No. 5: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
It’s kind of unfair to lump quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into this crop, especially given the plethora of issues elsewhere on offense, which we’ll get to shortly.
But there’s no getting around the fact Garoppolo didn’t have his best day, when fans all across the nation were wondering if he could in prime time.
Garoppolo wasn’t aided by shoddy pass protection. Not having tight end George Kittle, who was out with knee and ankle injuries hurt, too, as did losing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a ribs injury early.
And the drops. Yes, the drops.
Sanders’ departure seemed to signify a drop in Garoppolo’s production. Holding onto the ball for more than 2.5 seconds didn’t generate the best results, either, according to Pro Football Focus:
Garoppolo’s lone interception on the evening wasn’t his fault, as wide receiver Kendrick Bourne should have hauled the pass in, yet it bounced off his hands to Seattle. But Garoppolo did telegraph a number of passes, which were nearly squeezed off by Seahawks defenders, only fortunately seeing them go to the ground.
Perhaps the biggest argument, which again isn’t totally fair, for Garoppolo being listed here is the contrast to Russell Wilson. Wilson is putting Seattle on his shoulders, and Garoppolo hasn’t established that yet.
If there’s good news for Jimmy G, however, it’s the fact he didn’t exactly get a lot of help.