Podcast: 49ers Offseason Begins →
Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Analyzing 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s 2021 Season Through 5 Starts

Oct 29, 2021 at 9:30 PM--

Jimmy Garoppolo had his best game of the season in Week One when he threw for a season-high 314 yards and a touchdown; and that was against the Lions. Since that game, he has exceeded 250 yards passing just once and has turned the ball over six times over his last three starts. Since 2019, the 49ers are 9-2 when Garoppolo throws for 250 or more passing yards in a game. Garoppolo and the 49ers are especially struggling on third down, converting on just 31.4 percent of those plays, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

In 2019, when Garoppolo led the 49ers to a Super Bowl, they ranked fifth in the league in third-down conversion percentage at 44.3 percent, according to Team Rankings. Garoppolo is underperforming in nearly every statistical category, even when comparing him to the average NFL quarterback.

This Season Looks Familiar

Garoppolo's numbers through the first five games are nearly identical to his numbers through the six games he started last season. This season, Garoppolo is 94-of-145 with 1,106 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. In the six games he played in 2020, Garoppolo finished 94-of-140 with 1,096 yards and seven passing touchdowns.

Through his past ten games, Garoppolo has been consistently putting up average to below-average numbers, and it's time to accept the fact that he isn't an elite quarterback. He ranks 28th in total quarterback rating out of 32 qualified quarterbacks and is Pro Football Focus' 30th ranked quarterback. Waiting on Garoppolo is no longer an option for the 49ers as the trade deadline approaches. It seems his trade value continues to plummet. We've now seen Garoppolo as the 49ers starter in thirty games. In those games, he has thrown for three or more touchdowns just four times and has thrown for 300-plus yards in five of those games.

On a Positive Note

Although Garoppolo has struggled through his first five starts, there are some areas where he continues to play well, one of them being the play-action pass. According to Pro Football Focus, he has a 103.8 play-action quarterback rating, with 456 of his 1,106 passing yards coming off play-action.

Kyle Shanahan's offense with the 49ers has always found success when they prioritize the run before they begin to air it out. That showed this past weekend when Garoppolo was 8-of-11 for 126 yards and a touchdown on play-action passes. However, on regular dropbacks, he was 8-of-16 for 55 yards with two interceptions.

For Garoppolo and the offense to improve as a whole, they need to get back to what found them their success in the first place, the play-action pass.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


  • No Comments


Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo says Super Bowl return 'still up in the air'

By David Bonilla
Jan 27

The San Francisco 49ers have officially ruled out quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for this weekend's NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles. That wasn't unexpected. The chances of the former starter suiting up for Sunday's playoff bout, backing up rookie Brock Purdy, were slim. "Yeah, it's just been an outside chance the whole time, and that was still an outside chance," head coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday, before that outside chance turned into no chance. The 49ers never placed Garoppolo on injured reserve, leaving the door open for a playoff return. However, we are now down to just one more game as a possibility—Super

Jets will look closely at 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo in free agency

By David Bonilla
Jan 29

The New York Jets will likely be looking to upgrade the quarterback position by bringing in a veteran after seemingly misfiring with Zach Wilson. Internally, one of the options being thrown around is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Of course, he isn't the only option in what should be an intriguing offseason of potential quarterback moves. "According to sources, the Jets will be looking closely at [Aaron] Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppoloand Derek Carr," wrote Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports. "They won't limit their search to just those three quarterbacks -- and sources stress it's still early in the process --

Kyle Shanahan doesn't see Jimmy Garoppolo returning to 49ers, isn't looking to add a veteran starting QB

By Kirk Larrabee
Feb 1

It remains to be seen how things will play out at the quarterback position for the San Francisco 49ers in 2023, but one thing the team doesn't appear to be interested in is adding another front line veteran to the picture who is capable of excelling as a starter if things didn't work out with Brock Purdy or Trey Lance. That includes Jimmy Garoppolo, whose time with the 49ers appears to have come to an end. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan addressed the quarterback situation during his year-end press conference Wednesday, which included questions about what kind of quarterback the team might look to add in the weeks ahead. Speculation swirled recently over the possibility of the 49ers being interested in Tom Brady before he announced his retirement earlier on

49ers don't expect Jimmy Garoppolo to be active vs. Eagles; Deebo Samuel added to injury list

By David Bonilla
Jan 25

It was unlikely that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suited up on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, serving as rookie Brock Purdy's backup in the NFC Championship Game. Still, there was a slight chance the injured veteran could be healthy enough to be active. The team awaited the results of an X-ray on Tuesday to see how much Garoppolo's broken foot has recovered. Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters on Wednesday and shared that the 49ers got the X-ray results. "I don't expect to have him this week," Shanahan revealed. Garoppolo sustained his injury on December 4. A return for the Super Bowl remains a possibility. A new name was added to the 49ers' injury report. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel will not practice


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone