SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, remembers what it was like to be a rookie trainee.
Now that learning experience under Tom Brady with the New England Patriots appears to have set his sights on working with the newly drafted Niners defender Trey Lance.
Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin, Garoppolo spoke publicly for the first time since the 49ers traded to No. 3 in the NFL draft and used that selection against Lance.
“It was a full circle,” Garoppolo said. “You went through this NFL career and you started out as a young man coming in. Tom showed me the ropes, the competition between us was amazing, it made me grow as a rookie and as a beginner. Play really young, that̵7;s a good thing. In Me and Trey, we mold our relationship into that. But it happens naturally, it’s one of those things that you can’t control, just let it be. “
Garoppolo, 29, is not far from being in a situation similar to what Lance is coming into in San Francisco, just as Lance Garoppolo is from FCS (Eastern Illinois for Garoppolo, North Dakota for Lance) in. Team up with the Super Bowl and expect to learn under a veteran before taking over.
Those memories remained with Garoppolo, who sent a message to Lance shortly after the Niners drafted him.
“I try to use my own personal experience and what I go through, what has helped me, what challenges me as a young player,” Garoppolo said. “I’m going to use those tools to help me and try to help Trey out. It’s difficult. Going into this league, I know how it came from FCS school to the NFL. It’s a bit of an adjustment. No matter what you call it But how different it is that I can help him, I will be happier. ”
Garoppolo, of course, never had a chance to step into the lead in New England, which drafted him in the second round in 2014 and gave him only two starts before trading him to the 49ers for the second qualifying round in 2017.
Garoppolo became a San Francisco starter where he set a 24-9 record as a starter. (Including the playoffs), but two of the past three seasons have been crumbled by a torn ACL (he missed 13 games in 2018) and a pair of high ankle sprains (he missed 10 games in 2020).
Those injuries were the biggest reason Niners coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch moved up to get Lance this season, while the 49ers fell to a 10-22 record combined in two seasons that Garoppolo missed so much time.
In January, Garoppolo admitted he needed to find a way to stay healthy, but the 49ers soon started looking for their quarterback options, a process that ultimately led them to Lance.
According to Shanahan and Lynch, they remained in touch with Garoppolo throughout the process.
“The communication was going well,” Garoppolo said. “Nothing was really canceled, everything was put on the table. I’m just happy to have the chance to play football at the end of the day. That’s where I’m here. That’s what I signed. As long as I have a chance to go out there and win some games and play good football, that’s all you can ask for at the end of the day … what you really need is a chance if you get it. Chance, you have to take advantage of it, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
After Lance’s draft, Shanahan made it clear that there were no clear schedules or plans for him to start the job and he expected Garoppolo, who is scheduled to count $ 26.1 million compared to his 2021 salary cap, to stay with the team to continue. T.
“I want Jimmy to be here and I want this kid to be brought along,” Shahan said Thursday. “I want to see what (Lance) is like, and if it becomes a competition, it becomes a competition. I will be excited if he shows that he is ready for it and things.” But we know where Jimmy is. (Lance) hasn’t played football in a year, he hasn’t been to OTA yet, I want to get him out here, it’s very difficult for me to imagine a situation Jimmy doesn’t. Got here on sunday Because that’s going to be, I think it’s really stressful for us because Jimmy is a really good player and I think we can win with him, so we’ll play like that by ear. But I expect Jimmy to be here and I will be. Surprised if he doesn’t “
And while Garoppolo appears to have welcomed the competition. But he admitted on Tuesday that he plans to keep competing and fighting for the job that belongs to him for the past three seasons.
“Chip will always be there,” Garoppolo said. “That hasn’t gone away since I was in the league, I have had that, I think it comes from the way you were raised and everything is, dad. Mine is an electrician, blue collar guy. And I think it’s interesting to you, it’s the way the league is going nowadays, everyone is drafting youngsters, wanting a developing guy and stuff like that, so I know what it’s like, I’m fine now. Both sides received But at the end of what I said earlier, all you can ask for is an opportunity, when you get that, you will have to take advantage of it. “