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Ex-Niner Jimmy Garoppolo’s Super Bowl pick not who you’d expect

Jimmy Garoppolo was an integral part of the San Francisco 49ers’ final run to the Super Bowl where they lost to the same Kansas City Chiefs team. Despite all the hate he gets now (and then too), there was a time when Jimmy G did nothing but win games for the Niners. Regardless, after the Super Bowl LIV loss it became painfully clear that Garoppolo wasn’t the guy. So when asked about his choice in Super Bowl LVIIIGaroppolo gave an answer that won’t win him fans in the place he once called home.

Garoppolo picking up the Chiefs will win, 35-31 Not an admission of sour grapes, but the #bangbangninergang, this is exactly how they will receive their selection. Niners Nation caught up with Jimmy G during Super Bowl Week Festivities and it seemed like he wouldn’t mind continuing to play for San Francisco.

Former 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Kyle Shanahan, Trent Williams, Brock Purdy and his ACL injury

Regardless of that, the only thing that matters to 49ers fans is winning Super Bowl No. 6 for the franchise. So, just as he said “Still F Green Bay” in that interview, fans in the Bay Area will give that back to Garoppolo for not drafting his former teammates. And that’s probably hard to say for a lot of the fan base because some of them loved Jimmy G.

If Garoppolo gave that pass to Emmanuel Sanders four years ago, life is very different today. That doesn’t mean he’d still be in San Francisco in 2024, but the end of that relationship will likely be much smoother. The biggest thing that ended Garoppolo’s tenure with the Niners was injuries. If it weren’t for his torn ACL last season, we might not know who Brock Purdy is or what he is capable of on the field.

Ultimately, lack of availability played a major role in Jimmy G’s demise with San Francisco. No, he wasn’t the best quarterback in the NFL and probably wasn’t even a top 10 quarterback in his prime. But with that squad in SF, he won games. He went 26-14 in the regular season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. In the postseason Garoppolo has a 4-2 record. His numbers weren’t extraordinary, but the team won. Except when it mattered most and it was in the most important game of the year.

One thing that has been talked about with Kyle Shanahan is his patience or lack thereof. At the QB position, especially on this team that is built and ready to win, you only have so long to lose their confidence. If there’s a guy behind the starter that Shanahan has faith in, you’ll only get a limited amount of Jimmy G moments. Shanahan didn’t have that faith in Trey Lance, Garoppolo threw it away, but in Purdy, it looks like Shanahan finally found what he wanted .

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