Jimmy Garoppolo says he purposely throws into coverage in preseason

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It’s been a preseason of ups and downs for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was absolutely terrible in his first game but much better in his second. Part of that is by design.

Garoppolo told KNBR that he likes trying things like throwing into coverage during the preseason to see how his receivers fight for the ball.

“A big part of that is it still being preseason, or in practice, you try things like that,” Garoppolo said, via NBCSportsBayArea.com. “You know, during a real game, you wouldn’t make that throw or that decision, but there’s a trust factor between quarterback and . . . whoever’s catching the ball. The more you try those things, you see who’s going to make the play for you in a crucial situation.”

Garoppolo is known to look better in regular season games than he does in preseason or in practice, so perhaps there’s something to this. The 49ers are counting on Garoppolo to look the way he did during his most extensive regular season action, at the end of the 2017 season.

78 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo says he purposely throws into coverage in preseason

  1. Guy has 12 TD’s to 8 INTs as the SF starter, he’s putting the ball n harms way in games that count also.

  2. I’ve been saying this for years. Practice stats are a complete waste of time. They’re trying things out and throwing it into situations that they just wouldn’t during a regular game.

  3. Guess nobody ever told him,”you play the game like you practice.” As a former player and coach, that may be the dumbest thing I’ve heard a QB say.

    There’s a cabinet job waiting for this guy right now in DC. He’s got a future if the football thingy fails. SF has themselves a real gem.

  4. Maybe Jimmy should focus on his game before the season rather than testing others grit. It’s not like his numbers have been impressive. 11 TDs in 8 starts is less than stellar production and his INT% is pretty bad as well.

  5. Dang it … I tried telling my coach the same thing in High School , I am now an auto mechanic.

  6. Another Brady backup that looked good in New England but not so much anywhere else. Have any of them succeeded? The other 31 NFL Front offices should be smarter than that by now…but no.

  7. seahawks80 says:
    August 29, 2019 at 7:03 am
    Lol, so he throws interceptions on purpose? That’s a good story Jimmy stick with that.
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    LOL, no he takes risks on purpose. Because practice is where you test what are considered to be acceptable limits.

  8. Total lie. QB’s dont do that and Jimmy G certainly doesn’t do that because you can develop bad habits playing like that, something QB’s avoid at all costs. This is just Jimmy G trying to make up excuses for throwing INTs, you just SUCK Jim and throw far to many picks to the other team. It’s who u r as a QB and its not going to change. I’d bet Shanahan moves on from this bust after this season for a true franchise QB

  9. He could be blowing smoke, but I remember when Rivera came to Charlotte and he noticed how Steve Smith would do everything in his power to make the catch as hard as possible. He would twist and contort do extra at the end of the route, even with the jugs machine, to better simulate game conditions.

  10. You may scoff but he became known for this during 3.5yrs program at Pats so it prob is by design, trying to replicate Brady’s scheme/timing throws, seeing where he has to improve – in game situations. My guess is Belichick made him do it. And Shanahan likes the Pats’ QB program. And the proof is in the pudding – he’s better in games. Brady does some of this too but less so nowadays of course – prob more to show his receivers how far they are off course.

  11. Preseason is practice after all. Makes perfect sense, “let’s see if I can get it in there” “He needs to go up and get this” Fake game make for risky chances.

  12. Yeah, just change that when it counts because you’re that good? EXCUSES! he can’t handle the pressure!

  13. He used to say the same thing in NE, and the realty was true. We called him ‘gameday’ because he was notorious for bad practices and then great games. Time will tell.

  14. My guess is Belichick made him do it.

    I think you are right. BB will send the offense out with their worst plays out of the playbook and make them practice those. On “X and Z days” for example all the offense gets are the plays they have low success rates with. Or he’ll tell the DC and the defensive coaches during the meeting what to expect. Make it look like man coverage but play zone. Or make it look like cover 2 but be in cover 4. I want it to be a long day for the offense.

    That is exactly what practice is for. To work on the weakest parts of your game.

  15. “And the proof is in the pudding – he’s better in games.”
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    He’s 12 TDs vs 8 interceptions in his time with SF. That’s not great.

  16. I’m an SF fan, but this is some laughably bad spin doctoring. Anyone who saw that first game could see Jimmy G was totally rattled. He looked like a rookie seeing NFL-sized defenders for the first time and not knowing how to handle it.

