Jimmy Garoppolo fully endorsed by key 49ers players

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Jimmy Garoppolo is still receiving support from the star 49ers players even while his future with the team isn’t fully known.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been a hot topic of discussion the last few months of the season, but maybe not for the reasons he would like.

Jimmy G has had to deal with plenty of rumors and critics questioning his ability to be a franchise quarterback ever since he overthrew former Niners wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs a year ago.

Last offseason was also filled with possibilities of replacing Garoppoolo with now-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, the man Garoppolo sat behind in New England with the Patriots before coming to SF. Last season did not seem to help Garoppolo’s case to remain the starter after failing to remain healthy, playing only six games this year. With the offseason officially underway, there will certainly be more skepticism about Jimmy G’s future as the man under center for the Niners.

If you take a look around the 49ers locker room, though, it seems to be a completely different story.

Multiple Niners, such as running back Raheem Mostert, tight end George Kittle, and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. still continue to back Jimmy G in the midst of all of these rumors and speculation.

Mostert has been the latest member of the team to show support for No. 10. According to Sirius XM NFL Radio on Feb. 2, he said, “Hey look, that’s my quarterback until otherwise, you know, and that’s who I’m going to ride with.”

This is not the first time Mostert has showed his support either. In an interview on the Murph & Mac Show on KNBR 680 (h/t 49ers Webzone), Mostert sad, “He’s going to have bad games. It’s our duty to help pick him up. If the run game is not working, we expect the pass game will be working and vice versa… I believe in Jimmy G, and so does the rest of this team and the organization.”

Jimmy Garoppolo gets a boost from George Kittle and Jeff Wilson, too

The next man up to continually show support is Kittle, who has said repeatedly how much he supports his QB. On Feb. 2, Kittle was on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, and yet again set the record on his stance about Jimmy G. Kittle knows analysts love to talk during the offseason and that’s what he said about the talk about Jimmy G. It’s all talk.

“I still believe in Jimmy G,” Kittle said. “I think he’s an incredible quarterback. I think he can lead us to another Super Bowl. I think we can win a Super Bowl with him. I can’t even talk enough about his leadership skills on and off the field. I feel like I’ve answered this question about 200 times now since I last talked to you guys after last Super Bowl, but I’ll keep dying on the sword because I think Jimmy G’s a fantastic quarterback. He’s got an amazing release, got a great arm and a great touch. So I’m happy to have Jimmy G as my quarterback and I know that we can win with him.”

Garoppolo has been dealing with criticism since the end of last year. Along with that, he has been receiving support since the end of last year as well. One of the first players to defend Jimmy G and head coach Kyle Shanahan after the Super Bowl was Wilson.

Shortly after the loss, Wilson joined NFL Network’s Steve Wyche in an interview shown below and addressed the criticism saying that it was unfair:

Even with key players pointing to the fact Garoppolo helped lead the team to the Super Bowl only a year ago, he has not stayed healthy and continues to face criticism this offseason. The play-calling differences from when Shanahan has had Jimmy G under center compared to other QBs this year should make fans speculate how much Shanahan trusts Garoppolo with the ball in his hands.

Only throwing eight passes in the NFC Championship game a year ago, playing great until he didn’t in the Super Bowl, and all the injury issues leave Jimmy G’s future in the red and gold uncertain.

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We know one thing for sure, though, many Niners players have his back until the end.