The San Francisco 49ers remain publicly committed to Jimmy Garoppolo at their starting quarterback in 2021 despite only having one healthy season over the past three.
“I do believe Jimmy’s going to be our quarterback next year,” Kyle Shanahan said this week.
The 49ers are 22-8 when Garoppolo plays and 7-26 with all other quarterbacks under Shanahan.
“Look at Jimmy’s record when he’s been here. Jimmy, you can win with. He’s proven that,” Shanahan said. “He’s proven he’s a starting quarterback in this league. We had a couple of other guys who got opportunities this year who played like they have a chance at times to be starting quarterbacks, but they did play like backups overall.”
Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract after the 2017 offseason.
“I think he would have taken steps forward and it would’ve been great for him to play this year,” Shanahan said. “After what he got playing the year before, being able to go through his first full season, I think regardless of how it started out, it would have been a good experience for him to only get better. The injuries he had kind of took the year from him. ... It was unfortunate for Jimmy and for our team. I know it’s frustrating for him, but that’s why he’s got to go into this offseason and do everything he can in this offseason to get ready for Week 1 next year.”