Jimmy Garoppolo on being a game manager: “I’m alright with being undefeated.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during a news conference after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA CLARA — Here is the transcript of Jimmy Garoppolo’s Week 9 Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.

 

How challenging is the run game for you with all the stuff that’s going on?

“Week-to-week it’s always different. Some weeks are easier than others, but it’s a good challenge. By the end of the week, once Sunday gets here, Thursday in this case, you have it down.”

With last week in particular where, especially not just the first drive but throughout the game, in practices are guys ever crashing into each other? What’s it like?

“Not crashing, we’ve had a couple close calls with all the motions and stuff you’re talking about? Yeah, I mean, it’s all about timing with the snap and all that and getting guys in good positions and the receivers have to be in their little details with all that stuff, but we’ve got good group of guys for that.”

After watching the film, WR Emmanuel Sanders said he didn’t think he made any mistakes. What did you make of his first performance here?

“I thought it was really good. I mean, really didn’t have any issues in the huddle with the play calls and things like that. I’m sure things will come up week-to-week, we add new things every week. It will be difficult, but he did a great job in there.”

How quickly can you develop trust with a receiver, whether it’s him or anybody else when it comes to, you know, being able to know that he’s going to be at a certain spot on a crucial down like third down or something like that?

“I don’t think there’s a set time, specifically. I think it’s more just a feel thing. The more you work together, the more reps you get at it. Just talking and being on the same page, all those things play a role in it.”

You and TE George Kittle are, I think, 15-15 on third down connections this year. What is it that works so well with that combination on third down?

“Trust is a big part of it. It is. Just trusting that he’s going to be in the right spot, him trusting me that I’m going to throw the right ball on time and just, yeah, there’s so many reps and plays that go into that, that over the course of time it just equals good results.”

Is there an element of picking up where you left off? You missed a chunk of time obviously from last season. How did you kind of get that back so quick?

“I don’t think it was anything specific. I think it was just hard work, putting in the reps in the offseason, training camp, OTAs, whatever it is. I think all those just add up over time.”

Two weeks ago, head coach Kyle Shanahan seemed pretty confident that T Joe Staley was going to be returning for this Thursday night game, but now that’s not looking as great. He’s categorized as doubtful. How disappointing is that to not get such a veteran talent back on that offensive line? But in the same token, how confident are you in the existing group and the two rookies that are in there, kind of battling it out right now?

“Yeah, you know, you always want to get guys back healthy. It’s obviously part of the season. But like you said, the two young guys have stepped up really well. I thought [OL] Justin [Skule] and [OL] Daniel [Brunskill] this week, same as the weeks before, did a great job. You really don’t notice those guys so much, but whenever you get a chance to get guys back healthy, it’s always a good thing for the team.”

Did you prepare to face Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson when you were making your first start for the Patriots and what part or aspect of it as a quarterback do you want to challenge somebody so highly regarded?

“You have to pick your spots. He’s as talented as they come, savvy, he’s got eyes on the quarterback most of the time. He does all the right things and you’ve just got to pick your spots, I guess. You can’t overdo it, but at the same time, you don’t want to never attack.”

Did you attack him in that first start?

“I think we had a couple, yeah. You’re talking a long time ago now here.”

A couple years ago you were acquired at the trade deadline. What are your memories of that day and how it has changed your career?

“Yeah, it happened fast. Got a call about six-o’clock eastern time and then five a.m. the next morning I was flying out here. It was a whirlwind, but everything has worked out pretty well since then so I’m pretty happy with it.”

Kind of going back to the running game, when Staley, T Mike McGlinchey and FB Kyle Juszczyk all went out, a lot of people expected the run game to kind of suffer. Obviously, that didn’t happen against Carolina, 200 rushing yards, third time this season. Considering how intact that running game has stayed, how encouraging is it that you guys are going to be getting the troops back and reinforcing some of that running game again?

“Yeah, I think it’s part of the coaches and players working together. Coaches putting together a great game plan, kind of keeping the defense guessing and then us going out and executing it. I think the coaches have put us in a great position every week, in the run game especially, to be successful. At the end of the day, it’s just whoever is in there you’ve got to do your job and go execute. I think we’ve done a good job of that.”

A lot of fires in the area, people with power outages, it’s complicated days here in the Bay Area. How would you describe the vibe at the stadium with that fans and all that happening and how do you feed off of that and how does it impact your game?

