Danielle Hunter called Jimmy Garoppolo “scared” after last 49ers-Vikings game

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The last time the 49ers played the Vikings, it was not a good day for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo, who is preparing to face the Vikings again this afternoon, completed just 15 of 33 passes for 261 yards, with a touchdown, three interceptions and three sacks, in a Week One loss to the Vikings to start the 2018 season. After that game, Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter said that as the relentless pass rush kept coming after Garoppolo, he started to look afraid of getting hit.

“As the game goes on, you have to bring the pressure on him. You see that he’s starting to get scared,” Hunter said then.

When he was apprised of those comments, Garoppolo said he welcomed the Vikings trying to pressure him.

“I’ve never heard that before,” Garoppolo said. “Pressure’s always a good thing in a quarterback’s eyes. It opens up windows, they have less guys in coverage.”

The Vikings will surely be more than happy to accommodate Garoppolo if he thinks pressure is a good thing. Hunter led the team with 14.5 sacks this year, and Everson Griffen added eight sacks. The two of them are defensive ends, but they may line up on the inside on some plays to try to put pressure in Garoppolo’s face. He’ll have to handle that pressure better than he did the last time he saw the Vikings.

62 responses to “Danielle Hunter called Jimmy Garoppolo “scared” after last 49ers-Vikings game

  1. Jimmy G has a full season of experience under his belt going into this game and will ball out today. He’s handled pressure well all year. What happened a year ago is completely irrelevant. Alot has changed in that time. More than likely it will be cousins running scared and throwing picks today.

    Go Niners!

  2. Frisco did not run the ball well in that game and the D was terrible. THat was why they lost. Viking D was terrific that season, but it has not been the same since they lost big to the Eagles in the playoffs that year. Last season they were so bad defensively that they did not even make the playoffs. This year they have rebounded a little, but not enough to even win their own division.

  3. Jimmy saying pressure is a good thing that it open things up. Yeah but you have to be able to make a play under pressure. If pressure wasn’t effective on QB’s, teams wouldn’t be paying DE & OLB’s the money they make. Jimmy has more than twice as many INT’s than Cousins this year.

  4. I can’t wait for the games to be played so we don’t have to be subjected this boorish braying…

  5. Ah, the obligatory pre-game trash talk. Does this stuff even work?
    Just play the game Hunter, maybe your team wins, maybe it doesn’t. Everything said before the game is just talk.

  6. I’m picking the Vikings especially if it’s with the +7.

    The Vikings just beat a SB coach and QB and a playoff-tested roster on a field that is a real difference maker. 49ers have Shannahan in his first playoff game as HC, Garoppolo in his first playoff game as starting QB, a roster with little playoff experience, and a home field that’s not a real difference maker.

    In a lot of ways the Vikings already beat the more daunting team last week. As far as drawing the No.1 seed goes, this is a pretty good draw.

  7. I’ve never seen a good QB just stand still in the pocket and get sacked. Fear is a great motivator. That’s why QB’s run and get the heck out of the way. I don’t care if it’s a 190 lb. DB, or a 350 lb. D-Lineman, if you’re standing still and they’re running at you full speed, you’re scared. That’s a good thing. Move aside and throw a TD. Tom Brady does it all the time. Nuttin wrong with that. And I’m sure Mike Zimmer loves reading about this.

  8. Ah, the obligatory pre-game trash talk. Does this stuff even work?
    Just play the game Hunter, maybe your team wins, maybe it doesn’t. Everything said before the game is just talk.

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    I wanted to get all riled up too when I first read this. But then I read he made these comments after the week once matchup last season. This isn’t pre game trash talk pertaining to today’s game.

  9. Hunter made the comments right after the 2018 game. He has not trash-talked Jimmy G or the 49ers at all this season. People are trying to make something out of nothing to create bulletin board material. I guess they have to go back over 16 months ago to find something.

  10. When Niners trailed this season, Jimmy completed 72.7% of passes (9.1 yards per play and 11 TDs/3 INTs).

    Pressure doesn’t faze Jimmy.

    The bigger the deficit (yards/points) the bigger plays he makes.

  11. If you’re a quarterback in the NFL and you are overwhelmed/scared, just pull yourself from the game and you’ll be called “heroic.”

  12. californianewton says:
    January 11, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Frisco did not run the ball well in that game and the D was terrible. THat was why they lost. Viking D was terrific that season, but it has not been the same since they lost big to the Eagles in the playoffs that year. Last season they were so bad defensively that they did not even make the playoffs. This year they have rebounded a little, but not enough to even win their own division.
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    Might wanna check your facts bro. You’re referring to 2017 and this was the first game of 2018.

    NFL (Niners Football League) is more accurate. What happened essentially 2 seasons ago (2018, 2019 regular season) is not relevant to now. Of course Jimmy was scared of getting hit it was his first game back from injury, and he still hadn’t even had a half a season of football experience. He’s obviously more experienced and less worried about injury now.

