Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo to be 49ers’ quarterback in 2021

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Jimmy Garoppolo entered the NFL in 2014. Only once has he started more than six games in a season.

That came last season when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where San Francisco lost to the Chiefs when Garoppolo completed only 3 of 11 passes for 36 yards with an interception and a 2.8 passer rating in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers flirted with the idea of signing Tom Brady in the offseason. They passed, giving Garoppolo another season, but he played only six games.

The 49ers could look elsewhere this offseason, too, or at least bring in some competition. But, as it stands today, Kyle Shanahan expects to have Garoppolo as his quarterback next season.

“Yes, I do believe Jimmy is going to be our quarterback next year,” Shanahan said.

Shanahan then was asked whether he could say with “100 percent certainty” that Garoppolo will have the job again in 2021.

“You can’t say anything with certainty,” Shanahan said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “You don’t sit here and make promises on anything. When you build a football team, it’s your job to put the best team together year in and year out. People talk about Jimmy’s salary. Jimmy is like one of the middle quarterbacks in the league right now in terms of salary. That’s just how much they cost. So it’s not like it’s something ridiculous or anything like that, so we can work all that out. And, not to mention, look at Jimmy’s record when he’s been here. Jimmy you can win with. He’s proven that. He’s proven he’s a starting quarterback in this league. We had a couple of other guys who got opportunities this year who played like they have a chance at times to be starting quarterbacks, but they did play like backups overall. C.J. [Beathard] played like he has ability to be a starting quarterback two nights ago. He also did that in 2017 in a few games that we had with him. I remember him playing like that versus San Diego.

“But Jimmy, there’s a reason his record is what it is, and that’s why we paid for him to be our starting quarterback. And to think that that’s ridiculous with where his contract is, this isn’t like the first year. That’s how much quarterbacks cost in this league, and he’s right there. I don’t know the number, but I think it’s somewhere between 13th and 19th, so that’s nothing too big. That’s how much they cost. Now, you look into every avenue and you see if there’ something out there that can get you a ton better. That’s the same answer for every position, but you look at Jimmy, look what he’s done, look where he’s at financially, we better have a very good answer if you’re going to find something better than that. Jimmy has shown in one year that he’s the guy who can take us to the Super Bowl and I also think that Jimmy is going to get a lot better the more he plays.”

Garoppolo’s average of $27.5 million per season ranks 13th in the NFL, per Garoppolo, 29, has two years remaining on the deal.

In 3 1/2 seasons in San Francisco, Garoppolo has started 30 games. He has missed 23 with injuries.

Garoppolo has a 22-8 record with a 98.1 passer rating.

18 responses to “Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo to be 49ers’ quarterback in 2021

  1. Garoppolo will be back in New England next year. We will hear the Pats fans talk Super Bowl during the offseason just to watch the patriots go 5 – 12 next year.

  2. To think John Lynch is gonna sit on his hands this off-season and keep Jimmy G is crazy.

    He’s missed 44% of the games since he was acquired, this season his PFF grade is near the bottom of the league, as it was in 2018. Whether it’s a free agent, trade, or draft pick, there will be a quality competitor for the starting QB job next season in SF.

  3. Well…then expect 6-7 games from him until he gets hurt again. This dude seriously lacks the x-factor both ON and OFF the field.

  4. He will be in New England next year and the Patriots will go 12-5. I can’t believe they’ve won 6 games already with Newton this year.

  5. Jimmy G is the 49er’s best chance at getting back to the Super Bowl. They may draft a QB, but Garappolo is next year’s starter.

  6. krakenit says:
    December 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm
    “Oh please YES!!!!”

    -Seahawk Fans


    Niners fans are excited that you guys got Carroll who’s got exactly one Super Bowl win out of a super talent like Wilson. Keep at it guys. He’s also known as the guy who had the worst play call in the history of Super Bowl. Must be exciting for you guys to relive that memory.

  7. smokingafatone says:
    December 28, 2020 at 7:36 pm
    As a Rams fan this is great news thank you Kyle . Couldn’t come at a better time
    Bro, your Rams got swept by the Niners this year and the Niners have been playing with half a squad. A Rams fan talking about another teams QB when you have Goff, who is garbage. Ironic.

  8. Jimmy you can win with.


    Certainly the way you want your HC to describe you, lol.

    So the last two NFC champions want new QBs.

  9. I been reading these boards for a long time. I Never felt a need to comment ’till now. I am shocked at those who want to give up on Jimmy. This is the NFL. You need a MAN as QB not some kid. IMO, only one of the top 3 QBs that will be drafted this year will make it. And it might not be Trevor Lawrence. If Lawrence does leave Clemson, he might pull an Elway/Manning and boycott his draft to the Jets / Jaguars then again he may stay at Clemson. I am not sold on Zach Wilson either. Jimmy wins when he is healthy. Keep him and STOP this nonsense of talk of trading him back to NE.

  10. People amaze me with their couch coaching logic. I hate that Jimmy G is always hurt, but beyond that, how in the world can so many people think he isn’t a quality starter? There is only one statistic that is needed. Look at the 49ers win/loss record when he plays and doesn’t play. It is almost completely flipped when he is playing compared to when he isn’t. The exact same 49ers team and coaching staff is something like 8-25 when Jimmy G doesn’t play and 23-7 when he does play. Forget what all your opinions are. There is one objective in the NFL…to win. That is exactly what Jimmy G has done with this franchise.

  11. There is one objective in the NFL…to win. That is exactly what Jimmy G has done with this franchise.
    Except in the biggest game he’ll ever play in.
    69.2 QB rating. 1 TD 2 INT’s

  12. collectordude says:
    December 29, 2020 at 2:15 pm
    There is one objective in the NFL…to win. That is exactly what Jimmy G has done with this franchise.
    Except in the biggest game he’ll ever play in.
    69.2 QB rating. 1 TD 2 INT’s
    There you go throwing around pointless stats again. You are talking about the same game where he outplayed Patty M for over 3 quarters, had his team winning the entire time, and then the defense collapsed right? Yea, that game. The game where he again had them in position to win. I forgot he is the only person on the team, and it’s his job to stop the other team from scoring

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