It sounds like Jimmy Garoppolo has secured his job, for at least one more year

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The 49ers had a chance to win the Super Bowl, or at least to take a 27-24 lead with roughly 90 seconds left. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo missed an open Emmanuel Sanders for a touchdown, part of a fourth quarter during which Garoppolo completed three of 11 passes with one interception and a paltry passer rating of 2.8.

On Thursday, coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear that Garoppolo is still his guy. At least for 2021.

“I think Jimmy is one of the main reasons we got to the Super Bowl,” Shanahan told reporters. “I think he overcame a lot. This was his first year in his career going through an entire NFL season. He still doesn’t have as many starts and stuff as [Browns quarterback] Baker Mayfield. I think he had a hell of a first year truly playing the position, especially coming off an ACL where you have to fight through that a ton as a quarterback, where your rhythm and everything is not there at the beginning of the year. For him to be like that and to not let the pressure get to him, and to improve as the year went, I think says a ton about Jimmy. I can’t tell you how much I loved coaching the guy as a player and as a person this year.”

So it looks like, if Tom Brady wants to play for the 49ers, the 49ers will pass. But the pressure will be on Garoppolo in 2020 — especially if Kirk Cousins doesn’t sign an extension in Minnesota. Shanahan has admitted that he didn’t evaluate Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft because Shanahan believed he’d sign Cousins the next year in free agency. The 49ers instead traded for Garoppolo, who is signed through 2022 and who easily can be traded or released in any of the next three offseasons. In 2021, he’s due to make $25.5 million, with a cap charge of only $2.8 million to move on.

Although Brady would be at a short-term replacement for Garoppolo, Cousins would fill the role for multiple years. He knows the offense inside and out. Also, Cousins had a chance to make a big throw with the season on the line in New Orleans, and he did.

Absent a new contract with guaranteed money that ties the 49ers’ hands beyond the coming season or an extended contract for Cousins that replaces the $29.5 million he’s due to make in this year in Minnesota, the possibility of Cousins in and Garoppolo out will linger throughout the offseason, regular season, and postseason . . . unless the 49ers get back to the Super Bowl and win it.

43 responses to “It sounds like Jimmy Garoppolo has secured his job, for at least one more year

  1. A supremely organized, cross the T’s and dot the I’s guy, didn’t evaluate ANY QB,then. One could certainly assume that such a person was POSITIVE a certain player would be available.

    Screams of Cousins backing out of a wink/nod deal.

    So he doesn’t want to look like he can’t evaluate QB’s by lying by saying he wasn’t sure Mahomes skills would translate. So he basically tells the truth but it does leave open why he was so sure he was getting Cousins. That is what I would have asked next. At least he leaned towards honesty. I respect that.

  2. Brady isn’t going anywhere except NE. That’s as much of a stone cold lock as there is in sports today.

    Jimmy is fine for what he is. He can’t be relied on to win games. Play within his system and don’t make mistakes is key.

  3. They blame GAROP????? How about that KC D playing lights out! AND how about the 49er D that fell on their faces the last quarter..
    Take Cousins off of Minnesota’s hands and give us Garop.. fair deal. Then you can blame
    Mr (Head & Feet of Stone), Cousins for the next big loss!

  4. Accepting average will get you nothing. He was better than what they had, but that is not saying much. Maybe he is purely a game manager. But he’s not a top ten passer.

  5. I’m not a 49ers fan,but they act like he was wide open, it would have took a perfect pass to complete it, and I know one thing Lamar Jackson wouldn’t have completed it either.

  6. Garappolo played well all year, and outplayed plenty of other QB’s this season. Lots of teams would be very happy to have Jimmy Garrapolo playing for them. Jimmy will be better next year, and all the other haters that weren’t in the playoffs, will watch him make another playoff run next year

  7. Jimmy has some skills and plenty of teams would love to have him. But if Brady wants in SF, even for just 2 years, you take him. SF has the TE, WR and a great running game Brady needs to manage the game and win. People forget, it was just 1 year ago that Brady won it and with the right cast of characters, he could do it again.

  8. Face it, at his best he’s mediocre. He’s a middle of the pact guy. I’ll admit he looked supreme in the first part of the game. But when it was time to win or lose, he lost.

    The WR was wide open by NFL standards. He missed him. But the entire 4th quarter he was abyssal. You can’t blame that on the defense. Everybody knew KC could score points, so the answer was to keep scoring and stay ahead.

  9. He took them to the Super Bowl, played himself into the SB MVP conversation for the first 3 quarters and his job status is still a discussion? Let’s talk about job security for the QBs whose teams missed the playoffs.. or the RB who plays QB and lost his first 2 starts in the playoffs already (most notably as a 1st seed this past season).

  10. tb12bestqbevah says:
    February 6, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I’m confused. Was Jimmy G playing on defense for the 9ers in the 4th qtr and I just missed it?
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    No, he was the QB who couldn’t make enough first downs to give his defense any rest at all in the 4th quarter. You do realize those two things are connected, right?

