NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams


49ers’ GM John Lynch isn’t worried about the quarterback situation involving QB Jimmy Garoppolo and says the two have a good relationship.

“I think Jimmy’s got a really good trust in myself and Kyle,” Lynch told Colin Cowherd. “I think you earn that, and I think, from Day 1, we’ve been very upfront with Jimmy. When I went to Jimmy, I told him the truth. Like, ‘Look, we have made a decision that we’re going to pursue a quarterback this offseason. You know, Jimmy, when you’ve played, you’ve been tremendous, and the record speaks to that. We feel like there’s room for growth. The biggest thing has been it’s hard to keep you on the field.’ That’s not an easy thing to tell a player, but Jimmy took it tremendously.”

“And my other commitment was, ‘But here’s the good news, Jimmy: We don’t want you to go anywhere,” Lynch said, via “We want you to be here, and our ownership has made the commitment that we can do that. We can fit it in our cap, and we think it’s a good situation for you; probably not the one you ultimately want to hear. I’m sure you want to be the long-term guy. There’s a flip side to that. You still could be.’ Because he’s going to have a chance to compete and earn that job, and we’re just going to let that play out. But Jimmy’s a really good football player.”

However, one former NFL player and the offensive assistant says that Garoppolo makes a lot of easy mistakes, which has caused frustration for the 49ers.

“He is a good player, but he misses a handful of throws each game that should be considered layups,” said the former player. “Shanahan is one of the best in the business at designing ‘can’t-miss’ explosive plays, but there are times when Jimmy doesn’t see it or flat out misses. That has to cause some frustration in the offensive meeting room.”

Garoppolo himself says that he will just make the best of any situation that he is put in.

“If you start thinking about all those things, especially as a quarterback, you’re gonna be in some trouble,” Garoppolo said, via “I got enough things to worry about just with the offense and things like that, trying to improve things here and there. At the end of the day, we’re here playing football. And so that’s what I love to do. I love to go out there, be with the guys, win football games. I mean, that’s what I do. It’s one of those things, the situation is what it is, it’s not changing. So you just try to make the best of it. The way I do that is I try to attack each day and just try to put my best foot forward.”


The Vikings and the Cardinals are set to face each other in Arizona for Week 2. Former Cardinals and current Vikings CB Patrick Peterson will have the matchup circled on his calendar.

“The division games are going to be always a dogfight, you know what I mean,” Peterson said, via Jeremy Cluff of Arizona Republic. “But the one I circled is definitely Week 2, that’s not even close. That’s not even close. I’m going to be juiced up going into that week, or whatever, but as far as once that game gets going, I’m going to be cool, calm, and collected because that’s when I’m at my best. Like I said, I’m looking forward to that Week 2 matchup. Like J. Cole said, man, Applying Pressure, man, I can’t wait to show up and do what I do in they face. I can’t wait for that, to do what I do.”


Rams’ WR Robert Woods is already talking Super Bowl due to his excitement over the team’s loaded roster.

“Whatever weapons [the team adds] — running backs, receivers, quarterbacks — we’ve got a team goal, we’re trying to win a Super Bowl,” Woods said, via Kevin Modesti of Los Angeles Daily News. “We’ve got a loaded team. We’re bringing in receivers [who] bring explosiveness to our offense. I’m still trying to figure out what it will look like but it’s exciting to see all the pieces. We’re going to be coming at them with a lot of speed, a lot of weapons in our rotation.”

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