Jimmy Garoppolo will be making his first Super Bowl start on Feb. 2. Is he the San Francisco 49ers’ biggest weakness heading into Super Bowl LIV?
The San Francisco 49ers will play in the Super Bowl in two Sundays. They will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV down in Miami. San Francisco is hoping to win its first Super Bowl since defeating the then-San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. The 49ers have a great chance to beat the Chiefs but do they have any glaring weaknesses? What about Jimmy Garoppolo?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Josh Hill and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, tackle the tough question of if Garoppolo is the 49ers’ biggest weakness heading into the ball game. Perhaps there is something more concerning than the 49ers’ starting quarterback heading into the Super Bowl (29:25)?
No, Schwartz doesn’t believe that Garoppolo is the biggest issue for the 49ers heading into the Super Bowl. In fact, he thinks that a lack of speed in the secondary could be their undoing, particularly in this matchup with the Chiefs. San Francisco will have to cover speedsters like Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and even tight end Travis Kelce in the receiving corps.
Hill doesn’t think Garoppolo is an issue at all. He believes Garoppolo has already proven enough in his time as the 49ers quarterback. They had the best record in the NFC this year and are going to the Super Bowl. He doesn’t buy into the Garoppolo hate. But if he had to pick a reason San Francisco doesn’t beat Kansas City, it’ll be because the defense can’t contain Patrick Mahomes.
Overall, this is a very complete 49ers team. Frankly, this is a more complete team than what Kansas City will be trotting out there in Miami. However, not having blinding speed in the secondary should be a reason to be concerned heading into the Super Bowl. Mahomes and this offense can march down the field in two minutes and they can do it again on another drive.
Ultimately, we should be getting one of the best Super Bowls in recent history. You could go either way in this game. With the 49ers being more well-rounded offensively and being a tougher team in the trenches, you have to love San Francisco’s chances to improve to 6-1 all time in Super Bowls.
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- 49ers are more well-rounded than Chiefs – 7:47
- Schwartz: The Jimmy G hate is unfair – 8:25
- Kyle Shanahan vs. Andy Reid will be offensive fireworks – 17:33
- Will 49ers sack Patrick Mahomes more than 2 times? – 33:25
All this and more!