49ers Legend Joe Montana Gives His Take on Jimmy Garoppolo Dilemma

Published 03/04/2021, 1:32 PM 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)


The 2020 NFL season ended on a sour note for the Kyle Shanahan-led San Francisco 49ers. The Super Bowl LIV runner-ups finished at the bottom of the NFC West table with a 6-10 record. Their campaign was plagued by a whole host of injuries.

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The 49ers lost their star defensive end Nick Bosa in Week 2 itself to an ACL. RB Raheem Mostert, CB Richard Sherman, and even QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered extended spells on the sidelines over the course of last season.

September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Garoppolo ended his 4th-season in The Bay with a 3-3 record. In 6 starts, Jimmy G threw for 1,096 yards with 7 passing touchdowns against 5 interceptions.

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Various reports suggest that the 49ers could be tempted to move for wantaway Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. The misfiring New York Jets youngster Sam Darnold is also reportedly on their radar.

One can’t help but wonder if Jimmy Garoppolo has played his last game for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Legendary quarterback Joe Montana was the latest guest on ESPN’s First Take earlier this week. The 4-time Super Bowl winner started the segment where he answered questions about Jimmy Garoppolo’s immediate future in San Francisco.

He said “I think you always have to be behind the players. And you know, who knows what’s going on behind the scenes? You know he’s been, it’s been tough for him to play and stay healthy throughout these times he’s been with the 49ers.

“And I think that becomes a concern if you can’t keep him on the field. I think it’s a tough decision with the cap money that he has against them.

“My guess is they because of his age, they’ll keep him to give him another chance at it….I think they just try to keep him healthy and see what they can get from there.

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Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

“And if it continues along this way, then I would imagine they tried to make a change because it’s hard to to get any kind of consistency offensively,” Montana said on the show,

Coach Shanahan and 49ers GM John Lynch have both publicly claimed that Jimmy G is their starter in the build-up to the 2021 season.

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But crazier things have happened in the league over the last couple of seasons. We have a feeling there are more than a few chapters left in this story.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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