On Jimmy Garoppolo, John Lynch said what he had to say

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Yes, 49ers G.M. John Lynch said recently that he has no doubt that Jimmy Garoppolo will be the team’s 2021 starting quarterback. Yes, there is good reason to doubt whether that actually and ultimately will be the case.

Lynch, frankly, said what he had to say. It was no different than the things Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman said about quarterback Carson Wentz on January 4, weeks before the Eagles agreed to trade him to the Colts.

“In terms of Carson, I don’t think it’s a secret that we moved up for him because of what we thought about him as a person, as a player,” Roseman said at the time. “We gave him that extension because of the same things. And so, when you have players like that, they’re like fingers on your hand. You can’t even imagine that they’re not part of you, that they’re not here. That’s how I feel about Carson.”

Roseman didn’t tell the unvarnished truth in that moment because doing so would have made it even harder to get the third-round pick and conditional second-round pick for Wentz that the Eagles ultimately will receive when the trade becomes official on March 17. Similarly, Lynch couldn’t, and wouldn’t, say anything other than Garoppolo is the guy for 2021 before the 49ers have an upgrade to Garoppolo on the roster.

Surely, the 49ers are looking for a better option. With a minimal cap consequence ($2.4 million) and a significant cash and cap charge for keeping Garoppolo in 2021 ($25 million), there’s every reason to look for someone who could be better at the position.

Garoppolo’s biggest flaw (apart from the rash of interceptable passes he threw in the 2019 playoff win over the Vikings that prompted coach Kyle Shanahan to make Jimmy G. a modern-day Bob Griese until the Super Bowl berth was secured) is his inability to stay healthy. As quarterbacks go, that’s a big deal. Indeed, with the rules slanted toward protecting quarterbacks, it should be much easier, not harder, for quarterbacks to remain able and available to play.

So, yes, there is lingering doubt as to whether Garoppolo will be the starter in 2021. If there isn’t, Lynch isn’t doing his job to the best of his ability. Lynch also isn’t doing his job to the best of his ability if he says at this point anything other than there’s no doubt that the starter will be Garoppolo.

And if a better quarterback becomes available to the 49ers and the 49ers acquire him, don’t be surprised if Garoppolo is cut. Who else would pay him $25 million for 2021? (The answer to that question underscores the urgency to find a better option, unless the 49ers can squeeze Garoppolo to take less.)

If/when that happens, don’t expect many in the media to call out Lynch for saying, “But you said there’s no doubt that Garoppolo will be the guy.” If anyone does, the response is simple: The circumstances changed.

The 49ers, in our view, are quietly hoping that they will.

29 responses to “On Jimmy Garoppolo, John Lynch said what he had to say

  1. The difference is Wentz wanted out and hadn’t spoken to his head coach in weeks. Way different situation.

  2. Half way down the article, I scrolled back up an realized Mike Florio wrote this. It explained the exaggerated description of Jimmy G. Mike, when a defense gives up 21 points with 6 minutes left in the Super Bowl that’s not the quarterbacks fault.

  3. Then why not say “he’s our guy”? Fact is they debated going after Brady, then more recently added JimmyG in a suggested deal with Colts! Their dream is to get Watson and claw back some of the eye-watering picks by bagging something decent for sending Jimmy back to NE.

  4. Frankly, Jimmy G is a top 10 quarterback if he can keep himself healthy. That’s the one lesson from Brady that didn’t take – that one of the most important abilities is availability, so stop putting yourself in situations where you easily can be injured.

    Barring that, there are a lot of teams who’d love to have him, and the 49ers would be stupid to give him up unless they got a Deshaun Watson in trade.

  5. streetyson says:
    February 25, 2021 at 8:14 am
    Then why not say “he’s our guy”? Fact is they debated going after Brady
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    When one of the greatest to ever play the position becomes available, it makes sense to take a look. If Brady was available this year, he would likely have even more teams lined up for his services. There are no Bradys in this year’s FA crop.

  6. Careful what you wish for. They just need an elite backup QB. Mariota or someone like that would be a good fit.

    If the niners cut Jimmy G, Chicago would sign him in 30 minutes. He’s a perfect fit with his hometown team.

  7. As someone else said, when healthy Jimmy G is a top 10 quarterback and I think he has a lot of room for improvement. He has traits that other guys that would be comps, like Derek Carr, don’t have, like a quick release. Florio has been obsessed with tearing him down since he signed his contract in 2017, but the 49ers could do a lot worse and get a stiff like Kirk Cousins who will never, ever, sniff a Super Bowl.

  8. This makes me laugh. BB still has the league twisted into a pretzel. Renting JimmyG in a lame duck year with really not much in return if he walks, isn’t good business.

    Lynch has been terrible overall as a GM except fleecing the Colts in that Buckner deal and saving 20 mil per while gaining a 1st.

    If JimmyG is so bad, which he so clearly isn’t, why is this is a question?

    The injury thing is overplayed, too. Numerous qbs have had a leg injury making them miss most of a season before.

    Me lies the yield of the JimmyG trade, too. Looks good. lol

  9. JG is a very good QB. He’s also had the misfortune of getting injured more than his fair share. Sometimes players learn to avoid that extra shot they don’t need to take.

  10. This is nothing at all like Carson Wentz, who got benched with four games to go and didn’t even dress the last game of the season-when healthy. Wentz hadn’t spoken to the coaches for 8-10 weeks (supposedly) and word was that he demanded a trade. I love how the stat says “with Garroppolo” since he left games due to injury and he might not account for some of those stats. Solid work there.

