Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Rapoport weighs in on John Lynch’s comments about Jimmy Garoppolo

Nov 16, 2020 at 12:22 PM--


Last week, John Lynch offered a vote of confidence in his quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. But it came after the general manager admitted that the San Francisco 49ers were scouting college quarterbacks.

To many, the comments didn't mean much. Lynch says the 49ers always scout quarterbacks each year. One good fit for head coach Kyle Shanahan might be BYU's Zach Wilson. So, of course, VP of player personnel Adam Peters traveling to watch BYU made headlines.

"Here's what I know about Jimmy Garoppolo, and I think I've been consistent," Lynch said last week during a KNBR interview. "We're a better football team when he's out there. We win a lot of games when he's out there. We struggle to win without him. ... We have a lot of belief in Jimmy."

NFL insider Ian Rapoport doesn't want to read too much into Lynch's comments. He believes Garoppolo is the 49ers quarterback ... until something better comes along. But the same can be said of any player in the NFL.

Rapoport didn't see Lynch's comments as being a particularly strong defense of his quarterback. Will Garoppolo be with the 49ers next season? No one seems to know.

"I didn't find it to be a vigorous defense," Rapoport said Monday on KNBR's Murph & Mac show. "A vigorous defense is, 'He's my quarterback. Stop asking.' But in reality, everybody likes Jimmy. I don't think that's a question.

"I think it's more of the 49ers don't know with certainty right now what the answer is. They don't know where they're going to draft. They don't know who's going to be available in free agency. I mean, I think they have some ideas, but they don't know for sure.

"You can't possibly say, yes, Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be my best option at quarterback right now. You can't say that."

One thing Rapoport likes about Lynch is how open he typically is with the media. Of course, if there is a strategic advantage to misleading the media or withholding information, he's been known to do so. But for the most part, Lynch is very forthcoming with information and the team's line of thinking.

"And there's no crime in saying, 'Jimmy Garoppolo is our quarterback unless we get a better option,'" Rapoport continued. "That's most of what life is about. Like, all of us are employed and make the salaries we make until they can find someone better and cheaper. And then we won't, right? Isn't that what life is about?"

Where does that leave the 49ers?

Garoppolo is their quarterback ... until he's not. Maybe a change takes place during the upcoming offseason.

"I think the 49ers are in the same situation where it's really a tossup to me if Jimmy Garoppolo is the 49ers' quarterback next year," Rapoport added. "But I know they're going to be looking to improve, and could they find someone better in the draft or free agency? Yeah. They may."

You can listen to the entire conversation with Rapoport below.






More San Francisco 49ers News



Richard Sherman weighs in on 49ers having Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance

By David Bonilla
May 5, 2021

One of the many reasons the San Francisco 49ers were appealing to Richard Sherman when the veteran cornerback signed with the team in 2018 was Jimmy Garoppolo. The quarterback was coming off an impressive five-game run after being traded from the New England Patriots, and the 49ers had just re-signed him to a long-term deal. It looked like the team had solidified its quarterback position. Three years later, Garoppolo's eventual replacement is on the roster. Recent injury-plagued seasons forced San Francisco to plan for the future — post-Garoppolo. Last week, the team drafted Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick. Garoppolo remains on the roster and is part of the 49ers' plans for the upcoming season. He will be the team's starting quarterback, allowing



Jimmy Garoppolo appreciated John Lynch's honesty through 49ers' draft process

By David Bonilla
May 4, 2021

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't see his current situation as awkward. Yes, the San Francisco 49ers drafted his successor, Trey Lance, with the No. 3 overall pick. Yes, Garoppolo will be expected to mentor the young quarterback. Yes, Garoppolo very much wants to hold onto the starting job as long as possible. The veteran quarterback understands that's life in the NFL, though. You are always being challenged by others looking to take your job and make a name for themselves. Garoppolo sees the situation as an opportunity rather than a source of frustration. "It's just one of those things," Garoppolo said this morning on The DA Show with Damon Amendolara. "You've got to roll with the punches. And whenever an opportunity presents itself, you've got to be



Peter King weighs in on the 49ers' secrecy heading into the draft

By David Bonilla
May 9, 2021

Even Trey Lance had no idea that the San Francisco 49ers intended to draft him with the No. 3 overall pick. The team was very secretive following a massive trade on March 26. Everyone knew it was for a quarterback, but no one knew which quarterback it would be. There was still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 49ers' plan. It turned out that San Francisco was high on Lance since January, but no one other than head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch knew that. That baffled many because most were fairly certain what would happen with the two picks ahead of the 49ers. So why the mystery? In the mailbag portion of his



Why John Lynch was fine sweetening the 49ers' offer in draft trade to No. 3

By David Bonilla
May 10, 2021

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch was at his daughter's school tennis match when his phone rang. The Miami Dolphins were still mulling over the trade offer he had presented on March 4 for the No. 3 overall pick. San Francisco was willing to surrender its first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 to swap spots in 2021. It had been weeks since Lynch presented the offer. The Dolphins were very interested but needed a little more motivation. "We weren't going to officially do the deal with that," Miami general manager Chris Grier told Peter King of NBC Sports, "because we knew the importance of that third pick." The Dolphins


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone