind of ruins an entire practice,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan put a positive spin on Garoppolo’s struggles.

“I like to see Jimmy make mistakes,” he said. “I like seeing him come in and work on it. I like seeing him correct what he messed up two days ago. He felt the mistake. He understood why it was wrong and then he wants to correct it himself. I want him to understand it. Sometimes when things don’t work out, you learn. You’ve got to know the whys and that’s what allows you to have continued success over time.”

A few bad practices in June will not matter much when the games start in September. But the 49ers would surely prefer to see their highly paid franchise quarterback look sharp.

102 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo struggles at 49ers’ minicamp

  1. He was lousy,, at times in Patriot off-season work. Maybe y’all anointed him to fast. Just kidding. Jimmy is a great kid and should do well, though I still think he has a lot to prove and has been slathered with announting oul ( and huge money) Way too fast. That is why I did not make sense to keep him.

  2. You know its June when this makes headlines. It’s minicamp. Of course guys are going to make mistakes, Things are supposed to look bad right now. Once he screws up and loses a game then this should become news.

    Coming from a Seahawks fan.

  3. Dam……?? Guess everyone outside off Pats Nation was right….we should have dumped the GREATEST OF ALL TIME….LMAO

  4. Timing and routes aren’t easy things to get down immediately. I’d only be concerned if the guys didn’t seem to be working hard to get them right.

  5. Can any Santa Clara fan answer this question correctly?

    Who was the coach the last time the Santa Clara’s beat the Seahawks?

    Anyone?

    I can’t remember either lol

  6. not surprising, he won a bunch of meaningless games and all of a sudden he is this great qb who was well over paid. That’s what they get for taking Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers

  7. Shanahan put a positive spin on Garoppolo’s struggles.

    “I like to see Jimmy make mistakes,” he said.
    **********************************************************************************
    Shanahan’s going to be really happy when the season starts.

  8. This is exactly the time of year to go 8-20. Similarly in Foxboro after coming out and playing like a boss on day one, even the goat had a couple of consecutive bad days himself.

    if one needs to improve….they practice.

  9. Warning…..when you take a back up QB’s from NE, they never truly do better than average.

    Now Jimmy might change all that, but I sure would have liked to see him play a full season before making him one of the top paid Qb’s

  10. Didn’t Jimmy G just line up against backups essentially all 5 games? 5 wins again CHI (awful), HOU (no Watson or Watt or several other key starters), TEN (halfway decent), JAX (already clinched their division and had nothing to play for), and LA (rested all of their starters).

    His 5 games might as well have been preseason games. We’ll see the real Jimmy G this season.

  11. Lowering expectations will help the shock when JG loses his first game, whenever that happens? If you watch the press and listen to the SF fans, it appears SF is expected to go undefeated.

  12. Th 49ers won their last 5 games in a row in large part because they were playing against teams that were tanking for draft position and teams that were resting their starters for the playoffs. Every signifigant Rams starter sat out in week 17. Santa Clara will finish 3rd behind Seattle and L.A

  13. Didn’t he have a rep as a bad practice player in New England? That was something I noted when that scrub was comparing him to Brady in their practices from when they were teammates there too. One thing everyone in SF needs to worry about though is that he threw a lot of interceptions in his few starts.

  14. I think Jimmy G will have a good, not great year. Maybe a pro bowl replacement type. Niners, possibly 8-8. Man, he did get a ton of money, though.

  15. It’s practice so let’s not get our panties in a bunch, but for the same people saying ‘Pats got fleeced in this trade’ let’s just see what the Pats get out of their second rounder and also how Jimmy does this year before we declare a ‘winner’ of the trade.

    Hopefully the Pats landed themselves a hell of a CB for years to come and Jimmy turns into the Franchise QB the Niners hoped for. Win for everyone.

  16. As a Pats fan, I’m pulling for Jimmy….but I can’t have him ever sniffing Brady’s echelon or that’ll be a gut-wrenching trade in a few years when Brady hangs it up. I’m not sweating if I’m a Niners fan though, I think this kid will at worst be a solid NFL starter. Love the intangibles, kid is a great leader. San Francisco could become pretty dangerous if they get a team around him.

  17. These comments are laughable. The whole league saw the guy rip it up when it counts. Its practice. They practice stuff.

  18. “Not ‘The Real’ Jimmy G” is going to struggle because he was never a QB1 to begin with.
    – “The Real” Jimmy G (Jimmy Graham)

  19. In the years past he was there for the unofficial qb/receiver camps Brady held away from the team. In those he was picking up extra reps and good help from a guy who has proven he knows the role. So I hope it doesnt turn out he misses that. If it does then he might want to consider holding some of those camps himself. Its really not a bad thing to do and no reason that has to be limited to just Brady doing it. (Actually I think a few other qbs do) But also, this was just early pre season so far from time to draw any conclusions. I recall he had a few bad practices with the Pats too.

  20. Nothing to worry about. He was this way his whole time with the Patriots. Below average in practice – ready to ball when it’s go time. We got used to it in New England.

  21. “We talking about practice.. we’re not sitting here talking about a game, we’re talking about practice..”

    In football there have always been practice warriors and those who struggle in practice but come alive on the field during a game.

  22. therealraider says:
    June 15, 2018 at 8:52 am
    Th 49ers won their last 5 games in a row in large part because they were playing against teams that were tanking for draft position and teams that were resting their starters for the playoffs. Every signifigant Rams starter sat out in week 17. Santa Clara will finish 3rd behind Seattle and L.A

    ———–

    The Jaguars and Titans were tanking? Yeah…..ok…..

  23. When are the children going to give up on the “clara” stuff. As many have mentioned in the past, several teams don’t actually play in the exact location of their namesakes. The Jets and Giants don’t even play in NY. Give it up already, kids.

  24. Just gotta love the comments and narratives here.

    — Not a single starter rested in the Titans or Jaguars game. In particular, anyone who watched the Niners/Jags games knows that the Jax D gave it their full effort.

    — Seahawk fans are already showing that this year they will be reduced to trying to figure out which team they hate more, the Niners or the Rams, as they’re own team is circling the drain on the way to irrelevance.

    — OTA’s/mini-camp practices mean nothing, other than looking at the team’s depth chart to figure out where players stand in terms of starting, making the 53, etc.

  25. I see all the salty Pat fan twisting themselves into pretzels to convince themselves that they really didn’t make the biggest mistake their franchise has ever made when they traded Garoppolo to the Niners.

    Whatever helps you sleep at night I guess.

  26. Gotta love all the bitter patriots fans acting like one bad practice justifies the patriots decision to dump Jimmy for next to nothing. What the article fails to mention is a couple practice’s before that he was shredding the defense in the red zone and throwing dimes all over the field. Make no mistake the boy is good.

  27. Not true. NFL legend, Cassius Marsh, has specifically told us he has fun and JimmyG would shred defenses.

    We just heard this about 10 days ago.

    Get it right.

  28. Braz says:
    June 15, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I see all the salty Pat fan twisting themselves into pretzels to convince themselves that they really didn’t make the biggest mistake their franchise has ever made when they traded Garoppolo to the Niners.

    Whatever helps you sleep at night I guess.
    —————————————————-

    I’ve yet to talk to a Pat’s fan who thought we should have dumped Brady. And sorry- even Bill doesn’t have the gravitas to do that.

    Braz- please explain a scenario how the Pat’s could have retained Jimmy G.- They offered him several deals which he declined.

    Does it ever occur to anyone that with Brady and Jimmy sharing an agent that he had the upper hand in negotiations?

    Does it ever occur to anyone that maybe Jimmy wanted to get PAID, and might not want to be the QB who follows Brady?

    Pat’s fans loved Jimmy G.and wish him well, and many of us are following the Niners to see how he does.

    And I assure you, Pat’s fans have NO trouble “sleeping at night”! Jeez- it’s an article about how a FORMER Patriot had a bad practice!

    In regards to the above article, as has been stated several times Jimmy G. was known to have bad practices, and I don’t remember last year anyone complaining about it.

  29. I can see it now. Sherman on crutches yelling from the side line. “You Suck!” That should get ole Jimmy back on track because former all pro’s yelling at their QB’s is the definition of teamwork.

  30. seabrawk12 says:
    June 15, 2018 at 6:00 am
    Super Bowl bound right?

    —————————————————–

    Lol ahhh the sensational headline worked. One bad helmet and shorts PRACTICE in JUNE, and all these nerds are ready to throw confetti over their own heads.

  31. YESSSS, let’s all have a deep dive discussion and analysis of Jimmy Garapolo’s bad mini camp practice. LETS ALL FREAK OUT NOW

  32. When it’s money time, Jimmy won’t struggle. Everybody will have some bad games, but 9ers fans don’t need to worry.

  33. The Pats got more than people think for Garoppolo. After all the wheeling and dealing of the original pk, they ended up with a 6th rnd LB, the ammo to move up to #56 and draft Duke Dawson, as well as the Bears 2019 2nd rnd pk and Detroit’s 3rd rnd pk in’19. Those two pks together will probably have the value of a late 1rst rnd pk and allow the Pats to get in position to draft almost any QB next year. They probably shoulda traded JG last offseason for max value, but there was no way they coulda kept him. Unless they traded the GOAT, current MVP and Kraft’s other son(don’t be ridiculous).

  34. All these commenters quick to jump all over Jimmy Garoppolo have apparently never read the Press Democrat writer this article is referring to. He’s negative and knee jerk about everyone on the team. If someone is doing great but has even one bad practice, he immediately declares them as terrible. Then, when they perform well again, he just pretends he never said it. No informed fan takes him seriously, nor do I suspect the other SF beat writers take him seriously either. There sure are a lot of bitter Seahawk fans on here though. I’d be sad too if I knew my one year dynasty was over and my team was about to finish in last place.

  35. You do realize you’re all talking about practice, right? And not just practice, but minicamp… You know, where players are learning things for the first time and trying to improve and in doing so can make mistakes early on and hopefully are learning from those mistakes. As a fan, my response to this potential doom and gloom is that it figures. The only people I see that are making it such a big deal are fans of rival teams who are praying and hoping it’s all true… That Jimmy G is nothing more than hype. My question is, why are you so concerned? Maybe you’re a little scarred. Otherwise what do you care, he’s not on your team?

    Go Niners!

  36. It’s only June so people need to relax. With that being said I think the Rams are too tough and will win the division again.

  37. Patriots fans are just Mad they got rid of their franchise quarterback,and grandpa brady and always injured gronk is not at camp and is instead grinding up against Shaquille O’Neal while dancing on stage! And for all you troll Raiders fans I would look at your team and your quarterback before leaving any comment!

  38. thegreatjimbrown says:
    June 15, 2018 at 10:40 am
    There will be a ton of focus on Jimmy and on Kirk this year. Both got top dollar and now get to prove they were worth it.

    ——–
    Jimmy has never lost a game…..Kirk cannot win a game against a team with a winning record.

    See the difference?

  39. — Seahawk fans are already showing that this year they will be reduced to trying to figure out which team they hate more, the Niners or the Rams, as they’re own team is circling the drain on the way to irrelevance.

    Hey Harris, watch the Hawks knock the Niners of California’s blocks off while they are circling the drain!

  40. lol this is why people hate the media. and this is also why people hate fickle fans. soooo many posters in here are jumping all over this yet they downplayed his stellar play with a below average team vs NFL playoff teams last year.

    The hypocrisy :D. Does anyone actually think this guy wont be great?

  41. I’m not sure OTAs are a good way to judge a veteran. That being said I’ll be rooting for him to fail miserably.

  42. Nice Kick Norwood-it’s still wide right says:

    June 15, 2018 at 6:36 am

    but but but…I thought he was their next Montana?? most overpaid player in the history of the NFL, nothing but a pretty boy, which those Santa Clara fans love
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    You should try and get a job Joe instead of creating new usernames day after day. Try it, you just might like it.

  43. 6 TDs and 5 INTs in 5 starts doesn’t justify all the hype and money being thrown Jimmy’s way. I’m old school; I call somebody great after they actually show they are great.

  44. nwofolife says:
    June 15, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Can any Santa Clara fan answer this question correctly?

    Who was the coach the last time the Santa Clara’s beat the Seahawks?

    Anyone?

    I can’t remember either lol
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    Harbaugh.

  45. stucats says:

    June 15, 2018 at 6:37 am

    OVERRATED AND OVERPAID, THAT’S A BAD COMBINATION FOR “CLARA”

    LOL. will be twice as good as the poor man’s cowpoke game manager Dak Prescott will ever be. Prescott will never amount to anything. Alex Smith looks dynamic playing next to Dak Prescott, lol

  46. ninernation81 says:
    June 15, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Patriots fans are just Mad they got rid of their franchise quarterback…
    ——————————————–

    Breaking News!

    Tom Brady, the Patriots franchise qb, is still on the Patriots.

    And why make this about Pats fans who are overwhelmingly supportive of Garoppolo on this site, and this thread?

  47. When Seachicken fans are trolling, you can bet they are desperate. nwofolife for instance is just another delusional Seachicken fan. They spent years talking about a “dynasty” and came up with ONE RING. What a joke. Now they are trolling the Niners. I guess they’ll have to get used to fighting the Cardinals for THIRD PLACE in the division.

  48. Well, this is the time to iron out the nuances of a complex scheme. Granted that it’s his first off season, it’s par for the course.

    Honestly asking, when certain people like to call them “Santa Clara” 49ers instead of SAN Francisco – is that meant to be an insult? Even the casual observer knows that many teams across all sports don’t necessarily play in the city that the team is named after. Even still, why is “Santa Clara” supposed to a shot at them? It’s a great area in and of itself. If that’s the best that can be said, okay then. It doesn’t really hurt anyone’s feelings but have at it!

  49. gimmeabruschi says:
    June 15, 2018 at 11:56 am
    6 TDs and 5 INTs in 5 starts doesn’t justify all the hype and money being thrown Jimmy’s way. I’m old school; I call somebody great after they actually show they are great.

    ——-

    True…..and his 78 QBR isn’t spectacular either. But here is the thing, he took a team that could not win a game and led them to 5 straight wins…..two (Jax/Tenn) against playoff teams still playing for something. Winning is all that matters. And Jimmy looks like a winner.

  50. The OC needs to leave him ALONE! Jimmy came to the 49ers carrying the Patriots training, first thing that awful coaching staff has don is un-train him and re teach him to fail.. JUST WOW!

  51. raidernation210 says:
    June 15, 2018 at 7:16 am
    not surprising, he won a bunch of meaningless games and all of a sudden he is this great qb who was well over paid. That’s what they get for taking Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yeah, because it was a 100% guarantee that Rodgers would have been the same player going to SF, in a different system, and not sitting behind Favre for several years learning. That analysis is spot on 🙄

  52. One sub par practice and the haters are out in full force. Depending on what you read, it sounds more like the d played good than Jimmy played bad. If the season started today I MIGHT be concerned. Probably not really though…

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