“Well, I got my power shut off the night of the game, actually. When I came home it was off, so that was a little weird at first. But, the vibe of the stadium was unreal though. The Faithful were rocking, third downs were loud, all those situations. We’ve got smart fans and they help us out out there.”

How did you deal with the power outage and is it out again or is it coming out again?

“No, it went back on again. It was out for a couple hours and then it actually ended up going back on. Not what we expected, it threw the family for a curveball.”

Kittle said, I think it was last week, that he messes with you sometimes on the field, saying that he didn’t get the play call or anything like that. Are there any points where you need to tell him, ‘Hey, knock it off, let’s be serious’ or does that help you sort of keep things light?

“Well, he’s picked his spots correctly. He doesn’t do it when it’s like a huge, crucial point. Yeah, you know George, he is who he is and he’s not going to hide it. You love having a guy out there like that, though, keep it light, keep everyone having fun.”

He’s keeping track of your perfect rating on third downs to him. Is that something that you guys talk about? I’m guessing he keeps it serious during those third down moments since it’s been working so well.

“Yeah, he’s reminded me a couple times of that. I didn’t know about it until he told me about it the other day. It’s just a lot of hard work being put together with all the reps that we’ve done, talking and being on the same page. We talk about routes all the time, whether it’s in the locker room or whatever it is and I think all that stuff adds up.”

Carolina Panthers S Tre Boston said that you guys knew where they were aligned at before the play even happened. They couldn’t stop you guys. Was that your mindset? What are you seeing, how do you break it down, how slow is the game for you now?

“You know, it’s slowing down. I think it’s always a good thing when you are trending in that direction. I thought whether Kyle was getting us into the right play, whether guys were just executing across the board, I mean, things were clicking on Sunday. That’s what you want to do every week, keep the defense guessing.”

A lot of times on the runs you’re obviously carrying out fakes. It seems like a lot of times the fakes get guys wide open if it had been a pass. I assume you can tweak the play so it is a pass, but are there times where you go back, or Kyle, and you get together and say ‘Hey that actually would have worked if we did this?’

“Yeah, I know exactly what you are talking about because you see it on the film and you’re like ‘We could do this, this and this.’ There’s an element to it of the ball is already handed off, maybe the defender saw it and followed the run instead of staying with his guy. So, you have to pick your spots I guess with that stuff.”

On some of the shovels it seems like there’s almost a gasp in the stadium because the defender will get in there and it’s just so perfectly designed that it works out but it seems like it’s always a super tight window. How long does it take you to get comfortable with those types of plays?

“Nothing crazy. I think just doing the reps. We’ve had OTAs, training camp and now a couple weeks into the season and everything. I think it’s just getting on the same page with that one specific, the running backs, just the timing of it. But, I think when you have a good group like we have, it’s easy.”

Former NFL QB Brett Favre was in the building on Sunday, spent a lot of time with George. Did you get a chance to talk with him at all and if so what was that experience like?

“Yeah, pregame I saw him out on the field so I went over and said hi. Awesome guy, still a jokester. He was cracking jokes and stuff. Easy guy to talk to, easy guy to be around. He’s one of the best for a reason.”

In a lot of these games, you are not being discussed. It’s the defense, it’s the running game, it’s both those things. I assume you’re OK with this?

“I’m alright with being undefeated, yeah.”

But I mean, is it weird? There’s so much discussion generally around the quarterback, particularly around you this summer. Is it different and I don’t know, just a weird feeling being a caretaker for lack of a better word?

“I wouldn’t say it’s a weird feeling, it’s a great feeling being in the position that we are in. So, as a quarterback, just try to put guys in a position to be successful, get them the ball, let them make plays in space and let them take care of the rest.”

New season, new team, but how much do you guys bring up or will you even talk about the fact that you haven’t beaten this team in, I think eight straight games?

“I didn’t even know that. Like you said though, new season, new team, can’t really worry about the past or anything but yeah, we’d love to break that streak.”

When you see what your defense has done to opposing quarterbacks lately, are there times when you’re watching the game and you just breathe a sigh of relief that you don’t have to face them?

“Well, I got to experience it in training camp and things like that. So, I got my fair share of it. But, as a quarterback when you’re on the sideline and you just see the whole D-Line in the backfield, quarterback having one second to throw the ball, it’s a good feeling. As long as you’re not the one out there.”

