Fred Warner on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘He’s our guy’

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Jimmy Garoppolo might be facing an uncertain future, but he continues to receive endorsements from teammates, including Fred Warner.

In all likelihood, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is closing in on his final game as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

There’s a chance it could be Week 18, the Niners’ final regular-season bout of 2021 versus the Los Angeles Rams. But holding onto the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture, it’s likely Garoppolo will once again be asked with holding the line for yet his second postseason appearance under head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Even if that goes well, though, Garoppolo is likely shown the door in favor of the No. 3 overall NFL Draft pick from this year, quarterback Trey Lance.

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Not surprisingly, there’s been no shortage of conjecture and controversy surrounding the organization since that pick was made, putting many of San Francisco’s other players into challenging situations.

Including All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner.

Fred Warner endorses Jimmy Garoppolo on the Jim Rome Show

Following the 49ers’ overtime victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14, Warner made an appearance on the Jim Rome Show, and it wasn’t surprising Rome honed in on the reality of the situation, one in which the Niners replace Garoppolo with Lance despite how well the former has played down the stretch.

When asked how San Francisco is still responding to Garoppolo, Warner gave an intriguing response:

"I think all the talk outside of the building is one thing. People are going to say whatever they want, and that’s just how it goes for all life and eternity of football. I think inside the building, he’s our guy.He’s the one who led us on that drive to end the game this past week. He continues to show up as a player and as a leader for this team. We have full belief and confidence in him. He’s been doing a great job and has had an outstanding year."

Granted, it benefits Garoppolo to play well down the stretch, increasing his value for whichever suitor comes calling in 2022. And if the Niners are seeking to trade Garoppolo during the offseason, which also makes sense, it benefits the team, too.

Ultimately, though, it sounds like Warner’s comments are echoing what San Francisco has to focus on right now, winning games and getting into the playoffs.

The offseason stuff will pan out when it does, however it does.

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