Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo happy about his path to becoming the 49ers’ starting quarterback

May 30, 2019 at 3:47 PM--

There are a lot of paths a quarterback can take as he enters the NFL. You could have the reigns handed off to you by a former great, as Aaron Rodgers experienced in Green Bay, or you could be thrown to the wolves from the get-go like Peyton Manning.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who joined KNBR on Thursday, had the benefit of sitting behind and learning from one of the all-time greats in Tom Brady. He can't imagine a better path in preparing to become a starting NFL quarterback.

"I couldn't be happier with the path that I took, personally," Garoppolo said on the "Fitz and Brooks" show. "Things really worked out going to New England and then finding my way here. Just being able to see a guy like Tom, who has had so much success in this league. Just year after year, he keeps doing it. To see that, and be able to see that first hand, I couldn't have asked for anything better.

"I never really got the experience of being thrown in there as a rookie and having to figure it out. I played minimal amounts of snaps, kind of clean-up time as a rookie. I couldn't imagine it being very easy going from the college game to the pro game. There's so many variables; the change, the speed of the game, the offense.

"Most colleges don't even have a huddle, and now you're in the huddle calling plays. It takes time to get used to it."

Garoppolo spent most of last season as an observer thanks to the ACL injury he suffered in late-September. He was on the sideline once he was medically cleared to do so, traveled with the team, and took part in as many meetings as possible.

The situation gave Garoppolo a chance to see the game from a different perspective. On the sideline, he could look at the play sheet and try to predict what his head coach, Kyle Shanahan, would call under each situation.

Being on the sideline also allowed Garoppolo to watch the offense evolve game after game. The quarterback was encouraged to see playmakers like wide receiver Dante Pettis and running back Matt Breida emerge. He watched as the offensive line started to come together. Then, of course, you have George Kittle. All he did was set a new NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end.

"A lot of encouraging things going into this year with a good offseason so far, with the first couple of weeks of OTAs and everything," Garoppolo said. "We've just got to keep plugging away, take one day at a time and a lot of hard work."

You can listen to the entire interview with Garoppolo below.

More San Francisco 49ers News

Kyle Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo leaving door open for QB to remain with 49ers in 2022

By David Bonilla
Nov 24

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about the future of the team's quarterback position. Jimmy Garoppolo is the starter right now. His eventual successor is rookie Trey Lance. That plan has not changed. The timing of the transition, however, is uncertain. Garoppolo has played well over this recent four-game stretch. San Francisco has won three of its last four, and the quarterback owns the league's best passer rating (113.2) during that span. If Garoppolo leads the 49ers into the playoffs, the team might not be eager to part ways with the veteran. Shanahan was asked if the Garoppolo to Lance transition could be delayed, given the former's recent success. Might the 49ers hold onto Garoppolo for the 2022 season? "I think there's a

Transcripts: What Kyle Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo, and DeMeco Ryans said ahead of 49ers-Vikings

By Site Staff
Nov 24

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan, defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spoke with reporters before today's practice. Here is everything they had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Opening comments: "Injuries today. Mo [DL Maurice] Hurst, out. [RB JaMycal] Hasty is out. [RB] Elijah [Mitchell] is limited. [CB] Josh Norman, limited. [OL] Laken Tomlinson, limited and [T] Trent Williams will have the day off, vet day." Is there any update on LB Dre Greenlaw or even DL Dee Ford? "Yeah, Greenlaw we activated

Albert Breer not buying that the 49ers are considering keeping Jimmy Garoppolo for 2022

By David Bonilla
Nov 26

Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated this week that he's not willing to close the door on the possibility that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will return to the San Francisco 49ers in 2022. Naturally, that led to headlines stating that Garoppolo might return next season when most figured the team would transition to Trey Lance by then. Of course, that wasn't exactly what Shanahan stated. "I think there's a chance for anything," Shanahan said on Wednesday when asked about Garoppolo's future. The coach went on to reiterate that Lance is the team's future. The timeline, however, remains up in the air, especially with Garoppolo playing at an impressive level over the last

Rapoport: Jimmy Garoppolo's increasing value making 49ers' offseason decision easy

By David Bonilla
Nov 28

The idea that the San Francisco 49ers are likely to trade Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason will come as a surprise to no one. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, San Francisco plans to trade their starting quarterback unless the team surprises and makes a Super Bowl run. Of course, that was probably always the plan. However, last week, Garoppolo and head coach Kyle Shanahan left the door open for the quarterback to potentially return in 2022. "I think there's a chance for anything," Shanahan said on Wednesday when asked about Garoppolo's potential future with the 49ers. "But I think we've made it pretty clear that Trey's our guy of the future, whenever that will happen." Rapoport, speaking Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning, said Garoppolo's increased


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone