Jimmy Garoppolo: I was just trying to buy some time when I stepped out of the end zone

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San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo committed one of the most embarrassing plays of this NFL season on Sunday night, dropping back to pass in his own end zone, then dropping back farther, and then stepping out the back of the end zone for a safety. Afterward he couldn’t offer much of an explanation.

“I was just trying to buy some time for the play,” Garoppolo said, via TheAthletic.com. “Yeah, that was a tough situation.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan blamed himself afterward, saying it was a bad play to call with the 49ers having the ball at their own 2-yard line.

“That was a tough situation I put him in, unblocked guy coming at him,” Shanahan said.

Garoppolo struggled with the Broncos’ pass rush all night and was sacked four times. The 49ers will need to find a way to protect him better, which only got harder with left tackle Trent Williams‘ injury.

12 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo: I was just trying to buy some time when I stepped out of the end zone

  1. The funny part is that was the best thing he did on that play since he also threw a pick 6 after he stepped out. It’s crazy how many things he did wrong on that play and he’s the savior?

  2. Yes, the 49ers are better with Jimmy G. than with Trey Lance, just like you’d be better with a cold than a flu, but really, you don’t want either.

  3. Clara looks like a team that will be lucky to be playing for 3rd in the NFC West again and losing to the Bears wasn’t just a fluke.

  4. These kinds of plays are what frustrate niners fans. For team that loaded otherwise, they get held back due to QB play. And please stop dumping on Lance before he even has a reasonable chance to prove himself.

  5. Coached called a seven-step dropback play in the end zone. He really did put Jimmy G. in a great position to fail. Not the QB’s fault.

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