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  1. If this guy is a “game manager”, we have a new definition for that term. Trent Dilfer comes to mind when we think of the ol’ game manager. Jimmy G is on a different level. So sure, call him that, but understand that it means something different from what it used to mean.

    1. and Alex Smith. Jimmy G has a much higher ceiling. He needs to work on the bonehead turnovers and his deep pass accuracy, and he still throws a lot of his passes off his back foot. He sort of makes up for it with the quick release and catches the defense off guard. A lot of his completions last week were off the back foot.

      But leave it to a coach like Belichick to exploit that. It’s only a matter of time unless he cleans it up.

      Given all that, they will need his arm to win a couple of these games down the stretch and I feel confident he will come through in flying colors.

  2. Jimmy delivers dimes while under duress. The Rams spent a boatload of picks, and a lot of money on one that can’t. He’s far from a finished product, and I’m extremely excited to see what he is in December….

  3. Game manager? Who the “F” came up with this idiotic phrase anyway? Really stupid. No wonder why west coast fans get such a bad rap. I was just back east and I managed to get into several conversations at some great breweries (Trillium and Heady Topper) to name a couple, with some Patriot and Eagle fans, and once they found out I was from SF (I wore a SF Giants hat) and was also a Niner fan, all they could do was laugh and mock me and talk about how “dumb” sports fans were out here. They brought up, among other things, the fact that Niner fans (not all obviously) continue to call for their backup QB to play (a guy who’s 3-5 with 10 interceptions in 8 games by the way) while their starter rarely loses (13-2 at the time). We had some good debates, but I couldn’t argue that one. Not once did I hear the moronic phrase, “game manager”, thank God. They were much to knowledgable for that. What exactly is a “game manager” anyway? Is there a minimum amount of throws you have to do longer than 20 yards? Do you have to run for at least 20 yards not to be one? If you throw 3 passes in the flat and 2 screen plays does qualify? If you fail to throw a long bomb in any game? What is it? Coach, did you come up with that stupid phrase? Whoever did really doesn’t know much, even though they use that to try to sound football smart. It’s not working. Good gosh! ;-}

    1. Game Manager is a legitimate term to describe a Trent Dilfer type of QB. If you can’t see that through your thick skull then stop belittling others and spend some time thinking about the difference between Trent Dilfer and Tom Brady; both Super Bowl winning QBs.

      1. Trent Dilfer was not a game manager. Alex Smith was the epitome of a game manager. Protect the football and do exactly what the offense asks of you. Dilfer was a warm body who happened to take snaps from the center occasionally. Dilfer is by far the worst Super Bowl winning QB of all time. Dilfer had a career comp % of 55.5, 113 TDs & 129 Ints, and a 72.2 QBR. Dilfer was a horrible NFL QB. The depths to the putrid level of Dilfer’s play was almost matched by the ridiculousness of Dilfer’s hyperbolic praise of undeserving colleagues. Trent Dilfer said Jim Hostler was the “best OC in the NFL.” He also said Trent Baalke was “the smartest football man in the league.” Labeling Trent Dilfer as a “game manager’ reveals a level of football ignorance that should embarrass you.

          1. Did you seriously just spend time going online to find subjective puff pieces and present them as fact? Damn. You’re dumber than I thought. Trent Dilfer was not a game manager. Trent Dilfer was a game loser. He was an awful, awful, awful NFL QB.

            1. Did you seriously come on here and provide Houston9er thinks Trent Dilfer is not a Game Manager as your only supporting arguments, moron?

              What I provided above is I’m not the only one who thinks of him in this category. The term quite literally was defined to classify a guy like Trent Dilfer.

              Get your head out of your a$$ and make a real argument. Whether he’s good or bad at his job has nothing to do with his classification whether he’s was known as a Game Manager or not. Yes, he was a pathetic quarterback. No one is arguing that. If you think he wasn’t classified as a game manager and trying to be an aerial attack artist, you’re dumber than everyone thinks you are.

              That $hithole city you live in is getting to your brain. Surround yourself with halfway intelligent people.

              1. Back off. Houston knows more football than you ever will, and I agree with him. Doofus had as his main goal- do not screw up. Let the defense win it. Lewis threatened to eviscerate him if he threw the ball.
                .
                A game manager is like AS. Doofus just handed off the ball.
                .
                A ‘game manger’ is subjective. JG is just ‘managing’ to win games. When his RBs sprint for 232 yards, JG does not need to rely on his arm to win the game. However, he did pass many times, to convert third down plays, so he does pass well.

