Kyle Shanahan: We still plan on Jimmy Garoppolo leading us

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49ers General Manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan met the media on Monday for the first time since they agreed to trade the No. 12 pick in 2021, a 2021 third-round pick, and their next two first-round picks to the Dolphins for the third overall pick in this year’s draft.

That press conference opened up with a lot of questions about what this means for Jimmy Garoppolo‘s future with the team. Lynch said that the team’s message to Garoppolo was that he “was very much still in our plans” for the coming season while saying that the team is comfortable with having him on the same depth chart with a rookie.

Shanahan said it will be hard to find a quarterback better for the team than Garoppolo in the draft while echoing Lynch’s assessment of the situation and sharing a glimpse into how the older quarterback responded to the trade.

“Jimmy wasn’t totally excited about it but he handled it great like he always does,” Shanahan said. “We still plan on him leading us and getting as far as we can with him.”

Lynch and Shanahan both said they wanted to improve the overall quarterback depth chart with Shanahan adding that they felt they were going to “get left at the altar sitting there at No. 12.” That led them to shake up the top of the draft order and create some intrigue about who will be their quarterback to kick off the 2021 season.

45 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: We still plan on Jimmy Garoppolo leading us

  1. I literally made a joke post last week that they were going to come out and say this.

  2. If Jimmy still has a team willing to pay him $26M a year, I’m guessing he doesn’t ask for a trade… If that happens and the Niners don’t find any takers, they could dump him and then he’d find himself having a really hard time to get a contract worth anything close to what he’s getting now.

  3. Is he trying to say they are not taking a QB at three? That really would be the worst trade in history then.

  4. JimmyG believes you’re weird endorsement of him as much as the rest of us believe you. Getting “as far as we can with him” is telling.

  5. I believe Shanahan.

    He currently has a playoff-ready team and he knows that Garoppolo brought him to the Super Bowl, one year after being out with a torn ACL.

    There is NO WAY that Shanahan is going to take a green rookie and throw him in the fire. Shanahan’s playbook is very complicated.

    Having said that, Garoppolo now knows that he needs to play well and stay healthy, or next year, he WILL be replaced.

  6. Not true. You traded up and at best he is a lame duck qb in 2021.

    You have told him he is being replaced.

  7. Glad they did this deal. We needed another Mickey Mouse franchise to entertain us this year.

  8. I remember the world saying OBJ wasn’t going to be traded, and that his contract made it next to impossible to get a deal done, and then presto he’s a Cleveland Brown. Do I think they’d trade him? Sure if the price is right, but I don’t see a team giving up 3 firsts for a guy who can’t stay on the field, so in the end I don’t see it happening

  9. Aka we are trying to trade him for anything and start the rookie face of the franchise week 1. Josh Rosen will be the stop gap if the rookie isn’t ready.

  10. OBVIOUSLY he is going to be the PATS starter for game 1. been saying it for 6 months…

  11. So much smoke from the 49ers that I can practically see my own reflection…

  12. I see nothing wrong with any of this. I mean, the trade seems like a steep price for sure, and I wouldn’t be happy if my team traded that much. But, throwing these rookie QB’s in there to get crushed doesn’t seem like a great plan. I very much would keep Jimmy G and have the rookie as the #2 all season.

  13. Lynch had done a great job for his first few years with the Nines, he will look like a tool if he don’t pull the next Mahomes. Shanahan will always be a tool for his atrocious play calling in the SB.

  14. Kyle Shannahan will somehow turn his 3rd overall pick into the 28th overall at the last minute.

  15. Jimmy saw his team pay a king’s ransom for the 3rd pick. Jimmy knows the 9ers don’t owe him anything if he’s not on the week 1 roster. Jimmy isn’t here to “mentor” his replacement…

    Jimmy’s getting frustrated!

