Jimmy G Is Better Than You Think

Garoppolo is good. Really good.

Jim Rome
January 24, 2020 - 11:17 am
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We’re over a week away from the Super Bowl and there all sorts of amazing storylines emerging.  And one really weird one.  The one that is about crushing Jimmy Garoppolo for how he played in the NFC Championship game. You know, because he only threw eight passes.

He’s heard about it and he’s doing what Richard Sherman would do it with – using it for fuel: no, one anywhere is running on the kind of rocket fuel that Sherm is: but G has got his own premium unleaded, and apparently he’s topping off the tank: "Everyone has different ways to get motivated, and very similar to Sherm, I do the same thing. I hear all the stuff and everything, but you can't put that all out there all the time. You have to do with it what you will and take it for what it is. Just at the end of the day, you've got to go out there and play football."

It’s a variation on a theme regarding Jimmy G all season, but this time, it’s even dumber. Yes, he only threw eight passes against the Packers. That’s not because he can’t throw more; or they’re afraid to have him throw more: it’s because they didn’t NEED him to throw more. He threw eight passes because that’s all he needed to throw. 

Has everyone forgotten that they were leading 27-0 at halftime and rushed for nearly 300 yards on the game?  Why the hell would you go away from what was working?  

Who was watching that game, and watching Raheem Mostert rip off nearly 8 yards a carry and thought, Kyle Shanahan is afraid to throw the ball? Kyle Shanahan is scared of using Jimmy G?

What is there to criticize? They’re in the Super Bowl. Isn’t that the whole point? And if you want to say they aren’t in the Super Bowl because of Jimmy G, they sure as hell aren’t there in spite of him. 

As left tackle Joe Staley said: "That's wild that he takes criticism for that. We won the game. We were doing what we needed to do to win the game, and that's the main point of an NFL football game. I think he would be pretty sad if he threw 450 and we lost, so it doesn't really matter."

That’s the point. Would you rather that he chucked the ball around the yard and lost? Would that have impressed you more? They were ripping off huge runs on every play, so would the critics feel better if Kyle Shanahan said, nope, let’s stop rushing the ball and just start throwing passes we don’t need.

Would that make you feel better about a quarterback who has his team in the Super Bowl?

And it’s not just that they’re in the Super Bowl, they’ve won their two playoff games by an average of 17 points. I’d say the offense is working pretty damn well. It’s clearly not broke; why are you trying to fix it.  . 

Sure, if you were to put him next to Patrick Mahomes, he’s not Patrick Mahomes. But nobody is Patrick Mahomes. And they don’t need him to be Pat Mahomes to be Mahomes not with that defense and not with the way they pound it on the ground.  And on top of that, if they need him to make plays and win them a game, he can; he has: but some of you are acting like not only is he not a good quarterback, he’s the worst quarterback ever. You’re acting like he’s Chad Henne or something:

What Jimmy G is, is a good quarterback. He passed for nearly 4,000 yards this year and completed more than 69% of his passes. 

Do not come away from that Packers game and think that the 49ers are some old-school, never-pass, three yards and a cloud of dust wishbone team with a quarterback who has a noodle arm. That’s not the case at all. 

James G finished top five in the league in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passing touchdowns. And he was the only quarterback in the league to do that. 

He was also the only quarterback in the league with three games of at least 300 passing yards, four touchdowns, and a completion percentage above 70%. 

And he’s doing all of that while coming back from an ACL injury and getting better as the season progresses. 

And yet a bunch of you seem to think he’s some kind of hack. A ham-and-egger out there just handing the ball off and getting out of the way. That he’s just lucky to be there. And that if he had to throw, it would be a disaster. Wrong.  

None of that is the case. Not only is he not just lucky to be there, he is the guy they wanted, the guy they traded for. And he’s the guy who has them in the Super Bowl. 

Again, he’s not Patrick Mahomes because nobody is Patrick Mahomes. And if that’s your complaint, then you have the same complaint about every quarterback in the league and every quarterback in Canton. If you’re looking for a guy to throw for 500 yards, you won’t find him on the 49ers sideline, because they don’t need that.

Jimmy G is good. Really good. Could he have a bad game against Kansas City? Sure. Because everyone has a bad game at some point. But bashing him for not throwing more than eight times against Green Bay is an all-time idiotic take. But it’s a good thing it’s out there, because dude is just pumping that fuel into his tank. He’s not bad: he’s good. Potentially good: and all this is only going to make him better.