              2. Game manager… like JG and AS…a qb that hands off the ball a lot, throws dink and dunk passes like JG and AS and passes for numbers like 175-225yds a game 1 td, 1 int avg per game. Lots of team ‘Wins’. Relies on the conservative non risk passes, great D and run game to win games and carry the team. SOMETHING like that Juanhu…

                Except for his lucky 6 games in ’17 where he just came in and winged it catching eveybody off gaurd, the last 2 season wins are mainly from the great D and run game, except for the win the other night. GET a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                It’s about time NOW that he carried the team FINALLY for a win. Love JG but his foot mechanics were off thowing off the back foot and floating passes the first 7 games. He finally did great b/c the run game and great D were lagging and KS let him loose for more passes and longer passes. WR Sanders is a blessing to have on this team. Then next 8 games are mainly all harder games, then the playoffs and on. KS will need to let JG loose like he did AND have the great run game plus the D to win the SB.

    2. Game Manager is routinely used on ESPN… (eastern sports promotional network)… so why are only west coast fans being singled out?

      1. Alex Smith opened up his game in KC. He still was adept at protecting the ball, but also had much better WR’ to throw to.
        Andy Reid is far from a ‘game manager’ type head coach as has been proven over his coaching career.

        I remember when Alex came in as a rookie, he was throwing some nice 20+ yrd passes to Antonio Bryant. He did the same thing in KC with Ty Hill.
        But if Alex was the epitome (as Houston alluded too) of a game manager, sometimes it that isn’t enough.

          1. Couple of reasons Raz.
            1. Alex’ style seemed to prevent the team from winning a SB.
            2. Reid had a young QB (P. Mahomes) ready to take the reines.

            The jury is still out on whether Mahomes can win a SB, but his ceiling equals only a small handful of QB’s that has a good chance. TBD.

            1. C’mon man. Andy saw the writing on the wall, and that’s why he made the move up for Mahomes. Alex is one of the most cerebral qb’s, and that’s what made him an excellent tutor for players like Mahomes and Kaepernick….

              1. Razor,
                There’s never been any doubt regarding Alex’ intelligence. But Reid didn’t need a gunslinger at the time he got Alex. KC’ defense and overall team talent was a good fit for AS and Alex was a good fit for what Reid needed as well.

                Reid gave Alex almost 5 years to get them to the SB and he couldn’t do it. Hence the trade on draft day for Mahomes.

              2. Yep, I think Andy had a plan in mind. Coax and cajole Alex into an “A” personality until you can find one, and then have Alex tutor him. Trade Alex to a qb needy team and recoup some of your draft capital….

  4. When Jimmy G needs to come through I have no doubt he will. He battled in the Steelers game and couple of years ago with a minute left he drove the team into FG range and to victory over the Titans. He can play clutch and Shanny can call clutch.

    1. When I hear/read people go on about “can Garoppolo get it done if needed late” I wonder if they paid any attention to that Steelers game.

      Almost every question asked about the guy has already been answered. The only one left for me is if he can continue to do it down the road once teams adjust to him, but that’s more for next year and after.

      1. I think teams are already beginning to adjust to him by trying to keep him in the pocket and taking away (or jumping) the intermediate routes. He clearly makes throws that “game manager” QBs would shy away from, and he expects his receivers to go up and fight for the ball. So far only Kittle has done that with any consistency. I expected Jimmy G to take the first 8-10 games to get acclimated — hoping he will rein in his occasional errant throws by the end of the regular season.

        1. That ball he threw to Kittle down the seam after escaping the sack may have been his best all year. Just let that one rip.

            1. We’re just patting ourselves on the back here. It’s clear JimmyG is NOT a game manager. He can make throws that remind you of Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre. He’s obviously nowhere near that level…. yet. Just needs to work on his long game a bit. Hopefully he gets there someday.

  5. JG is still trying to find his way. He has come shown he can win in NE and first 5 games taking the team on his back. I know I know, end of the season with Niners team’s were soft or gearing up for playoffs. I get it!!!

    I have a feeling KS is keeping the cards to his chest and trying not to open passing offense too much. Also we need to protect JG.

