San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed his first full season as a starter. It was a pretty successful year, but like for most quarterbacks, there’s always room for improvement. Niner Noise looks at how Jimmy G can best himself in 2020.
In two games as a starter in New England with the Patriots, Garoppolo won each game. In his first five starts as a Niner, he won them all. In 19 regular-season games between 2018 and 2019, Jimmy G won 14 of them.
He even has a winning record in the playoffs, with two victories and one loss.
A lot will be and has already been made about Garoppolo in his first Super Bowl start, which ultimately resulted in a 31-20 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. But it’s important we as fans, the media, etc. to not completely base his performance off just one game. Yes, the Niners had a lead. Yes, he and the rest of the team got overpowered in the fourth quarter. However, who was the quarterback behind two different centers all season long? Who led the team to 13 wins, the NFC West title and a Super Bowl appearance?
Jimmy G did.
When you play a full season for the first time in your career, you’ll amass “career highs.” In 2019, Garoppolo passed for 3,978 yards, threw for 27 touchdowns, tossed 13 interceptions and he even ran for 46 yards.
But here’s the thing: Garoppolo can get even better in 2020.
He finished in 12th among league leaders in passing yards, sits tied for fifth in touchdowns and is only in the eighth spot in interceptions. He also finished just behind Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with four game-winning drives. Wilson had five.
If Garoppolo can work on his accuracy, reduce the amount of time in the pocket and continue to gain valuable starting experience, he’ll have another season of career highs.