Kyle Shanahan: It didn’t make sense for Jimmy Garoppolo to stop his rehab for minicamp

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Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo currently remains on the 49ers roster, but the team excused him from its mandatory minicamp this week.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday that a significant part of why the team did that was to not impede Garoppolo’s progress in his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery.

“All his rehab is down in L.A., so for him to stop it to come up here for a three-day minicamp doesn’t make much sense for him or for us,” Shanahan said in his press conference. “So, we want him to stay with his rehab. I mean, it wasn’t a real risky surgery or anything — it just takes time. So, I think the plan still — has always been — July.

“I know there’s no concerns with it and he’ll be throwing sooner than later.”

San Francisco has been working with Trey Lance as its starting quarterback throughout the offseason program and he is expected to take over the role full-time in 2022. But if the 49ers don’t trade Garoppolo before training camp begins, Shanahan said he’s still expecting Garoppolo to report to training camp and participate — though there’s a possibility he could be excused.

“I’ll think about that when that day comes,” Shanahan said. “But if Jimmy’s under contract with us and he’s healthy, right now, I would see him coming to practice unless we trade him.”

Garoppolo completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the 2021 regular season. He then completed 58 percent of his passes for 535 yards with two touchdowns and three picks in the postseason.

For any team that needs a quarterback in August, Garoppolo or Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield figure to be the most attractive options on the trade market.

10 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: It didn’t make sense for Jimmy Garoppolo to stop his rehab for minicamp

  1. I hope Lance does turn out to be great, but let’s be honest, what they’ve done with him so far is not what you usually do with someone you really think is your QB. Maybe it will be a Mahomes sort of unleashing, who knows?

    Either way, it’s weird to me how teams like SF and Cleveland seem so allergic to success. SF gets to a Super Bowl and makes the playoffs with Garoppolo, the Browns get their first playoff win in 30 years with Mayfield, and they both panic.

  2. Winston is in camp with a serious injury that he is rehabbing. Jimmy is not at camp with a minor injury that the team didn’t feel he needed surgery for.

  3. “It doesn’t make sense to jeopardize Jimmy’s trade value by having him participate in OTAs”.

  4. kevpft says:
    June 7, 2022 at 4:33 pm
    I hope Lance does turn out to be great, but let’s be honest, what they’ve done with him so far is not what you usually do with someone you really think is your QB. Maybe it will be a Mahomes sort of unleashing, who knows?

    Either way, it’s weird to me how teams like SF and Cleveland seem so allergic to success. SF gets to a Super Bowl and makes the playoffs with Garoppolo, the Browns get their first playoff win in 30 years with Mayfield, and they both panic.

    ——————
    There’s absolutely no panic IMO. If you watched Niners games you’ll know that Jimmy wins a lot but in many cases people are living on the edge about when he’ll turn the ball over.

    Also, in many cases, when the chips are down he won’t come through. Witness the incomplete pass to Sanders with superbowl on the line. Sanders was wide open for a (potentially) winning score. Then, when all he needed as 3 points to tie the game in the last NFC championship, he throws a pick.
    There was a pretty good chance that niners have two superbowls if he came through then. Niners fans have a love hate relationship with him. He could have been a super bowl MVP – alas.

  5. He’s going to Cleveland. They run the Shanahan offense. And DeShaun is busy wondering where to put it. And Baker has had his bags packed for months

  6. Win win: niners get to see what they have in Lance and Jimmy basically on ice as they either plug him back in to start if Lance isn’t ready or (they hope) trade him if Lance is the real deal.

  7. For years in the NFL, teams knew that the best way to bring along a QB was to let him sit for 2-4 years. Due to the current huge salaries, most teams draft a QBand throw him in the fire, but the best thing for the QB would be to let him sit.

    Rodgers sat behind Favre for 3 full years, and started in his fourth.
    Steve Young sat behind Joe Montana for 4 years and started in his 5th
    Tom Brady sat for one year.

    Sitting Lance for another year would be fine, and with the way Jimmy G gets injured, there’s a good chance he would start at some point this year.

  8. kevpft’s observation: “… a pretty good chance that niners have two super bowls if he came through…” is, unfortunately, spot on. Two things I think: Jimmy’s Starter Days are behind him because he has proven time and time again his effectiveness is predicated on Kyle’s scheme/system. And since all the needy GM’s that could have traded for Jimmy all chose not to, adjust his dollars and make him the best back up for the niners and for Trey.

  9. Shanahan is a middling coach with a middling record and now he and Lynch are trying to sell the narrative to Clara fan to be “Faithful to the Southeast corner of the Bay” while they fumble through another sub-par season. Hilarious.

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