  16. Not exactly a ringing endorsement but I guess the job is his to lose. They really do struggle with bad backup QBs.

  17. pummer says:
    March 29, 2021 at 4:17 pm
    Glad they did this deal. We needed another Mickey Mouse franchise to entertain us this year.

    +++

    The Seahawks are always happy to entertain their fans.

  18. It’s getting to be obvious why the 9ers are 29-35 the last 4 years with Shanny, being losers 3 of 4 seasons. You can only live off the glory of a choke SB loss so long. Things like giving away the farm to move up 9 slots in the draft or pouring $25 million into a black hole are definite indicators.

  19. Shanahan is not playing a rookie QB this year. PERIOD.

    It took Matt Ryan two years to learn and be comfortable with Shanahan’s complicated playbook. Even Ryan admitted he was overwhelmed in the first year, and this was a veteran QB.

    Depending on how he plays, Garoppolo realistically can be in San Fran for two more seasons as his contract is pretty affordable now. Whichever QB they draft will need to adjust to the pro speed AND learn a very complicated Shanahan system, and without every day practice reps, that could mean 2-3 years on the bench like Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young and Philip Rivers.

  20. Assuming they draft a QB, that is 3 firsts and a third that doesn’t go to offensive lineman or skill players that could help Garrapalo. That will make him less likely to succeed and more likely to be moved eventually.

  21. gimmeabruschi says:
    March 29, 2021 at 5:28 pm
    It’s getting to be obvious why the 9ers are 29-35 the last 4 years with Shanny, being losers 3 of 4 seasons. You can only live off the glory of a choke SB loss so long. Things like giving away the farm to move up 9 slots in the draft or pouring $25 million into a black hole are definite indicators.

    10 12 Rate This

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    Both RBs had 6ypc against the feeble Chiefs D and he stopped running it.

    The thing is, Lynch played for Shanahan so he will never fire his son. They are joined at the hip.

  22. I’d be shocked if the 49er’s go away from Jimmy G and go with another QB, I think they’ll go with a OL/DL with the 1st rounder they traded for.

    Pick a QB in the 1st round and your chances of getting a franchise QB is 25%, pick a OL/DL in the 1st round and your chances of getting a 10yr starter is 80%, it’s a no brainer!

  23. We’re still planning on Jimmy G leading us. Until we’re not. Which could be anytime now.

  24. Of course Jimmy G is the 49ers QB. And if you believe that I have some shares of a bridge to nowhere I’d like to sell you.

  25. Man plans. God laughs. Last year they were planning to win the Super Bowl but they were extremely unlucky to have more injuries than any other team in the NFL. They are once again planning to win the Super Bowl, but of course they will need some luck.

    Since no rookie quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl, they are not going to get rid of Jimmy G. Getting rid of Jimmy G. would be akin to throwing in the tower or waving the white flag. It is a solution looking for a problem. It is a solution that the 49er organization has rejected because they cannot find any problem.

  26. Kyle’s offense is so complicated it has no provision for protecting a double-digit lead. It has cost him two Superbowls. I am not impressed.

  27. “There is NO WAY that Shanahan is going to take a green rookie and throw him in the fire. Shanahan’s playbook is very complicated.”
    _____________

    This is what every team says at first. But let’s say Jimmy G does his usual and goes down hurt a month into the season. They’d really stick to their guns and have the rookie they spent all those picks on sit behind some journeyman as the season goes down the drain? How quickly would stories start circulating about how the kid couldn’t pickup the offense and was looking like a bust in practice? How many weeks could they endure the never-ending questions about when the kid would finally be ready?

  28. This really reminds me of the firing of Harbaugh. They get tired of winners quickly in SF. Ah well, I can look forward to the next cycle of winning 5 to 7 years from now, hopefully the phase of winning lasts more than a year or two.

  29. The 9iners have had the heads up from Bob Saleh ‘ they’re not taking Zach Wilson ‘, for whatever reason , hence the trade up . Wilson will start the season , Jimmy’s going to the Patriots.

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