3 reasons why SF 49ers move on from Jimmy Garoppolo

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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While there’s evidence the SF 49ers stick with Jimmy Garoppolo this season, there are also reasons why they move on from him, too.

Not long ago, Niner Noise explored reasons why the SF 49ers elect to keep Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback this season.

There’s good evidence why. The Niners weren’t overly interested in bringing in quarterback Matthew Stafford, per reports, and there isn’t exactly a lot of other plausible options elsewhere on the offseason quarterbacking market. Aside from players like Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and to an equal extent, the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, it doesn’t seem as if San Francisco would even be in a position to upgrade anyway.

In all reality, Garoppolo does give the SF 49ers a good chance of getting back into the Super Bowl. In 2019, his 3,978 passing yards ranked fourth best in franchise history, while his 69.1 completion percentage was third behind only Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young for single-season bests with the team. And while the Niners boasted a stacked squad that Super Bowl-appearing year, Garoppolo’s four fourth-quarter comebacks — tied for most in the NFL in 2019 — is a pretty good indicator he’s capable of putting the offense on his shoulders.

So, why all the talk about San Francisco moving on from him?

Well, for starters, head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have always stuck to the idea of upgrading whenever possible. There’s a chance that “possibility” just hasn’t revealed itself yet, leading to Shanahan and Lynch stating they’ll “expect” Garoppolo to be under center in 2021. What else would they say anyway?

Yet if there are reasons why Shanahan and the SF 49ers want to move on this season, these three will likely be the cause.