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49ers Beat Rams 34-13, End Season on Five Game Winning Streak

January 1, 2018 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers ended their 2017 season on a high note after starting 1-10, winning five games in a row with a new quarterback that gives the team hope for the future. The team capped off their season with a 34-13 win in Los Angeles against the playoff-bound Rams. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made some mistakes, finishing with two interceptions, but he also had a couple touchdowns which showcased his skill set. Garoppolo ultimately led the charge that has turned this team around.

The Los Angeles Rams already clinched a playoff spot heading into Sunday’s game, so they were resting several starters. QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, and DT Aaron Donald were among several Rams star players that weren’t playing in the game. This made things a bit easier for the 49ers, but the Rams were still playing hard. That fact was very evident in the second quarter when Rams safety Blake Countess laid a brutal hit on wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin scored a touchdown earlier in the half, but his breakout season was over on this hit as he was carted off the field. Niners fans were hopeful that he would be okay when he raised his arms and waved to the crowd as he was being carted off.

Garoppolo had a solid first half, throwing the touchdown to Goodwin and making some good midrange throws to different targets. He struggled a bit more throwing the deep ball, as he had two first half interceptions that both went to Rams cornerback Kevin Perterson. Still, Garoppolo and the offense controlled the game in the first half, racking up almost 3oo yards in total offense and 15 first downs. Running back Carlos Hyde added an 8-yard touchdown before the half, and the 49ers were up 20-6 going into the locker room.

The second half of the game was more of a slog for both teams. The 49ers stuck to their running game as much as they could. Garoppolo struggled a bit more with deeper throws in the second half as well. This is part of the growing pains for a young quarterback learning a new offense on the fly. However, Garoppolo made consecutive throws of 16 and 28 yards midway through the 3rd quarter that set up another Hyde touchdown, this time for five yards. Although Garoppolo sometimes struggled, he showed resilience and didn’t get down on himself when he made mistakes. Garoppolo bounced back early in the fourth quarter hitting wide receiver Aldrick Robinson for a 12-yard touchdown to make the score 34-6.

Both teams played conservatively in the fourth quarter with the game pretty much decided. The Rams stuck to running the ball with backup running back Malcolm Brown. Backup quarterback Sean Mannion made a few throws, but it was clear the Rams weren’t taking any risks at this point. After a long Rams drive, running back Lance Dunbar punched in an 8-yard touchdown run for the touchdown to make the score 34-13. The 49ers kept it conservative and mostly ran the ball when they got it back. The game ended with the same score, and the 49ers finishing the season 6-10 on a five-game winning streak.

There was truly an incredible turnaround in San Francisco after they traded a 2018 second round pick to the New England Patriots to acquire Garoppolo. The team was 1-10, and looked directionless when they made the trade. Now there are rumors that San Francisco will be a hot destination for free agents next season. The issue of Garoppolo’s future with the team will be something to follow as well. Garoppolo’s contract is up after this season, but the team has the option to franchise tag the quarterback if needed. 49ers GM Jon Lynch said the team is going to make an effort to sign Garoppolo to a long-term deal rather than use the franchise tag. The future looks bright for Garoppolo and his team, even if his future is up in the air. It feels like San Francisco has found their franchise quarterback, and it’s Jimmy Garoppolo. Keep following jimmygaroppolo.net for offseason updates and info on Garoppolo’s future with the 49ers.

 

 

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49ers and Garoppolo Score Huge Upset, Defeat Jaguars 44-33

December 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

The San Francisco 49ers weren’t expected to do much against the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars this week. After all, the Jaguars have one of the best defenses in the league with a lethal combination of cornerbacks in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. But things didn’t go exactly as planned on Sunday in San Francisco; the 49ers offense marched up and down the field while their defense made big plays and even found the endzone. When it was all said and done, the 49ers had their fourth-straight win and improved their season record to 5-10. The hype train behind the team and new star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to gain steam.

Garoppolo had his first multi-touchdown game as a 49er, going 21-30 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown on the 49ers’ first drive of the game. The 49ers jumped out to an early 16-o lead after cornerback Dontae Johnson returned an interception from Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles 50 yards for a touchdown. Bortles would answer back, leading his team on two straight scoring drives and tying up the score at halftime, 16-16.

