4 observations from Jimmy Garoppolo in 49ers win vs. Bengals

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
2 of 4
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: Jimmy Garoppolo still doesn’t have a strong arm

San Francisco’s offense isn’t built for deep plays, instead relying more on a stout running game with an emphasis on creating yards after the catch.

To this effect, Jimmy Garoppolo can be a good quarterback, provided he’s able to hit his receivers in stride. This isn’t necessarily his best trait, though, and it’s especially apparent on throws down the field.

We haven’t seen too many deep throws by Garoppolo this season, and there was arguably only one deep shot on a second-quarter 3rd-and-15 pass attempt for wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who scantly made a dent on the snap-count list but was at least the intended target for Garoppolo.

Except Garoppolo underthrew Benjamin on the play you can watch here, allowing for multiple Bengals defensive backs to converge and break up the play.

Should Benjamin have fought for the ball more and caught it? Yes. But if Garoppolo leads Benjamin in stride, it’s not only a third-down conversion but also a likely touchdown for the 49ers.

Cincinnati’s muffed-punt issues in the first half helped negate Garoppolo’s mistake, but the fact he can’t throw deep with any sort of regularity is still easily noticeable.