On light day through the air, Jimmy Garoppolo got to be “a football player”

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Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t need to use his arm much on Saturday as the 49ers ran for 186 yards in a 27-10 win over the Vikings, but the quarterback found other ways to pitch in.

On a second quarter run by wide receiver Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo found himself in the open field with Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr off-balance in front of him. Garoppolo put Barr on the ground to provide some more running room for Samuel and give himself the rare feeling of throwing a key block.

“I had to get a pancake on the stat sheet, so I’m pretty happy about it,” Garoppolo said, via San Francisco Chronicle. “Sometimes you have to remember that you’re not just a quarterback. You’re a football player, too.”

Garoppolo opened Saturday’s game 5-of-6 for 57 yards and a touchdown to Kendrick Bourne, but only threw 13 more passes as the 49ers ran their way to a win. Next Sunday may call for a different approach, although the 49ers now know that they can count on Garoppolo to throw a block if needed.

30 responses to “On light day through the air, Jimmy Garoppolo got to be “a football player”

  1. Must be nice to feel like a football player instead of a robot.
    Former Patriot teammates are jealous that Jimmy G. is having fun.

  2. Luckily they’re stacked everywhere else cuz he sucks as a Q.B. coach and GM did a helluva job putting together this team.

  3. The only thing I’m thinking today is the Packers beating the Seahawks. All the speculation in the world is worthless without a win today.

  4. Garapollo is the 2nd best QB in that division. He’s 28 and still getting better. 17-5 as a starter. Can’t carry a team, yet, but the 49ers don’t need him to. Wish the Pats coulda kept him, but they couldn’t.

  5. tedmurph says:
    January 12, 2020 at 10:21 am
    Garapollo is the 2nd best QB in that division. He’s 28 and still getting better. 17-5 as a starter. Can’t carry a team, yet, but the 49ers don’t need him to. Wish the Pats coulda kept him, but they couldn’t.
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    He’s 22-5 as a starter. He’s carried the team multiple times this season. Arizona, Pittsburgh and New. Orleans games come to mind. You’re right though, he’s getting better.

  6. Garoppolo did a really nice job on that block.

    But there’s nothing that raises the temperatures of defenders than a pretty boy QB who crows about the block he laid on a LB.

    Keep your head on a swivel next week, Jimmy.

  7. papacrick says:
    January 12, 2020 at 10:05 am
    Luckily they’re stacked everywhere else cuz he sucks as a Q.B. coach and GM did a helluva job putting together this team.
    *********************

    He’s not Mahomes, but think you’re underestimating the guy. SF didn’t give him a contract after 2-0 record in New England. He came over to a 1-9 team in SF, and went undefeated the rest of the way, and has 17-5 record. Look at SF with and without Garapollo over the past 2 1/2 years and it’s hard to argue that he’s not the difference.

  8. He has outperformed or at least earned his contract this year. Not sure how so many experts picked the Vikings to upset the niners after they earned the #1 seed after dealing with a ton of injuries. Having Dee Ford back and Kwons energy is a huge boost, and they will be a hard team to stop because they can beat you in different ways on offense and the D line is truly dominant on D.

  9. Smart head coaches and smart quarterbacks know that you should run out the clock with running plays when you are ahead on the scoreboard. That was what Bill Walsh did as a head coach. He scripted his first 15 plays or so to get an early lead and he would run the ball in the second half to run out the clock. It does not always work of course, but it worked well enough to win lots of games and several super bowls. Some teams are in love with the passing game that they will keep on passing and running up the score when they are ahead. That was what happened with San Diego under Don Coryell and he has no Super Bowl ring to show for it. Joe Gibb was the OC under Coryell and when he became head coach of the Redskins, he discoved John Riggins and the running game.

  10. I think he got hurt a bit there as well.

    There was a play he rolled out to the right and could have run for some yards but only got maybe one and then he and Shanahan had a little ingognito talk on the sidelines after that play as if Shanahan asked him if he was ok.

    Then they ran the ball 8 straight times.

    That defense just smothered Kirk Cousins…he could do nothing. He can’t escape and make something happen off-schedule like Russell Wilson.

  11. Obviously Samuel, Kittle and Sanders made the difference! And their RB’s carried the day! Looking forward to next week!

  12. niners816 says:
    January 12, 2020 at 10:26 am

    tedmurph says:
    January 12, 2020 at 10:21 am
    Garapollo is the 2nd best QB in that division. He’s 28 and still getting better. 17-5 as a starter. Can’t carry a team, yet, but the 49ers don’t need him to. Wish the Pats coulda kept him, but they couldn’t.
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    He’s 22-5 as a starter. He’s carried the team multiple times this season. Arizona, Pittsburgh and New. Orleans games come to mind. You’re right though, he’s getting better.

    Theres a difference between carrying games and carrying a team. Seahawks are nothing without Russell Wilson.

  13. In all reality the Seahawks beat the 49ers twice if it wasn’t for the refs helping the whiners again!

  14. Right now he’s only better than Kyler Murray in the division. Sorry, but the other two QB’s have taken their respective teams to multiple playoffs and the super bowl.

  15. If they play Packers he won’t have to do much but if they play Hawks he would have to play qb for them to win. With that being said, if they play Hawks he will choke. You like that?

  16. If they play Packers he won’t have to do much but if they play Hawks he would have to play qb for them to win. With that being said, if they play Hawks he will choke. You like that?

  17. Cody still fearlessly making predictions even though not a single one has been accurate. Maybe you need to triple post everything from now on?

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