The Jaguars started the second half off with a drive leading to a field goal that gave them the lead, but Garoppolo and the 49ers offense was ready to answer, and they did just that in a big way. Bortles threw a second interception that gave the 49ers offense great starting position at the Jaguars 27-yard line. Garoppolo and his offense took the field and needed just five plays to punch it in, leading to an 8-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to tight end George Kittle. After a stalled drive by the Jaguars, the 49ers offense showed they could really dismantle an elite defense. The team went on a 13 play, 86-yard drive that ended in another touchdown by Garoppolo, this time to wide receiver Trent Taylor. The touchdown was Garoppolo’s best play of the day. On 3rd and goal, Garoppolo felt pressure from the defense and scrambled out to his left, making a nifty sidearm throw to Taylor for the 5-yard touchdown. It showed the quarterback’s versatility and how he can use his mobility to make a play happen when it seems like nothing is there.

After a third Bortles interception that led to a 6-yard Carlos Hyde rushing touchdown for the 49ers, the Jaguars appeared to be done. They were down 37-19 in the fourth quarter with an offense that had been making big mistakes all day. But Bortles fought back, going on a 16 play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The Jaguars then executed a near-perfect onside kick, getting the ball right back at the San Francisco 46-yard line. Bortles rattled off three quick completions including a touchdown, bringing the Jaguars right back into the game down 37-33 with less than two minutes left. When a second onside kick by Jacksonville wasn’t successful, the 49ers got the ball back at their own 49-yard line. They were ready to seal the game, and the offensive line propelled the running game to do just that. 49ers running back Matt Breida sealed the game with a 30-yard touchdown run on a classic sweep play, making the score 44-33. The Niners continue to roll with Garoppolo at quarterback.

“It was an overall team win today, offense doing our part, defense getting us field position, special teams, it all came together really nice today,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re moving in the right direction right now, it seems week-by-week we keep getting better.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face another playoff-bound team next week in the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defense isn’t as hyped as Jacksonville’s but it wll still be a tough test for Garoppolo and his offense. On Sunday, Garoppolo proved to any remaining doubters that he is for real as a starting NFL quarterback. Next week, he will look to lead the 49ers to a five-game winning streak to end their season. While things once looked bleak in San Francisco, Garoppolo has broght hope back to The Golden City.

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Garoppolo Leads 49ers to Third Straight Win, Has Another Career Day

December 18, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers stayed hot on Sunday with their third straight win, hanging on for a close 25-23 win over the Tennessee Titans at home. Garoppolo again had a career-high in throwing yards with 381 yards, and also threw for a touchdown. 49ers kicker Robbie Gould had another big day, making a career-high six out of six field goals leading to another win for his team. The 49ers have now won three straight games after starting the season 1-10. It is clear that the hype around Garoppolo is real, and he could be the next franchise quarterback for the 49ers.

This game was a tough matchup for San Francisco. The Titans were 8-5 coming into Sunday, and fighting for playoff position in the AFC South division. The 49ers found early success on offense, with Garoppolo leading a 17-play, 85 yard drive in the 2nd quarter that ended with Garoppolo throwing a 5-yard touchdown to tight end Garrett Celek in the 2nd quarter. The 49ers were up 16-3 at one point before halftime, but the Titans put together a nice two-minute drill to score before the half. The two teams would go back and forth in the second half with the game coming down to the wire.

The Titans dominated time of possession in the 3rd quarter, keeping the ball for over 12 of 15 minutes and not allowing Garoppolo or the 49ers offense onto the field. Tennessee led 20-19 at the end of the 3rd quarter, and Garoppolo was about to prove himself again down the stretch. Garoppolo led two key drives late in the 4th quarter to help his team win. With the 49ers down by one point, Garoppolo drove his offense down the field, completing a 54-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Kendrick Bourne with about six minutes left in the game. While that drive stalled due to penalties and a sack for the Titans defense, Gould was able to connect on a 48-yard field goal to put his team up 22-20 with just over three minutes left. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was able to quickly drive his team down the field and answer the 49ers with a field goal of their own. Titans kicker Ryan Succop made a 50-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining to put his team back up 23-22. Garoppolo would have just about one minute with one timeout remaining to put his team in field goal range.

