NFC Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers, Seahawks


Jimmy Garoppolo

With rumors swirling around 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo‘s future with the team, GM John Lynch gave his support to Garoppolo yet did not commit to bringing him back in 2021.

“I think the elephant in the room: Everyone wants to know about Jimmy,” Lynch said, via “Here’s what I know about Jimmy Garoppolo, and I think I’ve been consistent: We’re a better football team when he’s out there. We win a lot of games when he’s out there. We’ve struggled to win without him. So people can try to pick his game apart. And I do believe this year Jimmy hasn’t played up to his standard. I think a lot of that is he’s been somewhat compromised by his health. We have a lot of belief in Jimmy. We’re going to leave it alone, we’re going to give it some time to kind of settle down, and then start to ramp him back up. At that point, if it’s not good, then you might have to go do it. But for right now, the good news is no surgery necessary, and I know Jimmy was excited about that, as were we.”

Rumors are still continuing to spread after Lynch confirmed that 49ers’ Vice President of Player Personnel Adam Peters was in attendance to scout BYU QB Zach Wilson who is projected to go in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

“We’re scouting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of players each year,” Lynch said. “And we try to be as thorough as possible. Adam did go out to watch a Boise State-BYU game. That seemed to have garnered a lot of attention. We’re doing our jobs. You prepare for everything. We’re always going to be thorough. We’re always going to work our tail off to scout all the players and be prepared for anything.”


  • When asked about the 49ers potentially being in the market for a quarterback this offseason, Matt Barrows of The Athletic writes that one scenario is the Falcons selecting Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence should they have the No. 1 overall pick and getting rid of Matt Ryan for San Francisco to acquire. 
  • As for the 2021 NFL Draft, Barrows names BYU QB Zach Wilson as a player who could fall to the 49ers around No. 15 overall. 
  • However, Barrows feels there is evidence to suggest that 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan is still comfortable with Jimmy Garoppolo as his quarterback given they’ve acquired receivers to fit his skillset like Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. 
  • Should the 49ers draft at No. 15 overall, Barrows believes they will be out of the running for Lawrence, Ohio State QB Justin Fields, and North Dakota QB Trey Lance. 
  • Given they are expected to miss out on the top three quarterbacks, Barrows expects the 49ers to prioritize its first-round pick on the following positions in order: EDGE rusher, cornerback, and quarterback. 
  • Although Barrows views Washington’s veteran QB Alex Smith as a fit for Shanahan’s offense, he notes that Smith is under contract through 2022 and could retire after this season. 
  • Barrows doubts that the 49ers would’ve traded LB Kwon Alexander to the Saints if they were still in the playoff hunt. 


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