With 58:53 of the 49ers/Seattle game in the books, the Jimmy Garoppolo era started. CJ BeatHard, who was again beaten hard, suffered a leg injury, and in that last 1:07, Jimmy Garoppolo ran for 4 yards and a 1st down, and completed 2 passes for 18 yards, including a 10 yard TD as the game ended, for his first action as a San Francisco 49er. Wonderful to say the least, but really, you can’t ascribe too much to that performance, but hey, at least he didn’t throw a pick or puke on his cleats.
So, what now? Of course, Kyle Shanahan is cagey about his decision for next weekend’s game vs the Bears, but for all intents and purposes, I’m about 98% sure that this will be Jimmy G’s first start. Shanny has the excuse of saying CJ is hurt and Garoppolo is next man up. And when he shines, the decision will be made to stick with Garoppolo. Something along those lines anyway. They need to give him a lot of reps, even with a banged-up line, to see what he brings to the table. They are basing their future on whether or not he’s the horse to back in the immediate and long-term future of the QB position. BeatHard may or may not be the backup, but he’s a lesser concern than Jimmy G.
Let’s hope Garoppolo’s debut is similar to Colin Kaepernick’s first start, also against Chicago, when Kappy went 16-23 for 243, 2 TDs, and a QB rating of 133.1 waaaaay back in 2012.