Kyle Juszczyk wants Jimmy Garoppolo to get “respect he deserves”

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Jimmy Garoppolo arguably has faced as much criticism and questions as any NFL quarterback this offseason. After leading the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV, Garoppolo melted down in the fourth quarter.

He went 3-of-11 for 36 yards and an interception in the fourth quarter as the 49ers gained only 59 yards and blew a 20-10 lead.

Garoppolo, though, has had plenty of defenders, including fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

“I feel like I’ve been Jimmy’s bodyguard this offseason, but I’ve never been tired of it,” Juszczyk said Tuesday in a video call with beat reporters, via Matt Maiocco of

Garoppolo, 28, had a comeback-player-of-the-year type of season, though he didn’t win the official award. He threw for 3,978 yards with 27 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 102 passer rating.

Still, the 49ers considered Tom Brady before sticking with Garoppolo.

“It’s crazy to me that he doesn’t get the respect he deserves for what a phenomenal season I think he had, the numbers that he put up, the way he led this team,” Juszczyk said. “He was no doubt our leader on offense. He brought us to a Super Bowl and within seven minutes of winning one. So for him not to get the respect I feel he deserves, is pretty wild to me.”

Garoppolo was in line for Super Bowl MVP honors after three quarters, going 18-for-22 before the fourth quarter collapse.

After getting so close, Garoppolo now has to prove himself all over again.

“He seems to have handled it like the way Jimmy has handled everything,” Juszczyk said. “He’s exactly the same guy that he always is in these meetings. You haven’t seen any crazy media lash-outs from him or him be down on himself or anything like that.

“It’s just Jim. He comes to work every day and works his butt off, has the same demeanor every day. The outside noise truly doesn’t seem to affect him.”

13 responses to “Kyle Juszczyk wants Jimmy Garoppolo to get “respect he deserves”

  1. I appreciate Juszczyk’s loyalty but Jimmy will not get his profs until he shows the “consistent ability” to read a defense, identify mismatches, throw the ball on time, delivered accurately with the receiver in stride..

  2. There are many QBs who have had bad Super Bowls with Craig Morton, Kerry Collins, Cam Newton and Jim Kelly leading the list.

    Though Garrapolo couldnt deliver in the final ten minutes, his career is still on the rise and many QBs would love to have an NFC championship on their resume.

    Hopefully, he can get back to the big game and join the likes of Dawson, Griese and Elway, who won SBs after having disappointing games in losses.

  3. Even Matty Ice didn’t fail Shanahan’s offense like Jimmy.
    I don’t think anyone can say with a straight face that Jimmy’s criticisms are unwarranted.

  4. I would have to say he’s getting exactly the respect he deserves…the respect of a QB that’s paid far too much and tanks when it really matters.
    With an o’line that gives him all the time in the world to throw drunk ducks to receivers that probably deserve most of the credit for hauling in so many off target throws behind their back . The 4th best QB in the NFC West, and it aint even close.

  5. It’s almost like some of these Seattle-based writers didn’t even watch the Super Bowl.

  6. Respect is EARNED …. Jimmy Crappollo has earned nothing but derision and mockery…

  7. Welp, if the fans stop acting like he’s Y.A. Tittle, Steve Young and Joe Montana rolled into one and losing their minds when he completes a 10 yard pass. Don’t hype him, just let him play. Oh and you should’ve drafted Aaron Rodgers.

  8. Garoppolo looked shaky in the Viking playoff game and the Packers never stopped the run in the NFCCG.
    He actually showed more in the SB, but he just looks a little scared out there. He didn’t go down swinging, he looked nervous.

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