QB Jimmy Garoppolo - San Francisco 49ers
|6-2, 226||Born: 11-2-1991||College: Eastern Illinois||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
Week 20: vs Green Bay Packers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The San Francisco 49ers' divisional-round game against the Minnesota Vikings was another low-volume day for Jimmy Garoppolo and the team's passing attack. On the day, Garoppolo only attempted 19 passes, an incredibly low total that aligns closely with the team's season-long offensive fingerprint. San Francisco's passing game was the 4th-lowest volume unit in the league, posting a mediocre 28-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but an impressive 7.4 net yards per attempt, which was good for 3rd in the league. Last weekend's distribution of targets closely resembled the season-long trends for 49ers' pass-catchers. Tight end George Kittle remains one of the premier players at his position, and he is the team's number-one option through the air. Them, out wide, Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders are both strong secondary options for Jimmy Garoppolo. Samuel, specifically, is an electric playmaker after the catch, and the 49ers make a concerted effort to get him the ball in space. On the other hand, Sanders is a refined route-runner who makes a living by beating defensive backs thanks to his attention to detail. Overall, Jimmy Garoppolo's erratic performance, coupled with typically low volume through the air for the unit, makes this passing attack a highly-volatile unit overall. Green Bay's pass defense allowed mediocre efficiency totals through the air, but much like their offense, an astounding touchdown-to-interception ratio salvaged strong overall numbers against opposing passing attacks this year. The Packers defended the 18th-most passing attempts, allowing middle-of-the-pack yardage totals on the 18th-ranked net yards per attempt mark in the league. Along their defensive line, the Packers field three top-flight pass-rushers. Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith combined for 25.5 sacks during the regular season off the edge. In between them, Kenny Clark is one of the league's best interior pass-rushers, and he posted six sacks of his own this year. The weakness of this defense in coverage is at the second level, where the Packers have a notable lack of capable pass-defenders. This void in the defense helped enable 4 different opposing tight ends to record at least 6 receptions for 84 yards through the air this season, including George Kittle, who went for 129 yards and a score on 6 receptions against Green Bay in Week 12. The Packers' defensive backfield, however, is one of the league's strongest. At cornerback, Tramon Williams and Jaire Alexander are both top-end pass-defenders, and at safety Adrian Amos has proven to be an elite offseason acquisition. Overall, this unit's strengths in the trenches and in the secondary help to mask the weakness at linebacker, salvaging league-average totals against the pass. This weekend, should the 49ers rely on a pass-heavy gameplan, their efficient passing offense should look to focus on exploiting the weak link in Green Bay's defense. In total, this grades as a neutral matchup for the San Francisco passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Jimmy Garoppolo's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs MIN (11 / 19 / 131 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo was sharp to begin the game, with only a George Kittle drop slowing down the first drive. He found Emmanuel Sanders for a big gain to get into scoring range and then Sanders again to get into the red zone. Finally, he finished the drive with an easy play action pass to Kendrick Bourne. On the second drive, Garoppolo kept it alive with a third and long desperation duck to Bourne that worked, but he was sacked and almost picked later as the drive stalled out. On the second touchdown drive he got some yards after catch help from Deebo Samuel, but couldn't convert on a sneak after Samuel set the team up at the one. He was picked by Eric Kendricks in his own end late in the second quarter when he failed to read him dropping into coverage. In the third quarter, Garoppolo had one excellent third down conversion to Bourne when he negotiated the pocket well, but mostly wasn't needed to close out the win in the second half. He did have a chance to get a second touchdown pass in the second half with a screen and shovel pass to George Kittle on goal to go plays, but both were stopped.
2019 Week 17 vs SEA (18 / 22 / 285 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo didn't throw an incompletion in the second half and was about a cumulative foot away from going a perfect 22-for-22. His first incompletion was a slight underthrow deep left to Emmanuel Sanders, who probably should have caught it. His second incompletion was a slight overthrew to Raheem Mostert in the right flat, who probably should have caught it. His third incompletion was a slightly wide back-handed shovel pass to Tevin Coleman, who probably should have caught it. And Garoppolo's final incompletion, which came with 45 seconds left before halftime was a perfect throw in the right flat to Matt Breida, who would have caught it if not for being obliterated by K.J. Wright as the ball arrived.