  11. Why does everyone say Wentz was traded for a third and a “conditional second-round pick”? The second-round pick is the least they would get so there are no conditions on it. The conditions are on the first-round pick that they are more likely to get, with Wentz only having to play 75% of the snaps (or 70% and make the playoffs). So he was actually traded for a third and a conditional first-round pick. I think the Colts got this started so it wouldn’t seem like they gave up too much for him and everyone is just going with it.

  12. “Who else would pay him $25 million for 2021?”

    A lot more people than would pay Dak Prescott $35 million, that’s for sure.

  13. Lynch had a good roster to start. You cant sign all these dudes to max deals. They are falling fast. Jimmy G isn’t leading any teams. They definitely cant just cut him with the existing backups. No ticket sales. The Buckner trade was win/win. However I am not so sure that drafting Kinlaw was the answer. That’s on lynch

  14. “Why does everyone say Wentz was traded for a third and a “conditional second-round pick”?”

    Because that is literally what happened and the terminology always used.

  15. “If Lynch wants to win a Super Bowl.
    Change QB’s.”
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    And coaches. The guy is 0-2 in Super Bowls and blew leads in the 4th quarter of both of them the exact same way by failing to milk the clock and failing to run the ball. Not sure why but Shanahan seems to get a pass from lots of people, like it was just bad luck both times.

  16. mogogo1 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 11:47 am
    “If Lynch wants to win a Super Bowl.
    Change QB’s.”
    ________

    And coaches. The guy is 0-2 in Super Bowls and blew leads in the 4th quarter of both of them the exact same way by failing to milk the clock and failing to run the ball. Not sure why but Shanahan seems to get a pass from lots of people, like it was just bad luck both times.

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    SFs RBs were gashing the swiss cheese kc d at 6ypc. It’s fireable offense and people act like it didn’t happen.

    I would be incensed if I was a 9ers fan. Shanahan lost the SB.

  17. In 3 years starting, missing nearly half the starts, he has a 2.9 INT%. That’s bottom end of the league performance in a critical category. He also fumbles 64% more often than a guy like Brady. The market for unreliable QBs who can’t take care of the ball is limited to a very few very dumb GMs. If they can get someone better they will go for it and Bill Frazee in NE will scoop up JG after he’s cut and try to get something out of him, and fail.

  18. If Lynch wants to win a Super Bowl.
    Change QB’s.”
    ________

    And coaches. The guy is 0-2 in Super Bowls and blew leads in the 4th quarter of both of them the exact same way by failing to milk the clock and failing to run the ball. Not sure why but Shanahan seems to get a pass from lots of people, like it was just bad luck both times.

    49ers fan here…

    He doesn’t get a pass

    Dan Quinn was the headcoach in Atl..(defensive guy by the way)
    For a team coming back down 25….
    it takes more than the offense…
    The defense didnt stop them..

    So unless u tell me Shanahan was the defensive coordinator too? How is he the main reason they loss?? His offense built up a 25point lead

    Against the Chiefs..another defensive lapse..3rd and 15 is when the comeback happened with 7mins left..and an offense 10point lead..

    It is just bad luck..or Murphy’s law or the perfect storm or whatever..
    Alot had to happen for those leads to disappear.

    Chiefs came back all through the playoffs so a ten point lead isnt a gimme..

    Unfortunately we needed another first down or two and a defensive stop to increase our chances to win with 7 or so left..

  19. San Francisco easily wins the division and yet we’ll still hear every talking head rave about the other three QBs in the West.

  20. As Bill Parcells used to say “You are what your record says you are”

    Brady 7-3

    Mahomes Only 1-1 Poor Little Patsy

    Shanahan 0-2

  21. deezerman2021 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    If Lynch wants to win a Super Bowl.
    Change QB’s.”
    ________
    And coaches. The guy is 0-2 in Super Bowls and blew leads in the 4th quarter of both of them the exact same way by failing to milk the clock and failing to run the ball. Not sure why but Shanahan seems to get a pass from lots of people, like it was just bad luck both times.
    49ers fan here…
    He doesn’t get a pass
    Dan Quinn was the headcoach in Atl..(defensive guy by the way)
    For a team coming back down 25….
    it takes more than the offense…
    The defense didnt stop them..
    So unless u tell me Shanahan was the defensive coordinator too? How is he the main reason they loss?? His offense built up a 25point lead
    Against the Chiefs..another defensive lapse..3rd and 15 is when the comeback happened with 7mins left..and an offense 10point lead..
    It is just bad luck..or Murphy’s law or the perfect storm or whatever..
    Alot had to happen for those leads to disappear.
    Chiefs came back all through the playoffs so a ten point lead isnt a gimme..
    Unfortunately we needed another first down or two and a defensive stop to increase our chances to win with 7 or so left..

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    Shanahan’s sphincter tightened in the Super Bowl, no question. In that fourth quarter they went straight vanilla and relied on Jimmy to get the ball out in a second and a half where his interior O-line was getting completely blown up by Frank Clark and Chris Jones. The young coaches like McVeigh haven’t been able to adjust in those moments. Also, Cousins over Jimmy G is laughable, and Sam Darnold over Jimmy G with his “quick release” is an even bigger joke. Player wise the only upgrade over Jimmy outside of guys like Russ and Watson is Matt Ryan-and Ryan is on the way down and much more expensive than Jimmy.

  22. If anybody believes anything a GM or Coach says….well…that’s on you for being gullible. Just root for whoever is on your team each game.

  23. mustangmele, don’t you know that wins and Lombardi Trophies are quarterback stats? Clearly, it was all the quarterback’s fault when the defense crapped the bed, and all the truly great quarterbacks are the ones with rings, like Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, Nick Foles, and Eli Manning.

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