49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan Worried About Jimmy Garoppolo?
It seems as though San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is worried about Jimmy Garoppolo serving as the team’s starting quarterback.
Following the Niners’ disappointing defeat in the Super Bowl at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, everyone said all the right things.
Shanahan took the blame for the loss. General manager John Lynch insisted that he still believed in Garoppolo and that the future was still bright for the 28-year-old.
“From the day he walked into our building, he made us better and we continue to feel that’s the case, and that’s the most exciting thing about him, is the room for growth,” Lynch said at the time.
“He has not come close to hitting the ceiling. I think the room for growth, the more experience he gets in this system, the more experience he gets playing, in general, we think the arrow’s up, and that’s a good thing.”
While everyone has said all the right things publicly, privately there has apparently been a bit of panic regarding San Francisco’s quarterback situation.
According to Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Shanahan has serious concerns regarding Garoppolo’s decision-making, as well as his ceiling.
“As much as Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan likes Garoppolo, I’ve been told by multiple sources that he’s got some reservations about Garoppolo’s ceiling and overall decision making,” Curran said this week.
Fortunately for the 49ers, if they really do have serious doubts about Garoppolo going forward, his contract is structured extremely favorably.
If San Francisco were to cut Garoppolo this offseason, the team would face minimal consequences.
The big question is who the team could realistically get at this point that would be better. Is a 43-year-old Tom Brady truly that significantly better at this stage in the game than Garoppolo? Is Teddy Bridgewater? Is Philip Rivers?
There are no real difference-makers on the market right now. That, more than any other reason, is why San Francisco will likely stay pat and not move on from Garoppolo when it is all said and done.