49ers teammate praises Jimmy Garoppolo, rejects bystander myth
The San Francisco 49ers were able to advance to Super Bowl LIV and many believe that it is in spite of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Despite the media criticism, Mike McGlinchey was supportive of Garoppolo and what he’s done for the team in 2019.
“One — he’s the best guy ever, and he prepares unbelievably, he’s cool, calm and collected in those big moments, and two — and most importantly of his track record,” McGlinchey said, via 95.7 The Game. “Like four or five different times this year, he has come through in the clutchest of ways and I don’t know what games people have been watching.”
“He has won us huge, playoff-like games.”
Over the course of the regular season, Garoppolo had plenty of ups and downs from under center. Ultimately, the sixth-year quarterback finished with 3,978 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Above all, Garoppolo was able to play in all 16 games for the first time in his career.
So far in the playoffs, the 49ers haven’t needed Garoppolo to do much through the air. In his first career playoff start versus the Minnesota Vikings, Garoppolo completed 11 of his 19 attempts for 131 yards. He also contributed one touchdown and one interception.
Since his first-half interception against the Vikings, the veteran signal-caller has thrown just 14 passes in the past six quarters. Therefore, fans and the media alike believe Kyle Shanahan is trying to avoid having Garoppolo throw the ball.
While it’s worked thus far, San Francisco is going to need to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s high-octane offense. Considering that, Garoppolo is going to have a chance to prove the naysayers wrong in the Super Bowl.