2019 Week 16 vs LAR (16 / 27 / 248 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Once again, Garoppolo came through in the clutch, especially on two throws that essentially won the game for San Francisco: a sack-evading roll out touchdown pass to George Kittle and a perfectly placed bomb to Emmanuel Sanders that set up Robby Gould's field goal at the buzzer. It might be said that, given his two interceptions leading to Rams scoring chances, Garoppolo was partly to blame for the early deficit his team had to come back from. However, both interceptions were due to great individual plays by Jalen Ramsey. On the first, Ramsey peeled off from his coverage responsibility to show up in a position even the best quarterbacks wouldn't expect him to be. And on the second, Ramsey deflected Garoppolo's (slightly thrown-behind) slant pass, which turned into a can of corn for whichever Rams defender wanted to claim it.
2019 Week 15 vs ATL (22 / 34 / 200 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo wasn't necessarily "bad" in this game. He just clearly wasn't as sharp as he had been in recent weeks. It's true that a big reason for his underwhelming stat line was Atlanta's defensive game plan, which neutralized San Francisco's wide receivers via man-to-man coverage and limited George Kittle to underneath catches in traffic. Having said that, Garoppolo didn't help matters, missing several times in all manners of miss -- low, high, ahead, behind, early, late, etc. -- when receivers were certainly "open" by NFL standards.
2019 Week 14 vs NO (26 / 35 / 349 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo played about as flawless of a game as anyone could ask for against the Saints defense in New Orleans. He was pinpoint accurate, hitting receivers in stride across the middle of the field. He dropped two perfect short passes to his left into George Kittle's breadbasket, one for a touchdown and another for what in all intents and purposes won the game. And oh by the way, he did the vast majority of his damage with George Kittle being neutralized for all but a handful of plays. Garoppolo's one blemish in the box score, an interception on San Francisco's drive to open the second half, was the unlucky result of a tipped pass and a defender in the right place at the right time. If one absolutely had to pick nits, his 75-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders was almost all Sanders, as Garoppolo moderately underthrew the deep ball while under no pressure at all from the pass rush.
2019 Week 13 vs BAL (15 / 21 / 165 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
The weather conditions severely hampered Garoppolo's performance in myriad ways. Deebo Samuel wouldn't have required acrobatics to make his deep touchdown catch if Garoppolo hadn't have underthrown him by 10 yards. A slippery ball likely played a part in his fumble that set up Baltimore's first touchdown. Less obvious than these, though, were little things like the wind moving his ball sideways so as to not hit receivers in stride. Also, there were a couple of plays in which Garoppolo had receivers breaking wide open as he eluded the pass rush, but unsure footing caused him to miss the opportunity.
2019 Week 12 vs GB (14 / 20 / 253 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Of Garoppolo's 14 completions, 7 went for 15 or more yards. Most of this damage was done in the middle of the field, with safety Adrian Amos and linebacker Blake Martinez being clearly beaten or seemingly befuddled on a constant basis. Of course, it's one thing to see clever scheming and poor defending; it's another to take advantage of it. And with pinpoint accurate passing, hitting receievers in stride on slants, crossers, and posts, Garoppolo did just that. Also of note is the fact that, along with all this good from Garoppolo, there was none of the superbad that rears its ugly head from time to time. He took a couple of sacks on third down instead of forcing throws, and two of his six incompletions were actually throwaways. Finally, Garoppolo saved his most clutch for last, converting two third downs -- one a 3rd-and-10 -- on a fourth quarter drive that ended any earthly chance of a Packers comeback.