Garoppolo started the drive hot, quickly completing three straight passes of 7, 24, and 14 yards, respectively. He spiked the ball to stop the clock at the Titans’ 30-yard line with 30 seconds left in the game. After taking a shot to the endzone to see if they could score a touchdown, the 49ers offense just ran the ball to the left to set up Gould for the game-winning kick. Gould drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the 49ers the win. The hype around Garoppolo has officially kicked into high gear.

Garoppolo made history on Sunday as well, becoming the first 49ers quarterback to throw for 300 yards or more in back-to-back games since 2000. Garoppolo’s favorite target was again wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who had a big day with 10 catches for 114 yards. A lot of 49ers fans are hoping that their quarterback can get better weapons around him next year, but Garoppolo is satisfied with how the team is performing.

“There were multiple big plays today…there were guys stepping up all over the place,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what makes a good team. We’re building towards that, we just have to keep it going week in and week out.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will face their toughest test this season next week when they face the 10-4 Jacksonville Jaguars, who are on their way to their first playoff appearance in 10 years. The Jaguars feature one of the best secondaries in the league, led by star cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey. They will surely challenge Garoppolo, in what will be an exciting matchup for the budding star quarterback. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for updates and stories about Jimmy Garoppolo!

 

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Jimmy Garoppolo & 49ers Cruise to 26-16 Win in Houston

December 11, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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Jimmy Garoppolo continued to impress NFL analysts and fans alike as he led the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight win this season, beating the Houston Texans 26-16 on the road. Garoppolo and the offense controlled the time of possession just like they did last week in Chicago, with the 49ers controlling the ball for 34:49 of a possible 60 minutes of game time. Garoppolo again set a career-high in passing yards with 334 yards this week, after throwing for 293 yards last week in Chicago. He also threw for one touchdown and one interception. The 49ers are now 3-10 after starting the season 1-10.

The Texans kept it close for most of the game, until Garoppolo found his tight end Garrett Celek for a 6-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. That touchdown, the second for Garoppolo as a 49er, made the game 23-16 and put San Francisco in control. Garoppolo also completed a 61-yard pass to Celek earlier in the drive to set up a red zone opportunity for his offense.

After some mistakes early, the 49ers defense made some big plays down the stretch to protect the lead and secure the win. The Texans had a shot to tie the game up late in the 4th quarter, but star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins fumbled the ball after a catch and the 49ers recovered. That set up a 41-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould with less than two minutes left to put the 49ers up 26-16 and seal the game. The Texans also had to turn to 3rd string quarterback T.J. Yates after their backup Tom Savage was injured early in the game. Texans’ star rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered earlier this season.

The 49ers got a solid effort on offense from running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed 14 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is quickly becoming Garoppolo’s favorite target as he caught six passes for 106 yards this week after a big game last week in Chicago. Garoppolo did a good job spreading the ball around, completing at least two passes to seven different receivers. Garoppolo commented on helping the 49ers have some hope after a dismal start to the season after the win.

Jimmy Garoppolo“I’ve only been here for a short time so I don’t know exactly what has changed and what hasn’t, but I think we have a little bit of momentum with us right now and I think we just have to keep plucking away day-by-day and just keep getting better,” Garoppolo said after the game. “That’s what it’s all about, especially this time of year. We only have three games left now so we just have to keep getting better and better and good things will happen.”

Next week will be a big week for Garoppolo, as he makes his first home start as a San Francisco 49er when the team takes on the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium. The fans will surely be pumped up to see their possible QB of the future suit up at home for the first time. Keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more updates and news about Jimmy Garoppolo!

