There is no question that the 49ers organization has a soft spot for Jimmy Garoppolo. From ending the 2017 season after winning five games in a row to helping the 2019 Niners come within arms reach of a Super Bowl, it’s easy to see why. There is no question that injuries to Jimmy have all but sunk the 49ers seasons in ‘18 and ‘20.
In the middle of the 2017 NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers traded for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and named him its starter after just one month. Flash forward nearly four years, and Garoppolo nearly won the 49ers a Super Bowl. But his limited upside and injuries pushed the team to draft North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the third pick in last April's NFL Draft.
Handpicked by Shanahan, we know it’s not John Lynch making the final call on matters of receiving and quarterbacking. It might not even be Lynch on defense, where he was a Hall-of-Fame player. It is Lynch’s job to accommodate his coach.