Jimmy Garoppolo trying to live up to his expectations, not anyone else’s

AP

Jimmy Garoppolo, now fully healthy, is looking to stay that way and live up to his expectations.

His expectations.

Not those of fans or coaches or the 49ers front office or the $137.5 million contract.

“No pressure to live up to it,” the 49ers quarterback said in a phone interview Tuesday, while promoting Men’s Wearhouse’s annual Suit Drive, which provides gently used professional attire to those re-entering the workplace.

“It’s more I put pressure on myself to perform at a high level, regardless of the situation. I don’t know. It’s kind of something I was born with or whatever you want to call it. It’s the competitor in you. You want to go out there and perform at a high level. That’s why we put in all this time, to be honest. You have to. You can’t just throw the helmet out there and expect to get a W. You’ve got to earn it. That’s one of the great things about this league is nothing is given. You’ve got to earn everything you get.”

Now in his sixth season, Garoppolo is a veteran player. Having started only 10 games, Garoppolo is a young player.

Does he feel old or young in football years?

“There are moments of both, no doubt about it, especially when the rookies come in,” Garoppolo said. “That adds a whole other factor to it, them being younger than my younger brother. It’s fun. That’s what makes the locker room so great is there are so many different age groups, dynamics, people coming from all over the country. We all come together for one common goal. It’s pretty cool.”

Garoppolo, 27, has played enough that he is convinced he can become the quarterback the Patriots believed they were drafting in the second round in 2014 and the 49ers thought they were getting when they traded with New England to get him in 2017. Now, it’s a matter of doing it.

“But you have to go out there and prove it,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a league of you’re not going to be given anything. Whether you go out there and earn it, that’s up to you.”

41 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo trying to live up to his expectations, not anyone else’s

  1. “But you have to go out there and prove it,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a league of you’re not going to be given anything. Whether you go out there and earn it, that’s up to you.”

    I don’t know. It seems to me he has been given a lot ($137.5 million) without having earned it.

  2. He hasn’t been paid his entire contract yet. I suspect, like with most QB contracts, by the time it’s over with, he’ll be mid-pack in terms of pay. Will he end up worth it? I think he has what it takes if he can stay healthy. I don’t know that the team’s management, coaching, or roster are up to par just yet, though. We’ll see.

  3. He reminds me a lot of Rob Johnson. He was thought to be starter stuck as a backup behind a well established incumbent, given big money by another team for that potential he’d shown as a backup, and then struggled to stay on the field. We’ll see if it turns out better for Garoppolo and the 49ers than it did for Johnson and the Bills.

  4. Garoppolo gets more criticism for reasons completely out of his control than Sam Bradford ever did. And Bradford cost about $200M and 5 1st round picks. It’s nuts. Every opportunity he’s had to play football Garoppolo has been one of the best players on the field and his team has competed, or won, every game.

  5. The good news is he doesn’t have the proverbial “chip on his shoulders and will be trying to prove all the doubters wrong”. He still ain’t worth all the money given…yes GIVEN to him.

  6. I’m guessing he was also trying to live up to his own expectations when he lowered his shoulder for more yardage a foot from the sideline. Maybe try living up to the team’s expectations by playing a full season

  7. He will end up being traded back to the Patriots for a 6th or 7th rounder in a year or two, Belichick’s master plan. At least the 49ers only gave up a 2nd rounder to see what he is. Very few Patriot (including coaches) traded or free agents have played anywhere near the level they played for Belichick, most of them have really sucked ie Cassell.

  8. Well, he had better pick it up fast. The old man that some fools think should have been traded instead of Jimmy has already taken the Pats to two Super Bowls without Jimmy’s clipboard skills.

  9. There’s a lot to like about Jimmy Garoppolo. I just don’t know what it is.

  10. It usually takes a couple of seasons to fully recover. I wouldn’t expect him to have a strong 2019. Look for 2020 and see how he does

  11. Players sign a huge contract with the promise of exceptional results. It’s not about living up to your own expectations. It’s about fulfilling the contract you negotiated and signed because you convinced the Niners you were the real deal. You took the money; now earn it.

  12. It wasn’t his fault he was drafted by the Pats.
    It wasn’t his fault he carried a clip board.
    It wasn’t his fault for the 2016 shoulder.
    It wasn’t his fault for the trade.
    It wasn’t his fault for the contract.
    The ACL under that risk/reward situation? Yeah, a bit his fault.

