Sure, 49ers G.M. John Lynch mentioned not too long ago that he has little doubt that Jimmy Garoppolo would be the workforce’s 2021 beginning quarterback. Sure, there may be good purpose to doubt whether or not that really and in the end would be the case.
Lynch, frankly, mentioned what he needed to say. It was no totally different than the issues Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman mentioned about quarterback Carson Wentz on January 4, weeks earlier than the Eagles agreed to commerce him to the Colts.
“When it comes to Carson, I don’t assume it’s a secret that we moved up for him due to what we considered him as an individual, as a participant,” Roseman mentioned on the time. “We gave him that extension due to the identical issues. And so, when you may have gamers like that, they’re like fingers in your hand. You’ll be able to’t even think about that they’re not a part of you, that they’re not right here. That’s how I really feel about Carson.”
Roseman didn’t inform the unvarnished reality in that second as a result of doing so would have made it even tougher to get the third-round decide and conditional second-round decide for Wentz that the Eagles in the end will obtain when the commerce turns into official on March 17. Equally, Lynch couldn’t, and wouldn’t, say something apart from Garoppolo is the man for 2021 earlier than the 49ers have an improve to Garoppolo on the roster.
Absolutely, the 49ers are on the lookout for a greater possibility. With a minimal cap consequence ($2.4 million) and a major money and cap cost for protecting Garoppolo in 2021 ($25 million), there’s each purpose to search for somebody who may very well be higher on the place.
Garoppolo’s greatest flaw (other than the rash of interceptable passes he threw within the 2019 playoff win over the Vikings that prompted coach Kyle Shanahan to make Jimmy G. a modern-day Bob Griese till the Tremendous Bowl berth was secured) is his lack of ability to remain wholesome. As quarterbacks go, that’s a giant deal. Certainly, with the principles slanted towards defending quarterbacks, it needs to be a lot simpler, not tougher, for quarterbacks to stay in a position and obtainable to play.
So, sure, there may be lingering doubt as as to whether Garoppolo would be the starter in 2021. If there isn’t, Lynch isn’t doing his job to the very best of his capacity. Lynch additionally isn’t doing his job to the very best of his capacity if he says at this level something apart from there’s little doubt that the starter can be Garoppolo.
And if a greater quarterback turns into obtainable to the 49ers and the 49ers purchase him, don’t be shocked if Garoppolo is lower. Who else would pay him $25 million for 2021? (The reply to that query underscores the urgency to discover a higher possibility, except the 49ers can squeeze Garoppolo to take much less.)
If/when that occurs, don’t count on many within the media to name out Lynch for saying, “However you mentioned there’s little doubt that Garoppolo would be the man.” If anybody does, the response is straightforward: The circumstances modified.
The 49ers, in our view, are quietly hoping that they’ll.