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Jimmy Garoppolo Leads 49ers to 15-14 Win in Chicago

December 3, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory
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Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers went into Chicago this weekend wanting to show they were a new-look team with their new starting quarterback. In a back-and-forth battle, Garoppolo showed that he could lead a 49ers team that only had one win prior to Sunday’s game. Although the 49ers offense didn’t find the end zone at all during the game, they came away with a 15-14 win over the Chicago Bears led by Garoppolo’s ability to move the ball downfield through the air. It’s a huge win for the 49ers, made a bit sweeter by the fact that a lot of Garoppolo’s family and friends were in the stands to watch the Chicagoland native lead his new team to victory.

JImmy GaroppoloThe 49ers offense looked to be more efficient than it had been all year with Garoppolo leading the way in the passing game. The 49ers dominated time of possession all game long with Garoppolo leading long offensive drives that ended in field goals. The 49ers ended up leading time of possession 38:47 to 21:13. Garoppolo put up a career high in yards thrown, finishing 26-37 for 293 yards and an interception. It’s worth noting that the interception was not at all Garoppolo’s fault. He actually completed a pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy, but Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller made a great play to take the ball right out of Murphy’s hands after he made the catch. It was recorded as an interception. Garoppolo helped the 49ers young wide receivers put up big numbers on the way to the win. Rookie Trent Taylor had six catches for 92 yards, and made four crucial catches on third down plays that kept those drives alive and led to three field goals. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin had 99 yards on a career-high eight catches.

JImmyGAll of the 49ers points were scored on field goals by kicker Robbie Gould, who was released by the Bears in 2016. Gould made field goals of 33, 28, 35, 34, and 24 yards respectively. The 49ers started their final drive of the game on their own eight yard line with about five minutes remaining in the game. Garoppolo, along with some strong running from running back Carlos Hyde, led the team all the way down to the Bears six-yard line to set up the game-winning field goal with only eight seconds remaining. Garoppolo made a key 33-yard throw to Taylor right before the two-minute warning to get the ball into the red zone and set the 49ers up for the win. Overall, it was a great performance by Garoppolo and the 49ers, who are now 2-10 on the season. The 49ers defense limited the Bears to just 147 total yards on offense, which was a big factor in the victory as well.

JimmyGThe 49ers will travel to Houston next week to take on the Texans. Although the Texans defense has suffered some injuries this year to key players like J.J. Watt, it will still be a tough test for Garoppolo and the 49ers offense. What is different now is that this 49ers team has shown that they can move the ball with some confidence through the air. The future is looking a lot brighter in San Francisco for this team, and a huge part of it is the play of Garoppolo.

“I tried to say all week it was just a normal game, but obviously I’ve never come back to Chicago like this, so it was pretty exciting for me,” Garoppolo said after the game. “It was one of the more fun games I’ve been a part of.”

Garoppolo’s star continues to rise as he is finally able to be the sole quarterback and leader of an NFL team. Keep checking here for more updates on the quarterback and the 49ers.

 

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Proving Grounds

- Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo Set to Start for 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start as a member of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday when his team takes on the struggling Chicago Bears. The 49ers traded a 2nd round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots to acquire Garoppolo last month. Upper management of the 1-10 49ers was hesitant to commit to playing Garoppolo at all this season, but a leg injury to quarterback C.J. Beathard in last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks forced their hand. Garoppolo was only in the game for the end of the fourth quarter, but he went 2-2 for 18 yards and threw a touchdown.

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Beathard is actually cleared to play this week against the Bears, but he will serve as the backup to Garoppolo. The 49ers are eager to see what Garoppolo can do for their offense, which has struggled all season. While this isn’t Garoppolo’s first start as an NFL quarterback (he started three games last season for the New England Patriots while Tom Brady was suspended), it is a homecoming of sorts. Garoppolo grew up in Rolling Meadows, Ill. and played college football at Eastern Illinois University. Garoppolo said he expects “a ton” of family and friends to be at the game in Chicago on Sunday.
“It’s exciting. It really is,” Garoppolo said. “I’ve got a lot of family and friends going [to the game]. They’re just as excited as I am. It’s going to be a fun opportunity.”

The 49ers coaching staff is confident in Garoppolo and his abilities, and although the team is well out of a playoff race, they are excited to see how the young quarterback performs on Sunday.

