Jimmy Garoppolo Makes It Clear Who Will Start as Niners’ QB1

Published 09/09/2021, 11:27 AM EDT
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)


The head coach of the Niners, Mike Shanahan, made everyone scratch their heads with his scornful replies. His reluctance in revealing the QB1 spot of the team this season led to some mystery, as a quarterback is the most important player of the team.

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Even though Jimmy Garoppolo was confident in his stance as the starting quarterback, few believed it to be the case. It was later this Tuesday with the release of the San Francisco 49ers’ unofficial depth chart; it was revealed that Jimmy was right all along.

Jimmy Garoppolo as Niners’ QB1

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The depth chart places the 29-year-old quarterback as their numero uno, followed by Trey Lance grabbing the second-choice quarterback spot. Although the depth chart is still an unofficial announcement, it is almost certain of how the coach feels about the two quarterbacks.

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“I told you guys a long time ago, I had a pretty good feeling about it. Kind of joked about it, but yeah, I always kind of knew where I stood and everything. And yeah, now it’s official, I guess,” Garoppolo said.

The force is with Jimmy

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 07: George Kittle #85 celebrates with Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers after Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass to Kittle. In a match against the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Even though the rookie quarterback Trey Lance has made impressions of his notable performances yet the decision proves that Jimmy has a lot of football left in him. As the team enters week 1, coach Shanahan is confident on Jimmy’s hold as a quality player right now.

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Shanahan has also announced that Jimmy is one of the seven team captains for the season. It postpones the hopes of those who want to see the franchise become future-proof. Furthermore, with Lance recovering from a finger injury, his presence in the week 1 match against Detroit Lions seems bleak.

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Jimmy Garoppolo has most certainly won the trust of the coach and his peers to emerge as the dominant competitor of the QB1 spot. He still has to prove his mettle in the gridiron from the very first week itself when the Niners meet the Lions at Ford Field.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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