Has Jimmy Garoppolo taken his last snap with the 49ers?

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Nearly three years to the day after the 49ers traded for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Garoppolo may have taken his last snap in San Francisco.

With the disclosure from coach Kyle Shanahan on Tuesday that Garoppolo may need season-ending surgery to repair a new and different high ankle sprain to the same ankle on which he previously suffered a high ankle sprain, the next question becomes whether Garoppolo will return to the 49ers in 2021.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Shanahan sounded like a guy who still believes in Garoppolo.

“I’ve got a good idea with Jimmy and what Jimmy is capable of doing, and that’s why he’s been here,” Shanahan said. “People get better when they play more and that’s what I feel for Jimmy on. One, Jimmy gives us the best chance to win. He’s proven that, and it’s hard that he’s not going to be here for, to me, probably about at least six weeks, because it’s harder to win without him. Regardless of that, I want Jimmy playing as much as possible because I know when he does, he’ll only get better from the experiences of it. I think that’d be the most frustrating thing about it after having the best chance to win.”

Garoppolo has had mixed performances, and perhaps more importantly he has missed too much time due to injury. In 2018, a Week Three ACL tear ended his season prematurely. This year, he has missed two full games and could now miss the final eight.

In six games this season, Garoppolo has seven touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Then there’s the reality that, after he three interceptable passes in the divisional round against Minnesota, Shanahan turned Garoppolo into Bob Griese, calling run after run after run and limited Garoppolo to eight pas attempts in the NFC Championship win over Green Bay.

Garoppolo has two years left on his five-year, $27.5 million per year contract, with salaries of $24.1 million in 2021 and $24.2 million in 2022. The 49ers considered signing Tom Brady in March, and their transparency could be regarded as a warning to Garoppolo.

At a minimum, the 49ers should consider all options for 2021, given that they can sever ties with Garoppolo at a cap charge of only $2.8 million. He could be traded to a team like the Patriots, or he could be cut.

The question then becomes whether the 49ers would replace him with a draft pick or a veteran from another team. Some have suggested that Shanahan may want to reunite with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, whom Shanahan coached to an MVP award in 2016. Others have suggested that Shanahan may want to reunite with Kirk Cousins, the quarterback Shanahan presumably wanted to land before the team traded for Garoppolo.

Regardless, between injuries and periodic ineffectiveness, it could be time for the 49ers to move on from Garoppolo. They gain nothing by disclosing their intentions now. And his last chance to change minds within the organization will hinge on whether he can play again this season.

46 responses to “Has Jimmy Garoppolo taken his last snap with the 49ers?

  1. I would bet that he is done with the 49ers. That’s an extremely QB friendly offense with a head coach that puts his QB in a great position to succeed and Garoppollo has failed.

  2. Matt Ryan would be their ideal choice. What are you going to give up to get him? Falcon will want their first as they will eat a lot of dead cap for the trade. Might be worth it if you get 3 to 4 good years out of him.

  3. Offseason should be interesting. A few QB’s will be on the market including Jimmy G, Sam Darnold, Jameis Winston, Cameron Newton and Dakota Prescott.

  4. Until the 49ers secure the services of a quality quarter back, Jimmy G is not going anywhere.

  5. lgw91s says:
    November 3, 2020 at 8:46 pm
    Offseason should be interesting. A few QB’s will be on the market including Jimmy G, Sam Darnold, Jameis Winston, Cameron Newton and Dakota Prescott.

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    If you find that to be an “interesting offseason,” I have a certain bridge I would like to sell you.

  6. Jimmy G. back in NE would certainly be intriguing and the facts are the facts about his lack of continued success in SF. But he could team back up with Josh McDaniels and it would be better than what they’re rolling out there right now in New England. Definitely like that one.

  7. I would like to see Garoppolo back in New England, whose system seems to fit him better in style. If he stays healthy, McDaniels will cook up something for him, certainly more potential than Cam.

  8. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    November 3, 2020 at 8:33 pm
    I do not think the Patriots would want him back. He does not seem healthy.

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    NE has better coaching, ol, etc.

  9. Get someone better first. Look back at the Saints and many other games last year. Block for him and then bring up the discussion. Team has problems look at the injury report. Top 3 defensive players out. All running backs out. Best Tight End has missed alot of time and is now out for the year.

  10. The salary cap is projected to drop from $198 M to $175M in 2021. The Niners are already JUST UNDER the current cap. There is no way he’s going to stay on the Niners at $24M each of the next two years given his performance and the fact he can’t stay healthy.

