Jimmy Garoppolo on critics: “I hear all the stuff”

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49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has become a pin cushion of sorts this season, with criticism regarding his play being accentuated by a seemingly conscious decision by coach Kyle Shanahan to skew the offensive attack heavily toward the run, after several ill-advised near-miss throws in the divisional round of the playoffs. On Sunday, Garoppolo threw the ball only eight times against the Packers, in a 37-20 win that vaulted the 49ers to the Super Bowl. And that only heightened questions about Garoppolo’s role in the team’s success.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Garoppolo acknowledged that he hears the criticism.

“[E]veryone has different ways to get motivated, and very similar to [Richard Sherman] I do the same thing,” Garoppolo said, in response to whether, like Sherman, Garoppolo uses slights as motivation. “I hear all the stuff and everything, but you can’t put that all out there all the time. You have to do with it what you will and take it for what it is. Just at the end of the day you’ve got to go out there and play football.”

Sherman tends to sound off regarding his critics. Why is Garoppolo less talkative?

“I don’t know,” Garoppolo said. “I think maybe having two older brothers, you say too much, you keep your mouth shut a little bit. Just, I don’t know. I think it just comes for me naturally, how I am.”

If the 49ers can run the ball like they did against the Packers and in the second half of the Vikings game, Garoppolo’s contribution to the Super Bowl win will be questioned. Some will wonder whether it makes sense to pay him $27.5 million per year when he’s barely throwing the ball. If Garoppolo has a solid game against the Chiefs and the 49ers win their sixth championship, that talk will end — possibly for good.

29 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo on critics: “I hear all the stuff”

  1. 1. He’s got a contract of $137,000,000

    2. He’s on a good team, with a good chance of being strong for a while

    3. He may not be a great QB but he’s good enough, and Shanahan can craft a system for him.

    I predict the 49ers will win a super bowl and he won’t care what the critics say.

  2. Garappolo benefits from one the of the best offensive lines and running games in the league. Couple that with what I think is the best TE in George Kittle and it’s easy to expect Garappolo to do better.

  3. ive watched him play a lot, almost all of his pro games. surprised anybodys questioning his ability to sling it. seems overblown because of the stage. his body of work suggests he can air it out when needed.

  4. Well let’s look at some stats shall we.

    Jimmy G finished tied for 5th in the league in passing TDs in 2020. That’s more than Mahomes, Rodgers, Brady, or Ryan.

    He finished 3rd in the league in yards/attempt.

    Passing yards per game, he finished with 248.6 which is 10 less than Wilson and 6 less than Brady.

    Yards per completion – 10th.

    8th in QB rating – ahead of Mohomes and Rodgers.

    If you didn’t watch the games, your opinion doesn’t mean diddly squat. Enjoy the Super Bowl, haters.

  5. Yeah. If you consider the ring to be because of the QB. SF is not in the SB because of their SB. Plus he already has two rings. And those opinions are hardly “moot”

    Not one QB has left BB and been a superstar. Most become journeymen or flame out. The secret sauce of the Patriots has always been Bill. Brady is by no means a bad QB, but he also isn’t the GOAT. Pats fans, and even the media, don’t want to question that because the QB is “the most important position on the team.” Pats D won more SBs than Brady and the offense. He may engineer the comebacks sure, but they have never once dominated a SB that I can recall.

  6. If Jimmy doesn’t do it for you, I’m sure you can still go get Blaine Gabbert, Brian Hoyer or C.J. Beathard.

  7. If the 49ers are 2020’s 1972 Dolphins, Garoppolo is their Bob Griese – nothing to be embarrassed about.

  8. Just because he doesn’t have sexy numbers doesn’t mean he’s incapable of getting the job done. I just hope he improves his pocket presence though.

  9. Is he supposed to throw it to prove something?

    If they are winning by playing defense and running the ball stick with it.

  10. In 2019, Garoppolo led the NFL in third-down passing, completing half of his passes (65/130), Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, Deshaun Watson and Derek Carr rounded out the top five. Garoppolo’s opposer in the Super Bowl, Patrick Mahomes, sat at sixth, hitting 46.1% of his passes.

    Jimmy can ball!

  11. Winners come in all different styles, that’s the enigma of true winning Qbs,dont let them get to ya jimmy. Tom Brady wanted you out of new England for a reason, He saw another winner.

  12. QB1, 15 games:
    69.1 Completion %, 3,603 yards, 26 TD, 107.4 rating, 8.1 Yards per Attempt

    QB2, 16 games
    69.1 Completion %, 3,978 yards, 27 TD, 102.0 rating, 8.4 Yards per Attempt

    QB3, 14 games
    65.9 Completion %, 4,031 yards, 26 TD, 105.3 rating, 8.3 Yards per Attempt

    One of them is Jimmy. The other 2 are Mahomey and Kirk. Though not listed is the INT rate, where Jimmy leads the pack – partly on him and partly on the system requirement to throw to the middle of the field, sometimes in traffic. But he’s lights out after throwing a pick and has come from behind for victories and/or tied among the top 5 in the league this year.

    All this trash is being talked for the sake of talking. R-E-L-A-X

  13. jjackwagon says:
    January 23, 2020 at 9:44 pm
    6/8 for 77 yds ain’t gonna get it done against the Chiefs. Know that.

    Comparing the 49ers to the Texans and Titans and assuming your high powered offense will do the same against a defense like this. It wont know that!

  14. He was 14th ranked QB this season in fantasy, from a fan’s perspective that’s all that matters

  15. Jimmy was in New England almost 4 years. There you let your play do the talking. “Game manager” is this dirty word in an era when fans and media want these Madden QBs, like Mahomes, who run all over the place and throw 60 yard bombs while falling backwards..
    Mahomes is going to his first Super Bowl after 2 seasons as a starter. That is an awesome 50% clip- the same as “ Game manager” Tom Brady! Brady is 9 for 18. So if Mahomes can go 8 for the next 16 and win 2/3 of the time he will match Brady.

  16. I’m 50 years old and fat and I’m pretty confident I could hand a football off to a RB thirty times a game. This kid is as overrated as they come and full disclosure I was born and raised in Foxboro.

  17. Chiefs will contain the run and force Jimmy to throw. We’ll see how he responds, but I think Niners will be throttled by the end of the 3rd quarter and Chiefs will cruise.

  18. Bl00dwerK says:
    January 23, 2020 at 8:23 pm
    Since when was running the damn ball a bad thing?

    When it doesn’t move the chains.

  19. Very simple. Denial is not a river in Egypt, it is what some cynics are doing when they talk about Jimmy G. They started denying in 2017 when he took a team with a 1-11 record at the time and finished the season with 5 straight wins in a row. Against several playoff teams, he completed 67.4% of his passes for 1,560 yards, and he “scored on 62 percent of their offensive drives, 11 percent more than the second-place New England Patriots.[49] For perspective, NFL teams scored on 35 percent of their drives in 2017, and the 49ers scored on just 29 percent of their 2017 drives without Garoppolo.” according to the Wikipedia.

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