    It should be a good game. Both teams are pretty similar – strong run-first offenses, strong all-around defenses, and quarterbacks that are good at times and shaky others. It could come down to whoever can stop the other team’s run or whichever QB opens it up in the air the most successfully.

  13. californianewton says:
    January 11, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Frisco did not run the ball well in that game and the D was terrible. THat was why they lost. Viking D was terrific that season, but it has not been the same since they lost big to the Eagles in the playoffs that year. Last season they were so bad defensively that they did not even make the playoffs. This year they have rebounded a little, but not enough to even win their own division.
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    So the eagles game was in Jan 18 and the Niners game was in Sept 18. So how were they not the same after the Eagles game but we’re terrific the season they played the Niners. Nice analysis, maybe consult a schedule or calendar.

  14. d9533 says:

    A mic’d up Everson Griffen also was heard yelling, “We comin’for that ass, Jimmy!”
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    I wouldn’t say that to someone who represents San Francisco.

  15. These Viking fans are Hilarious. Cousins won the game by a lucky throw last week. Vikes are outmatched at every position in this game. You don’t even have Theilen at 100%. Jimmy G has made big throws under pressure all season.

  16. Save for the Saints game, Jimmy G has 3 tds and 3 INT’s in his last 4 games. And the 49ers took 24 sacks in their last 8 games. A lot of people thinking the 49ers have the 1 seed and therefore, they are cruising. But they simply are not. Finished the season 3-2, giving up a ton of points, and stumbled much more than those first 10 games.

  17. Jimmy handles the blitz a lot better than Kirk “deer-in-the-headlights” Cousins. Expect him to toss at least two interceptions and have at least one fumble today. SF wins by 17

  18. Player to watch today will be Earl Mitchell for SF. He will make a big difference in run stopping, not to mention Kwon and Tartt coming back are huge for SF.

  19. As much as I want the Packers to host the NFCC game, I hope the Vikings get destroyed.
    Their fans are the biggest blowhards in these comments sections.
    But if they do eek out a W it will be satisfying to destroy them at Lambeau and make them cry about the refs again.
    [The refs are why the Vikes lose games, waaaaaah, waaahh]

  20. Jimmy handles the blitz a lot better? Is that why he took 8 more sacks than Cousins this season? Why he threw 7 more ints? Seriously, do you guys even try looking up the real stats?

  21. No one’s talking about blitzing here Jimmy. The front 4 getting to you isn’t going to open anything up. Just ask Drew Brees….we’re comin’!!

  22. Last three games, two in Santa Clara, Jimmy G…

    2 TDs
    2 Ints
    8 Sacks
    1 Fumble
    244 avg per game passing

    Yes, I can see how great he has become.

  23. Remember this: Very recently, the Vikings and their fans chose the unnecessary hit and subsequent injury to Rodgers a few years ago as one of their “Top Ten Moments of the Decade.” Look it up. That’s the mentality you’re dealing with.

  24. NFL players can be so young & dumb, esp’y when it comes to crap that comes outta their mouthes. Why would Hunter serve up this kind of bulletin board material? Garoppolo will probably torch the Vikings defense.

  25. Bulletin board material? That was a week 1 game like 17 months ago. And I highly doubt nfl players are focusing on that from so long ago. And, btw, you cannot stop Hunter with just 1 guy, no matter how motivated you are.

  26. Mike Ditka is a fathead, loser.Traded away all the Saints draft picks for Ricky Williams. Had the ’85 Bears defense and Sweetness but only won 1 Super Bowl as a head coach with the Bears.

  27. LOL, I have a real problem with a grown man going by the name of “Jimmy.” Men are called “James” or “Jim.” Little boys are called “Jimmy.” same thing s a “Tom, Tommy, Bill, Billy, Mike, Mikey, John, Johnny, etc.

  28. Did I tell you what?? That Bikes o line is getting man handled. As far as running backs jocks, I don’t think cook has found his yet. Guy is a non factor.

  29. and how’s that working out for you today huh buddy? LOL

    The vaunted Minnesota defense looks impotent today. Perhaps he should shut up and stick to scaring people instead of running his mouth.

  30. 8 running plays in a row and a touchdown that’s how it’s working out for you huh well mister hunter

  31. 70 something QBR in today’s game and a win. I think Jimmy I will sleep well despite the low QBR.

    As a Seahawk fan I want Wilson in the Supebowl against Earl but Sherman against Earl would my second choice.

    And I’m a Packer owner as well but don’t care for Rodgers

  32. hailtothenamechange says:
    January 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm
    I’m picking the Vikings especially if it’s with the +7.

    The Vikings just beat a SB coach and QB and a playoff-tested roster on a field that is a real difference maker. 49ers have Shannahan in his first playoff game as HC, Garoppolo in his first playoff game as starting QB, a roster with little playoff experience, and a home field that’s not a real difference maker.

    In a lot of ways the Vikings already beat the more daunting team last week. As far as drawing the No.1 seed goes, this is a pretty good draw.

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    You don’t say.. sportsbook love to see you coming. Lol. I took the 49ers -7. Stick to your real job if u have one

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