  17. So…. you throw into triple coverage so that in week 12, you remember who made the plays for you 4 months ago? But how can I make a play? There are three guys around me so I never had a chance.

    Ok I guess.

  18. So Jim, you throw into coverage which may get your receivers head taken off but it’s all an experiment to see how they fight for the ball ?!?!?! :roll eyes

  19. I confess. I was the guy who thought the Pats should keep JG and trade Brady for a king’s ransom. I guess that’s why I’m an engineer instead of an NFL GM.

  20. Think about who Jimmy G “studied” under and how that particular QB would look in the first two preseason games in years past….. Lots of forced throws to lots seemingly random WRs, a bunch of INTs, preseason losses etc etc.
    From that however we got the emergence of middling WRs as perrenial all-pros like Welker, Edeleman, Brown, Branch, Hogan, Ammendola etc etc etc.

    *Note* said “mentor” doesn’t get that much preseason run these days b/c the smartest HC ever realized long ago that the preseason is useless junk and he now uses the first 4 games to do things like install the actual offense and tweak the D

  21. Chicken Little says:
    August 29, 2019 at 9:19 am

    He used to say the same thing in NE, and the realty was true. We called him ‘gameday’ because he was notorious for bad practices and then great games. Time will tell.
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    Who called him “gameday”? And when were these so-called great games? He played 2.5 games for NE total.

  22. “Garoppolo told KNBR that he likes trying things like throwing into coverage during the preseason to see how his receivers fight for the ball”

    If I was a receiver who was constantly getting throws in coverage that could get me leveled by a DB, Jimmy and I would be having some serious words on the sideline. A QB’s job to is to read the coverage and take advantage of mis-matches, not to get your WR’s killed.

  23. I believe him and agree with some of the comments made regarding his background with NE. What WRs can make, or not make contested catches. You don’t know unless you try it. What better time to try it than meaningless preseason games? He’s not practicing to throw into double coverage, that’s silly. Cincinnati has a WR from Florida St named Tate. He isn’t fast, but he is huge, has great hands, and an unbelievable catch radius. Like AJ Green, he excels on making contested catches. Every Bengals fan is hoping he makes the team because of the “Ow wow” catches he makes. Marvin wouldn’t play him. And Dalton is too conservative to throw it up there for grabs (bad habit of throwing it out of bounds).

  24. Hahahaha!!! Riiiiiiight, Jimmy! For some reason I have a really hard time believing that Belichick and Brady taught you that in New England.

    So is this a tactic you just made up this season?

  25. I think this is probably true. You take risks in practice you wouldn’t in games. However, I don’t know if the receivers appreciate getting fed hospital balls in preseason games just so Jimmy can see how much they will fight.

  26. People post silly comments to support the Golden Boy. I’d love to hear GM John Lynch’s thoughts on JG’s statement.

  27. Even though it is preseason, the cynics still want to claim that he is a bust. After he won 5 games in a row in the regular season, the cynics were not impressed, but when he did poorly in 3 series in his first preseason game, then that is solid proof that he is a bust. Kirk Cousins did poorly in his last preseason game, but the cynics would not call him a bust. Seems like the cynics have Jimmy G. in their crosshairs.

  28. Everyone now knows “The great Jimmy G” can’t handle heat, especially up the gut.

    Guess what he’s going to see all year?

  29. You may scoff but he became known for this during 3.5yrs program at Pats so it prob is by design, trying to replicate Brady’s scheme/timing throws, seeing where he has to improve – in game situations. My guess is Belichick made him do it. And Shanahan likes the Pats’ QB program. And the proof is in the pudding – he’s better in games. Brady does some of this too but less so nowadays of course – prob more to show his receivers how far they are off course.

    What Pats program? I mean, maybe you can call the greatest an ever a program, but I wouldn’t. It’s not like they turn out all these studs so please stop. While agree that it’s the time to try things, it’s also well know that you play how you practice. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype yet.

  30. Jimmy said hes trying out his receivers to see who can do what… Pretty much. He wants to know who can make one hand catches, contested catches, high catches low catches ect. Practice doesnt simulate this stuff against different defense, all different looks. He will be just fine

  31. Ya’all gonna be real quiet once the season starts and your team gets owned (ahem…Seattle, ahem…).

    Or Jimmy G is gonna be injured in game 3 and imma shut up.

