No. 2: Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo has arguably enjoyed the best four-game stretch as a quarterback during his San Francisco tenure. And while the 49ers have won only three of those four games, noting the Week 9 loss to Arizona, Garoppolo wasn’t exactly at fault for that particular defeat.
Although he did toss an interception during that game, the only one over those four games, which stand in contrast to the six touchdowns he’s thrown over that span, too.
Notably, Garoppolo’s last three games, including a signature win over the heavily favored Rams in Week 10, have produced a notable franchise accolade:
Granted, the Niners haven’t asked Garoppolo to do too much over those last two contests, namely because their run-first approach has led to some lengthy drives, including a whopping 44 rush attempts against those Rams, followed by a lengthy 13-minute, five-second opening possession against Jacksonville in Week 11, setting a new NFL record for longest drive.
Some may feel Garoppolo is ranked too high on this list, which is fine. He certainly isn’t of the ilk other quarterbacks like Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford are. And a lot of it has to do with the fact other NFC West signal-callers either aren’t playing well as of late, or they’re not playing at all.
But Jimmy G is playing well enough to win, and San Francisco has rediscovered its winning ways as of late, which has to factor into the equation.