    I’ve never understood the hatred for someone because they got injured.
    I understand people questioning a reasoning process that got the person into
    the injury situation. You can question whether he should have gotten paid like this.
    You can question the thought process of the people that paid him.

    But, Do any of you people knocking him, if in his shoes, would have nobly said
    “Aw shucks, I’m not worthy. Let’s signs for league minimum for 4 years. If I do
    well, maybe I’ll re-up for $3 million a year. Even one year at $3 million is more than the average person will see in a lifetime. Anything more would be embarrassing”?

  13. stucats says:
    July 11, 2019 at 8:07 am
    O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D!!!

    ———-

    I would almost say he’s yet to be rated. He hasn’t been on the field long enough.

  14. miabuttreeks says:
    July 11, 2019 at 12:49 am
    All these haters wish they have Groppy on their team. But they don’t.

    ————–

    Groppy?

  15. Does he have potential to be great? Sure, but right now his career looks like a case of being in the right place at the right time. Good for him I guess. The players generate the revenue, so they deserve it a lot more than the owners or league office employees.

    The trade to SF that led to his contract was based on 5.5 quarters of regular season play. He was good enough against Arizona in week 1 and lucky they missed a game-winning FG at the last minute. He played lights out against a hapless Miami team in week 2 before he was knocked out of the game. That’s it. Then he played well for a month of garbage time games in SF and their front office overreacted.

  16. jackedupboonie says:
    July 10, 2019 at 6:37 pm
    This is also a guy that thought it was cool to be seen in public with a porn actress.

    —————

    I think he can do what he wants in his personal time if he isn’t breaking the law. None of our business.

  17. His expectations are: Get back to me later for I’m still counting my money from heaven.

  18. I expect that he will be better than Aaron Rodgers, he will also be well liked by his family and teammates. Something A A Ron has not been able to do.

  19. dejal says:
    July 11, 2019 at 6:58 am
    It wasn’t his fault he was drafted by the Pats.
    It wasn’t his fault he carried a clip board.
    It wasn’t his fault for the 2016 shoulder.
    It wasn’t his fault for the trade.
    It wasn’t his fault for the contract.
    The ACL under that risk/reward situation? Yeah, a bit his fault.

    I’ve never understood the hatred for someone because they got injured.
    I understand people questioning a reasoning process that got the person into
    the injury situation. You can question whether he should have gotten paid like this.
    You can question the thought process of the people that paid him.

    But, Do any of you people knocking him, if in his shoes, would have nobly said
    “Aw shucks, I’m not worthy. Let’s signs for league minimum for 4 years. If I do
    well, maybe I’ll re-up for $3 million a year. Even one year at $3 million is more than the average person will see in a lifetime. Anything more would be embarrassing”?

    —————

    It’s not being a hater to call out that he’s had trouble staying on the field so far in his career.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s his fault or not, the best ability is often availability in the NFL. Gronk suffered the same criticism in his career. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t great.

  20. I’m sorry but you do have to live up to that contract. I get the play but your play just isn’t that great. Ancestry without proof on the field. You need to live up to the contract.

  21. miabuttreeks says:

    All these haters wish they have Groppy on their team. But they don’t.
    **************************************************************************
    LOL!!!…..Groppy?
    I would take Dak Prescott ANY DAY & twice on Sundays over Groppy, Dak has 33 career wins compared to Glass-opolo who only has 7 career wins.

  22. Niners without Jimmy 4-20
    Niners with Jimmy 6-2

    He hasn’t started a game he hasn’t competed in. He tore his ACL trying to get his team back within 1 score in a game that was an otherwise blow out.

    Yet people still don’t think he’s good.

    Ok.

  23. He is a really talented QB. Staying healthy is obviously the mot important factor. He has all the tools to be great in this league as he has put on display in the games he has played in.

  24. bullcharger says:
    July 11, 2019 at 9:54 am
    dejal says:
    July 11, 2019 at 6:58 am
    It wasn’t his fault he was drafted by the Pats.
    It wasn’t his fault he carried a clip board.
    It wasn’t his fault for the 2016 shoulder.
    It wasn’t his fault for the trade.
    ……

    —————

    It’s not being a hater to call out that he’s had trouble staying on the field so far in his career.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s his fault or not, the best ability is often availability in the NFL. Gronk suffered the same criticism in his career. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t great.

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    Some people knock the players character when they get injured. Those people are mentally unbalanced. A “They haven’t gotten their moneys worth,what with the injuries” would work.
    Look above, “He went on a date with a porn actress.” Yeah? And?

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