No. 7: 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo finds himself one spot ahead of Trey Lance for one primary reason. Right or wrong, Kyle Shanahan still appears to be “sticking to his guns,” insisting there’s no quarterback competition between the two, and Jimmy G is still very much the starter despite missing Week 5 with a calf injury.
Garoppolo handcuffs the offense, but it’s nothing new. Even with regard to his injuries, the kind of impact the Niners have received from Garoppolo the last year-plus is relatively unchanged.
And some may argue Jimmy G has actually regressed within Shanahan’s offense, not enhanced it despite being immersed in the system for over four years now.
At any rate, Garoppolo’s 66.1 completion percentage on the year, along with his 96.9 passer rating, is right in line with his career averages in both departments. Garoppolo still apparently having a claim on San Francisco’s starting job despite Lance’s one-game ascent is probably the only reason why Jimmy G is ranked one spot higher on this list.
Still, the fact a veteran quarterback is well outside the top five of any offensive NFL power rankings list for a team is a problem the 49ers have to both admit and hope Lance eventually solves.
Hopefully sooner than later.