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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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Garoppolo Takes His Magic West

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

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Don’t mess with the best

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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Jimmy: Getting to Know Him

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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