As somebody who’s an admitted die hard Patriots fan, I can’t help but wonder what things would be like if Belichick didn’t trade Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017 and moved on from Brady after the season. I’m not questioning the move, and I’m absolutely not complaining about it, but if you’re a Patriots fan you have to think about it at some time right?
I know enough of Pats Nation thought about it when Garoppolo was playing in the Super Bowl and we we’re all wondering if Tom Brady would return to New England. We thought about it even more when the rumours started swirling that San Francisco was in on the Brady sweepstakes. One thing that I never questioned and perhaps I should have was, if you have a young Jimmy G, why are you in the market for a 43-year-old quarterback, with a salary cap that wouldn’t allow you to keep both? Maybe a 49ERS legend answered that question for us.
Steve Young appeared on KNBR 680 and said some very interesting things about Garoppolo’s relationship with his coach.
“There’s something about Kyle (Shanahan) and him that you felt through the playoffs, a lack of trust,” Steve Young said of the 49ers QB, as transcribed by 49ers Webzone. “And whether it was true or just perception, it doesn’t matter, at some level. That’s the number one thing, if I were Jimmy, that I would be focused on is making sure both truth and perceptually, that Kyle trusts me and is willing to put the ball in my hands at any time, at any place, in any form, and continually.”
I have a great arrangement with Tecmo Hole: I write whatever I want, whenever I want, and the only time I choose to write is when there is a WOW factor, and let me tell you, Steve Young saying that Kyle Shanahan doesn’t trust Jimmy Garoppolo, that was a WOW moment for me!
Anytime you lose a Super Bowl there are going to be hot takes and rumours, just look at the Patriots after they lost Super Bowl 52, so this could just be Steve Young bored of answering Garoppolo questions so he starts reaching, but after blowing a lead, mistakes made, and passes missed, during the Super Bowl, maybe there’s some truth to Young’s words, and that makes you wonder how motivated Jimmy is going to be heading in to this season.
ClutchPoints points out as well, that just because Jimmy Garoppolo had good numbers, Shanahan wasn’t necessarily putting the ball in his hand.
“In 2019, Jimmy Garropolo completed 69.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,978 yards for 27 touchdowns. Moreover, he just had 13 intercepted passes en route to helping the 49ers secure the best record in the NFC.
Despite his stellar numbers, however, the 49ers had the fourth fewest passing attempts (478). Meanwhile, they ran the ball 498 times, which the second-most in the NFL.”
I’m not ready to say that the 49ERS are ready to find a new franchise quarterback, I mean, at one time they made Garoppolo the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. But, I’m not going to lie to you and say I won’t be paying attention to how Shanahan runs his offense this year, and how much involvement Jimmy G has.
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