“He’s an impressive thrower,” 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’s got a lot of quick twitch in his body and he can get rid of the ball fast. Plus there’s a lot of zip on the ball. … I really enjoyed how he played the position.”

Garoppolo may have less of a challenge against the Bears compared to other NFL teams because of the long list of injuries Chicago has suffered this season. Bears safety Adrian Amos was injured last week and the team had to sign free agent safety Chris Prosinski just to fill the roster. Still, the Bears defense is ranked 13th overall this year, so they haven’t been all bad. This week is a huge proving ground for Garoppolo, who looks to break out in front of family and friends in Chicago.

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Garoppolo Takes His Magic West

November 28, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

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San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Shows His Stuff in Only 3 Plays

In October, the San Francisco 49ers announced they acquired New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

After getting little play in the shadow of New England quarterback Tom Brady, Garoppolo was put in the Nov. 26 49ers game against the Seattle Seahawks.

With 1:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, 49ers quarterback C. J. Beathard went out with a leg injury.

The excited cheers from the crowd were startling–no, it wasn’t Seattle fans being malicious. As Sporting News reported: “Fans saw Garoppolo warming up on the sideline and began to cheer.”

Garoppolo entered the game, playing three snaps, scrambling for four yards, and throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy. Though the game was a loss for the 49ers, the quick touchdown lit the fire of 49ers fans who had been numbed by a season of disappointment.

When Garoppolo, 25, was announced as a 49er, general manager John Lynch said, “Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league. He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere.”

Though he had collected two Super Bowl rings over four years with the New England Patriots, Garoppolo had little play time with the team, playing in 17 games.

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This was quite a switch from high school (Rolling Meadows, IL) and college days (University of Eastern Illinois), where he had lots of playing time and in the Chicago area was known as a young quarterback of future-superstar status.

At the University of Eastern Illinois, he started all 45 games in which he appeared and completed 1,047 of 1,668 attempts (62.8 pct.) for 13,151 yards, 118 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. 

He was excited about going west to San Francisco. “I got so excited, man,” Garoppolo said in an interview. “I was in my apartment by myself, but I could have run through a wall. That pure excitement of ‘this is really happening…'”

Kendrick Bourne, the 49ers’ original No. 10, generously switched to No. 84, which was important to Garoppolo. “I’ve had it [No. 10] since probably before high school even,” Garoppolo said. “In high school I wore number 10 and I was playing linebacker at the time. It kind of just stuck with me. My first year of college I was number 15, unfortunately, but ever since then I’ve been number 10. It’s done good things for me…”

Now out of the shadow of No. 12 in New England, let’s see what happens with the western No. 10.

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Should Chicago Bears make move for Garoppolo?

February 25, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

 

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New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo speaks with members of the media in the team’s locker room following an NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass.

by Bob LeGere

Reprinted with permission, Daily Herald, 2/2/2017

There’s no doubt about the biggest question facing the Chicago Bears this off-season.

Should they trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to lead their bid to return to NFL prominence, or would they be better off using a high draft pick to get their quarterback of the future?

Bears general manager Ryan Pace has three months to find an answer to the most important decision he will make between now and the NFL draft. His future here and that of coach John Fox may depend on getting it right.

For a Bears team poised to move on from Jay Cutler, the Garoppolo scenario is too intriguing to ignore because the team doesn’t have a successor in place.

The Arlington Heights native, who starred at Rolling Meadows High School and then at Eastern Illinois before being drafted in the second round by the Patriots, has impressed in his limited opportunities in the NFL.

The Pats can afford to entertain offers for Garoppolo because Tom Brady is still playing at a Hall of Fame level at 39 and has indicated he wants to play for several more seasons. They also drafted Jacoby Brissett in the third round last year.

As usual, the Patriots are in the driver’s seat because they’re rich at quarterback and this is not considered a strong year for the position in the draft.

With that in mind, let’s consider the main arguments in this Bears debate.

No. 1: The top QBs in the draft all come with major concerns.