    We are in a perfect situation. Easy early schedule. Running game and defense is on point. Injured players coming back for second half. Older players like Staley and Juice not getting beat up so will also be fresh. Oh and a team that is growing before our eyes. No off the field BS, learning how to win in different ways. This second half is going to be amazing experience for all of us!

    Go Niners!

    1. Jimmy is doing very well for this point in the trajectory of his career. But for some reason, media types want to apply labels such as “caretaker” and “great average QB” to Jimmy while he is obviously still in growth mode.

      That’s okay though, these same media types will feel silly when Jimmy blows their “characterizations” out of the water in the coming months and years.

      1. Lt and Rt backups, and no Juice. The media types ignore the absence of those 3 amigos, which has limited the offensive playbook and the opportunities to go deep….

        1. Say what we will about how well the backups have done. There is a clear difference between them and the starters. Their return will help jimmy exponentially.

        2. I think with the addition of Sanders, the passing game will become more productive.
          .
          3 days studying the playbook, and Sanders had 4 catches and a TD.

  6. He’s Being asked to play this way right now. Shanahan doesn’t produce “game managing” qb’s and offenses.
    I’m hoping the offense starts clicking in the passing game before the playoffs.
    It’s all good relying on a defense to win you games, but at some point you’ll need your QB and passing attack to win you some games.
    I remember a certain defense and Super Bowl I’d actually like to forget where a top ranked defense came in and looked horrible vs a joe f’ing Flacco team.
    So let’s not think this defense couldn’t have a bad day this season.
    In a short time this passing attack will take off and this game manger talk will be a short conversation.
    He’s to talented to be a simple “game manager”
    And it speaks volumes that he’s doing what he’s asked to do and not trying to be the star.
    KS knows he’s more than this.
    Just wait and see.

  7. “Is it different and I don’t know, just a weird feeling being a caretaker for lack of a better word?”

    What kind of insulting b.s. question is this? No wonder people despise the media.

    1. Have a question for anyone to to take a stab at ? What happened to Dante Pettis , the record setting punt returner , whom we moved up to get , in part because of that ability

      1. Sophomore slump, and the punt return duties were given to James. I don’t think Pettis’ college punt return prowess translated to the NFL….

        1. Ok thanks , seems like they can get a better option than James , not getting much out of Pettis , it’s a head scratcher

      2. NYN,
        Pettis is still getting some snaps during games and while he’s missed on a couple of scoring opportunities, he will have more opportunities to help the team albeit minimal.

        If I remember correctly, some here were calling for Armstead to be traded last year because his performance was underachieving. Now, he is playing at a great level. Pettis likely has shown enough in practice to convince Shanahan that he is worth keeping.

  8. Cardinal fan post…

    B Fan of CarSunBacks • 14 hours ago

    This might sound wrong and I am probably wrong.. But I feel like we layed down vs the Saints to keep us fresh and strong for the Niners.. Just seemed like we were a step slower than we have been vs the Saints..
    I really think we could be the Niners 1st loss of the season.. We have done well vs good rushing teams, like the Giants.. And we match up very nicely for the Niners air game..
    Feel like we could upset em..

      1. Cardinals have won 8 in a row against the 49ers. Never be overconfident against any opponent in the NFL. As they say, Any Given Sunday.

        1. Agree. Back in the high school days I was recruited a little bit by Army and one of the posters they sent read “Respect all opponents. Fear none.”

          That’s how I look at games like this one.

          Something like 19-10 wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    1. Jeff Deeney
      ‏@PFF_Jeff
      The #49ers defense has not allowed a touchdown pass since Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh. Over the last four games their passer rating allowed is just 42.2. For comparison, throwing it straight into the ground every time earns you a passer rating of 39.6.

    1. Where’s Major Tom, could you pass this along?:

      1. San Francisco 49ers 224.4
      2. New England Patriots 234.0
      3. Buffalo Bills 303.9
      4. Denver Broncos 304.5
      5. Minnesota Vikings 313.9

      1. He missed his standby on the team charter and had to catch an UBER home from the airport. Looks like the hot mic session will be remote again. He’ll be back on the keyboard shortly.