  11. Game manager, makes a lot of mistakes. Don’t see them winning a title with him, but he’s enough to keep them competitive if they keep that Defense together a few years.

  12. So the other option is Kirk Cousins? That’s who Jimmy G needs to worry about? I’m sure Jimmy doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at that one.

  13. I’m not really sure what the difference between Cousins and Garapolo is? Both the Vikings and 49ers try to win with the running game and defense. If Cousins is available, which he should be, it is because he wasn’t the savior they paid him to be either.

    The Vikings played a game this year where Cousins only threw it 10 times. Let’s also acknowledge that without the 2nd overall pick in the draft this year, the 49ers aren’t having their dream year and going to the superbowl.

    Tanking doesn’t guarantee getting great players but it sure does help. Does anyone else think if the 49ers had finished 8-8 and drafted in the middle of the rounds they would’ve been in the superbowl?

  14. The QB position is evolving toward a more mobile player. If your not that you must then have very high marks in all other areas. Shanahan,by putting the games 4th quarter in Jimmy G’s hands, cost San Francisco the super bowl trophy. Up by 10 with less than 10 minutes your QB wasn’t able to move the chains.

  15. Kyle’s ego lost the Superbowl. He was listening to all the talk about Jimmy being a game manager and decided he was going to show everybody by letting Jimmy air it out in the 4th qtr and become the Superbowl MVP. Unfortunately Jimmy wasn’t up to the task.

    Forget this talk about Cousins for Jimmy G. They are the SAME. They both choke when the game is on the line.

  16. Can see Shannahan and McVay outbidding each other for the service of slightly above average Cousins making him the highest paid QB simply because he knows there already exposed offenses and neither seems to have capability to change.

  17. jjackwagon says:
    February 7, 2020 at 10:35 am
    Kyle’s ego lost the Superbowl.

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    Kyle’s defense lost the SB. They gave up 21 points in 7 minutes.

  18. Remember that coach who didn’t do his job and evaluate what looks to be the best QB of the last 10 years… because of Kirk Cousins…

    That’s seriously Shanahan’s defense?

    Good job of getting to the Super Bowl, but admissions like that make us all wonder how you got there. And also that maybe you should be the guy evaluating draft picks…

  19. He took them to the Super Bowl, played himself into the SB MVP conversation for the first 3 quarters and his job status is still a discussion? Let’s talk about job security for the QBs whose teams missed the playoffs.. or the RB who plays QB and lost his first 2 starts in the playoffs already (most notably as a 1st seed this past season).
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    Jimmy G, the QB who in the playoffs had the lowest rating of any QB who made more then 1 start, who finished with 2 TD passes and 3 ints in 3 games and who threw for an average of 142 yards per game? Jimmy G took no one to the super bowl, he turned and handed the ball off and was never in position for a super bowl MVP, Having 1 td and 1 int with 175-180 yard passing heading into the 4th quarter.

  20. I guess this gives Cousins some leverage. I’m not sure there would be all that many tears in MN if this happened, although having watched Jimmy G this past year, it’s pretty clear Cousins is better. That’s not meant as a compliment of Cousins by the way.

  21. Holy cow, does losing the Super Bowl suck or what. Jimmy G had a great season, helped get his team to a Super Bowl in his first full year of starting, has done basically nothing other than win games, played incredible until there were 12 min left in the Super Bowl and then had a horrible quarter of football in the biggest moment. Now people are acting like he’s Andy Dalton, who kept his job a long time despite how bad he was BTW.

  22. beachsidejames says:
    February 7, 2020 at 7:36 am
    The QB position is evolving toward a more mobile player. If your not that you must then have very high marks in all other areas. Shanahan,by putting the games 4th quarter in Jimmy G’s hands, cost San Francisco the super bowl trophy. Up by 10 with less than 10 minutes your QB wasn’t able to move the chains.

    ———–

    If Moseley dropped back into coverage he would have had an easy defend or even INT on the big Hill catch. He was so open he caught it like a punt. If that happens then Jimmy G probably wins a Super Bowl and everyone is singing a different tune. I don’t think you abandon a guy that got to a Super Bowl in his first full season as a starter just because he had a bad quarter. I don’t think Jimmy G is as good as Mahomes, but he’s clearly good enough to win and I expect he will get much better over the next 5 years.

  23. I love all the revisionist thinking and HOPE Whiners keep with those thoughts.

    It goes like this…

    “When he wasn’t expected to throw he was really good. So what if he folded like an old style newspaper when his team needed him to step up?”

    I agree 100%

    He’s fabulous and should stay in Santa Clara for the next 15 years.

  24. jjfootball says:
    February 6, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I’m not a 49ers fan,but they act like he was wide open////////

    He was 3 yards ahead of the DB and that is wide open. Jimmy G nutted up and missed the throw no doubt about it.

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