North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky is the consensus top prospect because he grades the highest in accuracy and mechanics. The biggest knock on Trubisky is that he has been a starter for just one year. But he still may not get past the Cleveland Browns, who have the first pick, and the San Francisco 49ers, who are next at second.

That doesn’t mean Trubisky will pay immediate dividends.

“It would shock me if, after one year as a starting quarterback, he were able to play at a high level as a rookie in the NFL,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper said.

But what if he’s there when the Bears are on the clock?

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is not strong fundamentally and comes with accuracy concerns, but he’s a potential top-10 pick. He proved himself on the national stage and has great athleticism and intangibles such as leadership and experience.

Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer is the consensus third-best quarterback in the draft. He has prototypical size, athleticism and a strong arm, but he underachieved last season with inconsistent accuracy. Several draft analysts believe Kizer will be available when the Bears make their second-round pick (36th overall).

No. 2: Garoppolo is the safer pick.

The safer alternative is Garoppolo because he has three seasons of experience with the Patriots. It’s true that the vast majority of that time has been spent watching Brady play the position, but there’s also value in that.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Garoppolo’s work ethic and his acceptance by the team last summer when the Bears traveled to practice with the Patriots.

“I think that happened Day One when he came here,” Belichick said. “He’s always done that. I don’t think it’s been any different this year. He has grown this year, but I don’t think his approach has been any different. Jimmy has good presence for the position. I think he always has.”

The 2016 season was supposed to be Garoppolo’s opportunity to show his readiness to be a starter because Brady was suspended for the first four games for his alleged role in “Deflategate.”

But after less than six quarters as the starter, Garoppolo was sidelined with a right-shoulder injury that kept him out for several weeks. Before getting injured, Garoppolo was spectacular, completing 42 of 59 passes (71.2 percent) for 496 yards, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 119.0.

He has one year remaining on his four-year, $3.48 million rookie contract, but no team that trades for him would do so without a long-term extension in place.

No. 3: The Patriots won’t let Garoppolo go cheaply.

Rumors suggest the starting point in trade talks with the Patriots is a first- and fourth-round draft pick for the 25-year-old Garoppolo.

That’s too much to give up in the Bears’ case, since they hold the third overall selection. Too much unless they’re convinced he is worth much more than he was in 2014, when he was a late second-round pick (62nd overall).

Since then, adding in garbage-time appearances to his two starts, he has completed 63 of 94 passes for 690 yards with 5 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a rating of 106.2.

That’s not a large enough body of work for the Bears to give up the third overall pick unless they’re convinced Garoppolo is their long-term answer at quarterback.

Don’t forget how impressively the Bears’ No. 3 quarterback, Matt Barkley, played last season before he crashed and burned.

In his first three starts, Barkley had an 83.0 passer rating with 4 TD passes and 2 interceptions. After opponents had three games’ worth of film on him, Barkley threw 10 interceptions and 4 TD passes in his next three starts for a 66.0 passer rating. He also lost 2 fumbles on sacks.

The Bears and others will proceed more cautiously than the Houston Texans did last off-season when they signed unrestricted free agent Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million deal that included $37 million guaranteed. The Texans overspent for Osweiler after he had accumulated just seven mildly encouraging starts in four years with Broncos, and they wound up benching him. Osweiler finished 29th in the league with a disappointing 72.2 rating.

No. 4: Comparing apples and oranges in the NFL.

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings just before the start of the 2016 season, they got a first-round pick this year and a fourth-rounder in 2018.

But the two situations are not comparable. The Vikings were in panic mode after Teddy Bridgewater went down with an injury on the eve of what Minnesota expected would be a playoff season.

The Bears have no such reasonable expectations for next season, regardless of who is at quarterback.

More important, Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, and a more proven commodity than Garoppolo.

Bradford had made 64 NFL starts before the Vikings traded for him, and had 54 TD passes vs. 31 interceptions in three seasons.

In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs gave up a second-round pick (34th overall) and a conditional pick (which became a second-rounder) to the 49ers for Alex Smith. But Smith was 29 and had started 75 games, posting a 38-36-1 record. Smith also was a No. 1 overall pick (2005).