  9. Chris Biderman
    @ChrisBiderman

    George Kittle has just one touchdown this season (he’s had three negated by penalties, if memory serves). That could change Thursday. The Cardinals have allowed a league-worst eight touchdowns to tight ends. #49ers

  10. Fanpost over on NN compares Jimmy G’s first sixteen games with quite a number of QBs including Young, Montana, Peyton, Brees, etc. Not sure why the poster thinks that Jimmy’s numbers are better than Steve Young’s (the only stat that is better is total yards over the first 16 games).

    Draw your own conclusions. I think he’s doing fine, but I would like to see some of the egregious interceptions cleaned up. The ones where a defensive player makes a great play (like the interception thrown to Pettis in the WA game), don’t bother me as much; every QB gets intercepted.

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2019/10/26/20934054/jimmy-gs-first-16-games-put-him-in-elite-company

      1. I’ll let you do that. The poster includes Mahomes, Marino, and few others who have done better than Jimmy.

        But here’s a comparison to Matt Ryan (Ryan’s first 16 games with KS as OC, but Ryan’s 8th year as a starting QB in the league).

        Al Sacco

        @AlSacco49
        Oct 28
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        Matt Ryan’s first 16 games in Kyle Shanahan’s offense:
        614 attempts
        69.8% compl.
        7.5 YPA
        4,591 yards
        21 TDs
        16 INTS

        Jimmy Garoppolo’s first 16 games with #49ers (15 starts):
        456 attempts
        66.9% compl.
        8.3 YPA
        3,767 yds
        21TDs
        15 INTs

        1. Point is, like I wrote the last time you brought up this, you can go through and pick out guys who are in that class or better.

          The reason those guys are considered elite is because they did it year after year after year after year. Plus some of those guys were playing at a time when the rules were way different.

          1. I have never called Jimmy “elite”. The only point I’ve tried to make is that Jimmy is not a bust but is on good and expected path (relative to his current peers and to QBs in the past) to becoming a great QB.

              1. A bust? No. Though we’ve seen some regulars saying we’ve seen his ceiling. Or attributing his success to “luck”. Or calling out “Jimmy apologists”. Draw your own conclusions.

              2. JG is far from a bust. This year isn’t even done and I am already anticipating his growth into next year.

              3. We don’t really know what his ceiling is.

                Garoppolo has gotten lucky with some of his throws, especially back in 2017.

                There are a few apologists who will blame receivers or turn routine defensive plays into great plays to forgive a pick after he stared the receiver down.

              4. Not sure how much better he can be on 3rd down. They just need to find him a young Sanders. Maybe it’s James, maybe it’s Hurd. Maybe he’s not on the team, but I’d like to see him develop chemistry with whomever it may end up being….

              5. There are a few apologists who will …

                No apologies from me. Yeah, JG throws ints. BFD, it’s part of football. If there are apologists it should be posters and bloggers apologizing for obsessing over and over and over and over and over and over and over on one bad play. It adds absolutely nothing.

  11. Al Sacco

    @AlSacco49
    Oct 25
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    In 2018, Garoppolo was sacked 13 times in three games. Overall, the #49ers allowed 48 sacks.

    This season, Garopplo’s been sacked just 8 times in 6 games (tied for 3rd fewest). SF’s on pace to allow just 21 sacks. Amazing, considering they’re down to their 4th & 5th Tackles

      1. I assume you mean Staley, right? If that’s the case, it would be nice if they could play him at LT now just to get a preview. Easier said than done, though, because a sudden change like that would be a tip that something was afoot.

        I guess they could move the Glinch into Staley’s spot.

  12. Red zone percentage hasn’t improved this year, but the number of times the team is threatening from the redzone has. If the offense ever increases that percentage, look out.

    Al Sacco

    @AlSacco49
    Oct 23
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    #49ers are tied for 4th in the NFL in redzone appearances (26) despite playing one less game than everyone tied with or above them (NE has the most with 30).

    However, SF is currently 29th in the league in RZ % (38.5%). Since the start of 2017, SF’s 42.9% is the worst in the NFL

  13. Man let me just say how awesome this blog has been since the departure of that old arrogant ahole. It won’t last forever but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

  14. JG- ‘So as a QB, just try to put players in a position to be successful, get them the ball, let them make plays in space and let them take care of the rest.’
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    Seb- 7. Devise plays that gets the ball in his RBs (playmaker’s) hands in space. Think end arounds, screens, draws (shovel passes, counters, misdirections) swing passes. Re emphasize West Coast concepts of ball control through short passes.
    .
    JG just made my day.

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