Jimmy Garoppolo hints he considered requesting a trade but decided to “go out there and ball”

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The phone call from Kyle Shanahan came March 26. The coach told Jimmy Garoppolo the 49ers were trading up in the draft to take a quarterback — Garoppolo’s replacement.

Garoppolo didn’t know what to think, he said Tuesday. He hints he briefly thought of requesting a trade.

“When it initially happened, there’s a million emotions that go on throughout your head, and you think of all the possible scenarios and things like that,” Garoppolo said, via Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “But at the end of the day, I want to play football. I want to go out there and win games. That’s what I do. And so it wasn’t anything too crazy. It took a little while to process everything. But once I did, it was just, ‘Go out there and ball.’ You got to go out and attack it. The NFL is a crazy business. Things happen, but you have to attack it day by day and make the best of it.”

High-ankle sprains limited Garoppolo to six games last season. He has missed 23 games since the 49ers made him their full-time starter.

Now, for the first time since the 49ers traded for him, Garoppolo isn’t the man. The 49ers didn’t draft Trey Lance third overall to sit him for long.

Despite the uncertainty about his future, Garoppolo vows to “keep pushing.” He took all the first-team reps in the team’s organized team activities Tuesday.

“Being in the NFL for as long as I have, you kind of get used to it,” Garoppolo said of criticism. “It kind of comes with the job. It’s one of those things that it keeps pushing you, though.

“When you hear those critiques and you hear those little things out there, it pushes you to take your game to the next level. We’re all competitors out there. We all want to go [play] the perfect game, and at the end of the day, that’s what we’re trying to do. I’ll keep pushing myself.”

35 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo hints he considered requesting a trade but decided to “go out there and ball”

  1. Just because you ‘request a trade’….doesn’t mean you get dealt. Shut up and play

  2. Smart move. Let’s not forget one guy that attitude worked for. Drew Brees. People forget he was a borderline bust and 3 years after the Chargers took him they took Rivers at #4 slot (yeah I know trade with Giants). Brees turned into a Hall of Famer. Obviously he wasn’t playing anything close to that or the Chargers would never have drafted Rivers.

  3. Jimmy a little advice. There’s a decent shot you’ve reached the peak you’re going to reach in the NFL, you might be a starter on your next team, you might not. So save these Uber big paychecks and dont burn any bridges. Even if you’re not a starter much longer you might be a high end back up for another decade and who knows what might happen. Nick Foles, Jeff hostetler, Kurt Warner had no idea what lay ahead and fate put a moment in front of each they grabbed cause they were ready.

  4. Looking at pictures of him from OTA’s, he’s added a lot of muscle to his legs and upper body from where he was at last year. He looks much different physically. We will see if it pays off.

  5. They may have a shiny new QB on the team, but that doesn’t mean they have to rush him on to the field. The 9ers will be very competitive with the team they have and with Jimmy running the show. Maybe they have a few packages for Trey, similar to Hill for the Saints the last couple of years, but let Jimmy play until they are mathematically eliminated.

    Next year start Trey unless Jimmy G. steps the world in fire this year.

    Also.. this could happen “Down goes Jimmy!” (Seinfeld)

  6. I think his agent may have explained to him the teams might not be lining up to pay him $26M a year.

  7. Matt Cassel 2.0. Showed promise with the Pats, got a huge deal from another team. Had one good year, then……

  8. Hey Jim, this is just one of your big problems. You don’t “Go out there and ball” often enough. The NFL isn’t such a “crazy” business that they will stick with a choker who can’t stay on the field and averages barley 100 yards a playoff game.

    Jimmy must have rethought his response and came up with the lame tuning out the criticism ploy after it dawned on him that he holds zero cards and few teams will give up much in a trade for him. He’s actually been extremely fortunate the 9ers wasted big money on him.

  9. As long as he isn’t coming back to New England. The media here has been driving that story since the end of last season ad nauseum. Good luck staying on the field for six games Jimmy.

  10. I actually think he’s going to have a good year. Then the Niners will be able to trade him and get back some of the picks they gave up to get Lance.

  11. Here’s the thing about requesting a trade, someone needs to want you. Who needs a pretty guy who walks around the sidelines in a stocking cap like elf on a shelf for half the season?

  12. Brian Grayson says:
    May 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm
    Smart move. Let’s not forget one guy that attitude worked for. Drew Brees. People forget he was a borderline bust and 3 years after the Chargers took him they took Rivers at #4 slot (yeah I know trade with Giants). Brees turned into a Hall of Famer. Obviously he wasn’t playing anything close to that or the Chargers would never have drafted Rivers
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    The Chargers offered Brees a contract that was largely filled with incentives based upon performance. Brees was coming off surgery on his throwing shoulder. Rivers made the Pro Bowl 8 times and is 5th all-time passing with 12 season having passed for over 4,000 yards. Not too shabby. By the way, the Chargers didn’t draft Rivers, the Giants did. The Chargers drafted Eli Manning who threatened to sit out the season and was then traded to the Giants for Rivers during the draft.

  13. Why should Jimmy care at all about SF? His coach told him that he’s being replaced so why wouldn’t he ask for a trade? I’d imagine most of us would be looking for new jobs if our employer told us that we were absolutely being replaced in a few months. I’m not a fan of Jimmy or the Niners, but he’d be an upgrade over Jalen Hurts in Philly.

  14. “I was thinking of requesting a trade. But then my agent pointed out that I have zero suitors and no leverage whatsoever. So now I’m going to sit on the bench and cry all the way to the bank for a year or two.”

    -Jimmy Garoppolo

  15. I think Jimmy G’s best chance to shine is in SF and I think he knows that. If he wanted out, his demand wouldn’t be high right now. He’s really only had one good season. But if he shows like that again and stays healthy, his demand goes up. It seems like a smart choice, then, to want to be in SF at least one more year.

    Although if he struggles, I think Lance goes in quick. Or, of course, he can get hurt again. If either happens his demand goes down even more. He’s betting on himself and that is usually a good idea if you’re confident and have the ability to back it up.

    The situation with Rodgers is completely different. His demand is probably as high as ever. He’d help most teams become a super-bowl contender almost immediately. You only get one NFL career. He’s at a point where he doesn’t want what’s left of his to be dictated by others. He’s not some scrub who should just be happy to have a roster spot. He’s probably one of the 10-15 best QBs in NFL history.

  16. boknowsvt says:
    May 26, 2021 at 11:26 am
    Why should Jimmy care at all about SF? His coach told him that he’s being replaced so why wouldn’t he ask for a trade? I’d imagine most of us would be looking for new jobs if our employer told us that we were absolutely being replaced in a few months. I’m not a fan of Jimmy or the Niners, but he’d be an upgrade over Jalen Hurts in Philly
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    For how many games and don’t forget to compare the money being paid to each this season.

  17. Garoppolo is the best QB on the team right now. Trey Lance was handed the job on draft day, so it’s just a matter of time until he takes over. That’s going to happen regardless of who the best QB actually is at the time.

  18. Rumor has it he was walking down to John Lynch’s office to request that trade, but twisted his ankle on the way and didn’t make it there…

  19. Usually, when a player puts in a trade demand, the player will have to have done something significant and have some skins on the wall. Not just get hurt and miss a lot of games. If the Niners where happy with him, they would not have traded up for Lance. Garoppolo should not confuse himself with Joe Montana or Steve Young.

  20. “Usually, when a player puts in a trade demand, the player will have to have done something significant ”

    You mean like taking his team to a Super Bowl in his first full season? that kind of significant?

  21. Say what you want about Jimmy G, he certainly has the right attitude! I hope he does ball out this season!

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