The Bears won’t be the only team interested in Garoppolo. The Browns (at No. 1), and the 49ers (No. 2) have critical needs at quarterback.

Still, it’s conceivable the Bears could offer their second-round pick this year (36th overall) and a fourth-rounder next year for Garoppolo.

That would allow Pace to draft a defensive difference-maker in the first round and also get a quarterback of the future who’s ready to play right now.

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Where Will Jimmy Go?

February 4, 2017 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

On the cusp of the Super Bowl (and we hope Jimmy Garoppolo gets to play!) let’s review the many pieces speculating on Jimmy’s possible draft by another team. Will it happen post-season? At present, most likely prospects look like the Cleveland Browns (who really need the help) and the Chicago Bears (Jimmy’s hometown!)

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Here are links to the predictions:

Chicago Tribune:

Fox Sports:
UPI.com:
Sporting News:

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Garoppolo Shines in Debut as Patriots Starter; Patriots down Cardinals 23-21

September 12, 2016 - Author: John-Mark and Chuck Mallory

Jimmy Garoppolo was stellar in his first game filling in for suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, completing 24-33 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots and the Arizona Cardinals went back and forth all game, but Garoppolo was able to drive the team down the field late in the 4th quarter before kicker Stephen Gostkowski came in to kick what would be the game-winning field goal. From there, the Patriots defense forced the Cardinals to attempt a long field goal, which was missed. Garoppolo then took a knee to run out the clock and seal the victory.

The game went in Arizona’s favor early, as a sack of Garoppolo forced him to fumble. Arizona’s Chandler Jones recovered the fumble, which led to a Cardinals touchdown. Despite the early setback, Garoppolo was able to bounce back and make great plays for the Patriots all over the field. While the Patriots are generally known for having a deep passing game when Brady is under center, it would appear that Head Coach Bill Belichick adjusted the gameplan for Garoppolo. Many of the Patriots’ offensive drives included more running plays than passing plays, and when Garoppolo did pass he threw short or mid-range strikes. Despite this, the Patriots still moved the ball very efficiently. Garoppolo’s biggest strength in this game was his effectiveness on 3rd down. Garoppolo completed 8 of 10 3rd down throws and converted seven of those throws for first downs. Arizona has a lot of weapons on offense, including future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and a key part of the gameplan with Garoppolo was to keep the Patriots offense on the field so Arizona’s offense would have fewer chances to score. Despite Fitzgerald’s 2 touchdown catches and a late push by the Cardinals’ offense down the field, the Patriots were able to hang on and get the victory.

The spotlight was squarely on Garoppolo after the game, but instead of basking in it Garoppolo was quick to give most of the credit to his teammates and coaches. It is clear that Garoppolo isn’t going to be a cocky kind of guy when leading this Patriots team.

“Whoever’s out there on the field, we have a lot of confidence in one another, and that means a lot to us,” Garoppolo said. “The coaching staff did a great job simplifying plays for us on third down. It makes things a lot easier for all of us when you have coaching like that.”

While many experts didn’t pick the Patriots to win this game, it seems as if there might be more believers in Garoppolo than there were before the opening kickoff. There will now be even more scrutiny on Garoppolo when the Patriots face off against the Miami Dolphins next week in Massachusetts. While he won’t have as tough of an opponent as Arizona’s defense was, there will be increased pressure for Garoppolo to build on his success from this game. Many people were unsure of Garoppolo’s skill level coming into the season since he hadn’t played much time in meaningful games. As of the time this article was published, Jimmy Garoppolo is trending on Twitter. It just goes to show how much it means to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. If Garoppolo keeps playing this well in the team’s next three games, there may be other NFL teams that try to trade for Garoppolo to make him their starter. Anything is possible, but for now it’s really cool to see a kid like Garoppolo get to live his dream.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots will look to add to their momentum coming off Sunday night’s huge win when they battle the Dolphins next week in the Patriots’ home opener at Gillette Stadium. The Game starts at 1 pm EST on Sunday, September 18th. Be sure to keep checking jimmygaroppolo.net for more news and updates on the up and coming QB.

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