2019 Week 11 vs ARI (34 / 45 / 424 / 4 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo threw two absolutely awful interceptions, both on 3rd down, and both inside Arizona's 25-yard line. On the first, he threw to a bracketed Emmanuel Sanders at the goal line, but it was actually a third defender, an underneath linebacker that he didn't see, who made the interception. On the second, Garoppolo high and behind Ross Dwelley, who helpfully tipped the ball into the waiting arms of safety Jalen Thompson. Despite how awful these were, they actually shed light on why he's still plenty good enough to have produced a 400-yard, 4-touchdown, game-winning performance. Namely, Garoppolo a) makes reads and gets the ball out as fast as anyone in the league, b) he's willing to throw as he's about to get hit, and c) he defaults towards pushing the ball downfield rather than checking down. These are good traits for an NFL quarterback, but they sometimes manifest themselves in hero throws that shouldn't be made; say, on 3rd-down in the red zone when you're about to gain or extend a second-half lead.
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (24 / 46 / 248 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Going into details about all the random events that conspired both for and against Garoppolo in this game would make this blurb far too long. Suffice it to say, losing Emmanuel Sanders midway through the second quarter didn't help. George Kittle being injured didn't help. Losing your center for a few plays, and his backup blowing a block in the interim that causes a strip-sack fumble recovery touchdown...didn't help. The endless parade of awful drops by his receivers didn't help, especially the long-gain-turned-interception that Kenrdick Bourne volleyball set into the air for Quandre Diggs to pick off. Having said all that, Garoppolo benefitted from multiple dropped interceptions, an actual interception that was nullified by a ticky-tack defensive holding penalty, and bad injury luck also befalling Seahawks defenders. Stripping away all the randomness, if such a thing can be done, what the film shows was a reversion to his inconsistent form from earlier in the season once Emmanuel Sanders left the game. Before then, he was placing the ball perfectly on slants and making good decisions. Afterwards, the bad decisions, pinpoint inaccuracy, and general "not being on the same page" with his receivers rose from the grave.
2019 Week 9 vs ARI (28 / 37 / 317 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
For the first time in a long time, Garoppolo showed a level of pinpoint accuracy we haven't seen since before his 2018 injury. This bit of renaissance was fully on display on all four of his touchdowns throws. On his first two touchdowns, he hit George Kittle in stride on a quick slant and hit Kendrick Bourne on a square-in through a tiny window. Putting the ball in a perfect spot on in-breaking routes has been a particular struggle for Garoppolo this season. On his final two touchdowns, he showed pinpoint accuracy on out-breaking routes, first to Emmanuel Sanders on a flat route out of the backfield, and then to Dante Pettis on a deep corner route. The latter, though wide open, may have actually been a better indicator of Garoppolo's performance because he had been consistently underthrowing those all season.
2019 Week 8 vs CAR (18 / 22 / 175 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
With the 49ers' running game meeting minimal resistance, Garoppolo wasn't asked to do much. This was especially true in the second half, where he only threw five passes. That said, when called upon early, he delivered, and the two demerits on his stat sheet weren't as bad as what he's capable of sometimes. Garoppolo's first touchdown was a perfectly threaded pass between two defenders at the goal line. He also perfectly executed a shovel pass to Matt Breida and a screen pass to Tevin Coleman, both in the red zone. And on third downs, he went 4-for-5, converting a first down on all 4 completions. With respect to his interception and safety, the former was more of a great play by all-world linebacker Luke Kuechly (in coverage against George Kittle), while the latter resulted from a blown block by Justin Skule, who'll be returning to the bench when Joe Staley returns in the next week or two.
2019 Week 7 vs WAS (12 / 21 / 151 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
Playing in a morass isn't conducive to fantasy output, but Garoppolo missed a couple of big opportunities nevertheless, mainly due to not adjusting properly for the wind. Going against the wind during the second and third quarter, Garoppolo a) floated a near-interception to George Kittle across the middle; b) tossed a softball to Kendrick Bourne on a quick slant that was also nearly intercepted; and c) threw an actual interception on an underthrown deep pass to Dante Pettis, who was wide open. Perhaps then it was overcompensation for wind when, in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo underthrew another deep touchdown -- this time to Bourne -- despite having a stiff breeze at his back. All of the above said, Garoppolo did move the chains via the pass when the 49ers absolutely needed it (usually to Kittle). He also used his legs more than usual, running for two first downs, and performing a Houdini-like sack escape early in the second quarter.
