Among the four quarterbacks remaining heading into the conference title games, San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo clearly had the most to lose.
The writing has been on the wall for the 49ers QB since the offseason. The trade up to take rookie signal-caller Trey Lance sounded like the death knell to Jimmy G's tenure in San Francisco.
But a Super Bowl victory could have remedied everything. Now that the season has ended for him and the 49ers, a new chapter for both sides seems likely.
Kyle Shanahan was asked about Jimmy Garoppolo's future after the game. But the 49ers head coach wanted everyone to focus on what his QB was able to do in the present.
“I love Jimmy,” said the Niners coach. “I'm not going to make a farewell statement or anything like that right now. That's the last stuff on my mind. … Jimmy has battled his ass off, battled today. Did some unbelievable things today and I love coaching Jimmy.”
“I love Jimmy. I’m not going to sit here and make a farewell statement or anything right now. Jimmy battled his ass off. He battled today… I love coaching Jimmy.”
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Garoppolo, well aware of the specter of change hovering over him, showed nothing but gratitude for his time with the 49ers throughout the past five seasons.
“It's just one of those things, you gotta be glad it happened. Just smile from it and think about the good things,” Garoppolo said. “We'll see what happens in these next couple days, weeks, whatever. But I love this team.”
Nothing for certain just yet when it comes to the quarterback situation in San Francisco. But if there's anything Jimmy Garoppolo has gotten used to this season, it's staying poised amidst the uncertainty, whether it's his last season with them or not.