  32. thesmartest1 says:
    August 29, 2019 at 5:08 am
    Praecticing to throw into coverage is like practicing to fumble. For what?
    _______________

    Reading helps. From the second paragraph of this article:

    “Garoppolo told KNBR that he likes trying things like throwing into coverage during the preseason TO SEE HOW HIS RECEIVERS FIGHT FOR THE BALL.”

    Also, in case you weren’t aware, teams do live fumble drills and tip drills during practice.

  33. Genius Move! This is the type of stuff he learned from the Patriots. It’s too bad the 49ers don’t pay off the refs so those picks stay as INTs and not magically turn into Defensive Pass Interference.

  34. That’s what I tell my boss, “I try to mess up the project to see if other co-workers will step-up and do the right thing”

  35. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    August 29, 2019 at 2:07 pm
    Genius Move! This is the type of stuff he learned from the Patriots. It’s too bad the 49ers don’t pay off the refs so those picks stay as INTs and not magically turn into Defensive Pass Interference.

    ************
    Sounds like Betty White needs a Snickers!

  36. Sure, Jimmy. If this comment came from a QB that has actually had success in the NFL, people might believe it. But in your case, we’re just as inclined to believe that you have this same mentality in real games vs pre-season games.

  37. 49erstime says:
    August 29, 2019 at 6:39 am
    I’ve been saying this for years. Practice stats are a complete waste of time. They’re trying things out and throwing it into situations that they just wouldn’t during a regular game.
    ==================================

    Lol. I appreciate you trying to take up for your guy…but come on now. Everyone knows that gameplans are kept intentionally vanilla in the preseason…but ‘intentionally throwing in to covering?’ No.

    Besides…the guy is coming off of a major injury and has still not even put in 1 full season as a starter. You’d think he’d take every rep seriously.

  38. “We called him ‘gameday’ because he was notorious for bad practices and then great games. ”
    ______________

    Not to let reality intrude on your story, but in the real world he started only 2 games for NE so just how “notorious” could he ave been for bad practices and great games? And how aware were fans of how he was looking in midseason practices?

  39. Every player is one play away from getting hurt so those must have been some pretty bad throws or decisions. It begs the question…Why have a game plan? Hats off for such a great excuse nonetheless.

  40. Wait. Some of you are trying to agree with him, and defend his statement? Wow. I mean, there’s plenty of stupid remarks on PFT (like saying 3rd string QB’s should be the starter), but come on! Just so we are clear, he doesn’t look for the open man, he looks for the covered guy to see if he will fight for the ball? Yikes.

  41. Gotta love armchair QB’s trying to hate on basic logic. The reason for practice and preseason is to hone your skills. If you want one of those skills to be threading a needle (throwing into double coverage), then the best time to attempt these is in a live game scenario that also has ZERO repercussion on the outcome of your season. This is exactly when you want your QB to try these things, when the outcome doesn’t matter. Within reason, the logic is sound. Every other professional at every other level practices and/or attempts things that sometimes results in failure. It is, in fact, the mettle of greatness.

    The logic of some of you MMQB’s, not so much.

  42. thats like me being a raider fan trying to convince people AB is sane. im going to get laughed at

  43. He now has 4 times as many starts as a Niner than he did as a Patriot. At what point can we safely conclude he’s more this current guy than the one we saw in NE?

  44. Let’s assume he’s telling the truth and purposely throwing interceptions. Doesn’t this hurt player’s chances of making the team? He’s sabotaging them. Jimmy is making the team. But some of these RBs, WRs, and TEs he’s throwing too might be on the bubble. And, he’s reducing their chances of making the team and onto 53 man roster.

  45. jjackwagon says:
    August 29, 2019 at 8:21 am
    Another Brady backup that looked good in New England but not so much anywhere else. Have any of them succeeded? The other 31 NFL Front offices should be smarter than that by now…but no.
    __________

    He was traded to SF in mid-season and they test drove him before giving him a monster contract. He was 5-0 in SF. He played more games in SF than in New England.

  46. Thought everyone knew what Jimmy G said. QBs need to determine how tight a window they can throw into during the regular season in crucial situations. They can only determine that by doing it. It’s all about timing. It’s another reason for preseason games.

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