Kyle Shanahan Places Trust on Jimmy Garoppolo to be a Starter for Next Season

Published 12/29/2020, 10:10 AM EST
MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown of his team against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo, the star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, might have been out for this season, but he is going to be back for the next.


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49ers’ Head Coach Kyle Shanahan intends to bring Garoppolo in as the starting quarterback for the next season. Shanahan explained why Garoppolo will be the starter next season.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after winning the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers beat the Packers 37-20. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Why Jimmy Garoppolo?


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Shanahan shed some light on his record with the 49ers, 24-9. He even went back a year where they tasted defeat in the Super Bowl with a 15-4 run. The next reason Shanahan gave was the salary cap.

Shanahan repeatedly downplayed Garoppolo’s $24 million salary. “Look at Jimmy, what he’s done, look at where he’s at financially,” Shanahan said.

“We better have a very good answer if you’re going to find somebody better than that, because Jimmy’s shown in one year, he’s somebody who can take us to the Super Bowl, and I also think Jimmy’s going to get a lot better the more he plays.”

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 07: George Kittle #85 is congratulated by Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers after Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass to Kittle against the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Shanahan further talked about the major reason Garoppolo was out this season. Garoppolo sprained his right high ankle while playing against the New York Jets in Week 2. His injury took a turn for the worse in November while playing in Seattle.
“The injuries he had, I mean, kind of took the year from him. It was unfortunate for Jimmy and for our team. I know it’s frustrating for him. That’s why he’s got to go into this offseason to do everything he can to get ready for Week 1 next year.
“Hopefully we’ll get an offseason so we can make sure we give him (practices) because he didn’t get that (during 2019 ACL recovery), which was tougher.”

Contract extension for Garoppolo.

This upcoming season might be the 49ers‘ chance to improve their backup. Shanahan did not rule out the drafting of a quarterback, he might have said, “They’d have to be a ton better.

“We build football teams and it’s your job to put the best team together year in and year out. People talk about Jimmy’s contract.

“Jimmy is like one of the middle quarterbacks in the league right now in terms of salary. That’s just how much they cost. So it’s not like it’s something ridiculous. We can work all that out.”

This might mean a contract extension to diminish the 2021 cap charges of $26 million. It is the 11th among other NFL quarterbacks.


Milind Bage

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Milind Bage is an NFL writer for EssentiallySports. During his time at school, he participated in a number of spotrs at both the national and state level. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with decent experience in content writing, client servicing, marketing, and branding.