John Lynch: We have a lot of belief in Jimmy Garoppolo

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49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s ankle injury doesn’t require surgery, but it has sparked some questions about his future with the team.

Garoppolo has two years and no guaranteed money left on his contract, which at least opens the door to the possibility of a change in direction for the team this offseason. A recent scouting trip to see BYU quarterback Zach Wilson raised a few eyebrows around the team and led to questions for General Manager John Lynch during a Friday appearance on KNBR.

Lynch said there was no connection to Garoppolo because you have to “prepare for everything” as an organization. He also acknowledged that Garoppolo didn’t play quite as well as hoped this season, but said that he chalked that up to injury and said the team’s belief in the quarterback hasn’t been shaken.

“I think the elephant in the room, everyone wants to know about Jimmy,” Lynch said. “We’re a better football team when he’s out there. We win a lot of games when he’s out there, we’ve struggled to win without him. People can try and pick his game apart. I do believe a lot of this year, Jimmy probably hasn’t played up to his standard. I think a lot of that, he’s been somewhat compromised with his health since he had that high ankle in the New York Jets game. Think about prior to the ankle injury in that game, I believe he was 12-of-14, he was our player of the game. We have a lot of belief in Jimmy.”

Words can fade away when there’s a chance to take action and that chance will come in the offseason for the 49ers and the rest of the league. That’s when the 49ers can fully demonstrate their belief in Garoppolo as the man to lead their offense.

37 responses to “John Lynch: We have a lot of belief in Jimmy Garoppolo

  1. Call me crazy but I don’t think “he played well against the jets” is too inspiring. Probably shouldn’t use that as the measuring stick.

  2. Jimmy G is done. This is what GMs say before making a move. Wouldn’t be surprised if he kicks the tires on Darnold and asks what the Jets would want in a trade.

  3. Even if Lynch is correct and Garoppolo is a great QB, that doesn’t mean anything if he’s always injured. He has only played one full season with the Niners, out of 4 seasons. The other years, he never played more than 6 games.

    A team can’t win with a QB that is missing for over half the games in most seasons.

    The problem is that the Niners will still win too many games this year to be able to get a good QB in the draft.

  4. Lynch has a lot of belief in Jimmy.

    Yeah, a total belief that if Jimmy is healthy enough to play most of a game, he is certain to throw his typical two interceptions!

  5. They got to the super bowl with Jimmy Garoppolo, so he’s not the problem in SF. The 49ers lost Nick Bosa, who was as good as any player in the league last year, and they also lost Buckner, who is an all pro. Every team has injuries, so I’m not making an excuse. It’s just when a team loses it’s best player, like New England lost Brady, it does make a huge difference.

  6. They should just do a reverse-trade with the Pats, send him back for a 2nd round pick, along with his contract. Win/win.

  7. charliecharger says:
    November 13, 2020 at 6:53 pm
    They got to the super bowl with Jimmy Garoppolo, so he’s not the problem in SF. The 49ers lost Nick Bosa, who was as good as any player in the league last year, and they also lost Buckner, who is an all pro. Every team has injuries, so I’m not making an excuse. It’s just when a team loses it’s best player, like New England lost Brady, it does make a huge difference.

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    The Ravens made it to the SB with Trent Dilfer. The Broncos made it with 2016 Peyton Manning who looked closer to Eli now then 2013 Manning. Injuries don’t change the fact that Garoppolo has had subpar play outside of one year with the best D in the league; and he still had bad games (see; week 10 v Seattle)

  8. “Just wait until the $175mil cap(or less) kicks in in 2021, then I bet their tune will change!”

    Next year’s cap will be equal to/or exceed $200,000,000. Owners will pay it out of their own pocket.

  9. I wish people would quit asking your team to tank…you lose a couple games and right away you give up on the season..besides Football players have pride they can be 0-9 and will still try hard to get a victory..plus even with the horrible start the 49ers have had they can win 4 out of there last 6 and they can sneak into the playoffs …just stop saying tank ..not just for the reason i just said but also theres no gaurantee your draft pick will become a good NFL player..just win as much as you can..im not even a 49er fan but i would never wish my team to tank .these are pros with pride..

  10. He has made over a hundred million dollars already from the 49ers. So far. If he is smart he would retire now and enjoy the rest of his life..
    It’s time to think about the quality of your life with all those injuries.

  11. sanfranfansince86 says:
    November 13, 2020 at 5:59 pm
    Jimmy G, and Dee Ford in a package deal for some draft capital.
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    Sounds good paper but I’m pretty sure most GM’s realize by now that Dee Ford is nothing more than a part time player. When you have been in the league along as he has been and played for 2 teams and you’ve played less than half of your teams games potential isn’t going to get you much in return.

  12. Cam’s contract is a lot easier to manage than Jimmy’s. And Cam’s ceiling is higher. For all the people saying Jimmy should go back to the Pats – I’m not seeing it. Certainly not at the current price.

    Now if he came cheap, sure.

  13. acemagee45 says:
    November 14, 2020 at 3:24 am
    “Just wait until the $175mil cap(or less) kicks in in 2021, then I bet their tune will change!”

    Next year’s cap will be equal to/or exceed $200,000,000. Owners will pay it out of their own pocket.
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    WOW what the hell kind of mind altering drugs are you on? There’s no way the owners take a hit like that after this season and the fact the NFL will have between $5-6bil in lost revenue for 2020, I’d bet the cap will be closer to $160mil. Remember when this season started the NFL thought they’d lose a month or two to COVID and it’s going to end up being the entire season.

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