Jimmy Garoppolo must be impressive after 49ers free-agent signings
The 49ers are making all the right moves this offseason. Now it’s up to Jimmy Garoppolo to take them to the promised land.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got some help on the first official day of free agency.
Now the pressure mounts for him to have the best season of his NFL career.
While many of us were dreaming of signing all the top players, Niners general manager John Lynch was awake in the wee hours of the night on March 17 making them come true. He and offensive lineman Trent Williams agreed to a massive record-setting contract, which keeps the “Silverback” in the Bay Area for six more years:
The 49ers are also bringing in center Alex Mack, whom Williams immediately tagged on social media after announcing his signing.
Along with fullback Kyle Juszczyk coming to terms with San Francisco, the team is back to being a Super Bowl contender after going 6-10 last season amid a flurry of devastating injuries.
But the 49ers will only go as far as Jimmy Garoopolo can take them. All offseason the conversation (besides trades talk) was how can they improve their offensive line to keep Garoppolo upright and give him a chance.
Well, Lynch and the front office address those concerns. Now the spotlight turns back towards Garoppolo and the heat from the bulb increases. This is quite literally a Super Bowl-or-bust year for Jimmy G.
We know Garoppolo can win games. But we don’t know how long he can stay healthy. The 49ers want to be consistent every single year rather than every other. So far, he can only provide the latter.
In the six games, we saw last season he looked a bit frazzled. Especially in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. There’s probably a lot going through his mind. He was minutes away from winning his first NFL championship as a starter, to having to deal with a pandemic that changed the league’s offseason and how he might’ve dealt with losing, to most likely having his 2018 ACL injury on the back burner.
Add on his ankle injury against the New York Jets, and we’ve arrived to now.
This early hiccup in his career could just be temporary. FanSided’s Dylan Schmittler looked at a few NFL players who’ve overcome injuries to have fantastic careers.
Garoppolo knows he has support from his teammates and the front office, which is most important. Now he has to regain the support from the Niner Faithful to prove he is worth his contract and worth keeping into 2022.
There’s still a lot of offseason to get through, but Jimmy Garoppolo has a team built around him with the NFL Draft still to come.
No excuses now, Jimmy G.