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San Francisco 49ers name Jimmy Garoppolo starting QB

30 November, 2017, 12:31 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo not only will make his first start for the 49ers on Sunday.

Garoppolo, 26, will be given the opportunity to become the 49ers' face of the franchise, according to first-year coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch since being acquired in a trade with the Patriots Oct. 31.

Garoppolo was acquired from the Patriots before the trade deadline October 31, and San Francisco is grooming him to start next season.

Garoppolo completed his only two passes, with the second finding Louis Murphy in the end zone for a 10-yard score as the game expired. Garoppolo would have likely commanded top dollar on the open market after impressing during his brief playing time in Brady's stead.

Garoppolo, an Eastern Illinois product, won his first start by rallying the Patriots past the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 in the opener, throwing for 264 yards and a touchdown. Beathard threw three touchdown passes compared to five interceptions in his five starts, during which the Niners went 1-4.

None of his 96 career passes have been intercepted.


The one-win San Francisco 49ers will be changing things up to try and get another "W" against the Chicago Bears. Beathard was given the start against the Seahawks after the bye, completing 22 of 38 for 201 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Beathard suffered a bruised knee and strained hip Sunday, but neither was deemed serious.

If he does want to become a franchise quarterback, Garoppolo will have to prove his worth in the final five games of the 49ers season.

On Monday, Shanahan said he would probably announce his starting quarterback on Wednesday.

"When you're making a long-term decision on someone for your organization, for you to pay him the amount of money that you do for quarterbacks, that's a big deal", Shanahan said.

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