  11. You simply cannot be counted on as a franchise QB if you can’t stay healthy. Time to move on. Similar situation to Carson Wentz but probably not as talented.

  12. Health is the big issue here. When he played 16 games last year he had almost 4000 yards and 26 TDs in his first year as a starter. As Shanahan said he would get better more he played. Matt Ryan has said that it takes a full year to fully get Shanahan’s offense. You can see JimmyG’s ability. He was one overthrow away from being Super Bowl MVP.

  13. Belichick loves him some Jimmy G. Probably could keep him upright with his style of offense. It will be explored for sure.

  14. They won’t be in a position to get Lawrence or Fields. I don’t know if the draft is good and deep. This college football season is also weird with limited games.

    Doubt they can trade Jimmy he is going on 30 and is not the guy. Maybe Jags or Bears go for him since they likely miss on the qbs too.

  15. Boy that would be something if he was traded back to New England, and if it happened and he started winning, and staying healthy, the conspiracy theories would start about how he faked his injuries, and purposely played subpar in order to be traded blah blah blah

  16. There will be a number of QB’s available next year. If Niners don’t sign him, he will be signed by someone.

  17. So strange. These guys all play tackle football for their whole lives. But then some end up being prone to injury while some either don’t or rarely do. JG helped them get to the SB last year. Now he may not play there again? wowo.

  18. Confused by the comments praising the Pats coaching staff relative to the Niners when the Niners just went to Foxboro and smoked the Pats 33-6. Of Jimmy G can’t get it done in Shanahan’s QB friendly offense with way more talent around him than he would have in New England, he’s not going to get it done with McDoofus who has had literally no success without Brady.

  19. Yes he did take them to the SB last year, however this a “what have you done for me lately” league.

  20. Yeah jimmy is out in SF. Could see that coming with their interest in Brady. SF has a small window of a year or two. They need To bring someone like Kurt Warner out of retirement or trade for Fitz in Miami tomorrow.

  21. Jimmy G isn’t going anywhere suckers. Who is available that would be better? Maybe Prescott, but that’s a long shot. Garappolo will be opening day starter for the 49ers.

  22. Why the H*ll would Jimmy even want to stick around with this franchise??? After the way they’ve treated him this year, he should just walk in and say to Kyle – “I’m out of here and off back to New England. Done with this Organization and the York mystique”… Let’s see how they get along with Cousins or Mullens as their long term QB… There will be NO MORE SB’s in SF’s future w/ either of those two as QB.

  23. Seahawks blitzed Mullens same as they did Garoppolo and he got ball out and went to correct receiver. It wasn’t garbage time yardage. When there’s no pressure, Garoppolo gets ball out sometimes accurately. When there’s pressure, he gets happy feet, doesn’t see open receivers as is inaccurate. Need to move on. I suspect Lynch and Shanahan regret not pursuing Brady. And, I suspect they will not be admit mistake of trading for Garappolo by moving on from him. So many missed draft picks, bad trades, bad free agent signings by FO. Their first draft was Baalke-esque, if not for luckily working out Beathard and stumbling upon Kittle.

  24. joe6749 says:
    November 3, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Yes he did take them to the SB last year
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    He didn’t “take them to the SB”, he was along for the ride.

  25. A torn ACL and and ankle requiring surgery and the guy gets the “can’t stay healthy” label put on him. People seem to hang that tag on players like it’s a character flaw. Getting repeatedly pounded into the turf by defenders will cause some injuries. It’s part of the game.

  26. If you don’t think Jimmy G took the 49ers to the Super Bowl you didn’t watch their games. He was great on 3rd down last year and carried the team in some stretches. He hasn’t been good like that this year, no question. But the real problem is that ever since that Minnesota playoff game it has seemed like Shanahan can’t wait to move on.

  27. Why the H*ll would Jimmy even want to stick around with this franchise??? After the way they’ve treated him this year, he should just walk in and say to Kyle – “I’m out of here and off back to New England. Done with this Organization and the York mystique”… Let’s see how they get along with Cousins or Mullens as their long term QB… There will be NO MORE SB’s in SF’s future w/ either of those two as QB.

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    Huh? How did the organization treat him badly? I am not sure what exactly is this ‘mistreatment’ you refer to.

  28. Other than allowing Garoppolo to come back too soon, the Niners didn’t treat Jimmy badly at all.

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