Kyle Shanahan: Ankle kept Jimmy Garoppolo from being his best

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The return of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers lineup did not go as planned on Sunday.

Garoppolo went 7-of-17 for 77 yards and two interceptions before head coach Kyle Shanahan pulled him in favor of C.J. Beathard. Shanahan said after the 43-17 loss to the Dolphins that he felt Garoppolo’s ankle injury was contributing to his poor play and that was the reason he made the change.

“Watching how we were playing as a whole [and] watching how he was playing, you can tell he was affected by his ankle,” Shanahan said, via the team’s website. “I know he doesn’t normally throw the ball that way and I think he was struggling a little bit because of it. The way the game was going, I wasn’t going to keep putting him in those positions knowing we were going to have to throw it a lot to come back. I think it hurt him from being at his best.”

Garoppolo said he “felt” the ankle and that he hasn’t “thought that far ahead” when asked if he thought he’d be able to play against the Rams in Week Six.

9 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Ankle kept Jimmy Garoppolo from being his best

  1. As a 49er fan, this is classic deflection from Shanahan. His medical staff cleared Jimmy to play. If he wasn’t ready, then the medical staff should be held accountable. Doubt this will happen, because the excuse from Shanahan is just that, an excuse. From an overall team standpoint, the loss of Nick Bosa has been huge. He was the player who made the 49ers into a Super Bowl team. He elevated everyone around him, including the offense. Niners can only look to next year when he comes back, hopefully to the same form.

  2. BS! Let’s draft arm talent next year and not settle on someone to fit Shanahans system. Someone that can carry the team injured players or no. Garropollo, ryan,cousins…yawn..Is your ego too big Mike? Does Lynch need to step in?

  3. Covid end this season now and let’s hope Trey Lance falls to us and mgmt is looking for a good loose playing qb with exceptional arm talent

  4. This would be understandable as a high ankle sprain can be a 6 week or more injury. But if Jimmy’s ankle was such that he couldn’t play QB properly, then he shouldn’t have started the game. And this issue is compounded by the similar Allen/Witherspoon debacle on the defensive side of the ledger. This is the lowest point of the Shanahan era, as there is no longer the “rebuilding” excuse. If anything, this season must teach the 49ers they can no longer neglect the cornerback position in today’s NFL. You cannot depend on being one Bosa injury away from mediocrity. Of course, all problems are moot if the “Jimmy’s ankle” thing is just a PR excuse, because then the Niners would have the much bigger problem of paying a QB like a franchise QB… who is not a franchise QB. Lucky for Kyle he got a sweet contract extension.

  5. So Jimmy Garbage had a bad ankle still…what was the defense’s excuse? I thought they were supposed to be good with depth. Not so much I guess.

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