2019 Week 6 vs LAR (24 / 33 / 243 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 4 / 1 rush)
Garoppolo played well despite constantly being under pressure from the Rams pass rush. His passing stats would have been much more impressive if not for Marquise Goodwin dropping a wide open deep touchdown and Tevin Coleman dropping a wide open goal line touchdown. That said, both throws were perfect examples of the "general vs. pinpoint accuracy" phenomenon that's been getting chronicled in these recaps all season. Both were thrown accurately enough for Goodwin and Coleman to make the catches, but at the same time required them to make a pair of physically awkard catch attempts rather than ones in stride. Arguably, these two throws were as bad or worse than his red zone interception, as that one was more of a bad decision than a bad pass. Also concerning with respect to situational awareness, he lost a fumble midway through the fourth quarter due to lackadaisical ball security, thereby giving the Rams life when they were pretty much dead.
2019 Week 5 vs CLE (20 / 29 / 181 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
With a clear run-based game plan that found success early and often, Garoppolo wasn't tested much in this game. From a game film perspective, he did show improvement on a couple of things that have been mentioned in this space previously. First, as evidenced on both Matt Breida's receiving touchdown and Dante Pettis' dropped would-be touchdown, Garoppolo displayed pinpoint accuracy on in-breaking routes that he's been throwing behind receivers all season. Second, the risks he took throwing into coverage were far less risky than in previous weeks. No lofting it into triple coverage off his back foot; no throwing late and high across the middle; and so on.
2019 Week 3 vs PIT (23 / 32 / 277 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 3 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo played a better game than the box score would have one believe. Both of his interceptions were on tipped balls. The absence of left tackle Joe Staley led to more pressure than he usually receives, but Garoppolo handled it with aplomb, repeatedly escaping sacks. He would have thrown for over 300 yards if not for a Deebo Samuel drop deep downfield in the third quarter.
2019 Week 2 vs CIN (17 / 25 / 297 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo's stats may have rebounded back to above-average against Cincinnati, but his non-box score performance did not. He can thank Kyle Shanahan's play design and play-calling for many of his long gainers, what with 49ers receivers running wide-open all over the field, and Bengals tacklers repeatedly engaging in defensive indifference. He also repeated many of his Week 1 mistakes, i.e., throwing behind receivers rather than hitting them in stride, as well as making incredibly ill-advised throws into double-(or triple-) coverage. Throwing for 297/3/1 was just about the floor of what Cincinnati offered up for the taking.
2019 Week 1 vs TB (18 / 27 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Garoppolo's pick six may have been more of a great defensive play than a bad throw, but there were still plenty of bad throws to go around. Matt Waldman likes to distinguish between general accuracy and pinpoint accuracy. Garoppolo completely missed a couple times, but the vast majority of his errant throws were examples of pinpoint inaccuracy. No fewer than five times, Garoppolo had a situation in which throwing to his receiver in stride would have led to huge yardage, but he threw it to either the back hip or the back shoulder. One of the only times -- if not the only time -- he did not mess this up, he hit Richie James in stride deep downfield for a 39-yard touchdown.
Latest News49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo inspiring confidence (Sat Jan 18, 01:50 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has the confidence of former 49ers QB and Hall of Famer Steve Young. 'When they've asked him to raise up and go win it, he did it,' Young said. 'Those are hard things to do. That just doesn't happen. When you see it in the NFL and someone is able to do it, you go, once you've done it, you can do it again. You can keep doing it.' Our View: That's what great quarterbacks do...especially in big games. The 49ers are one game away from the Super Bowl and what a turnaround they've had this past season. They had a plan with head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch and it took three years for it to come to fruition but here we are. A large part of what they've been able to do in the 2019 season comes down to Garoppolo staying healthy. We'll see if they can win and head to Miami for the Super Bowl.
link to story 49ers | San Francisco on to NFC Championship game (Sat Jan 11, 07:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo went 11-for-19 for 131 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round playoff game. RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. RB Raheem Mostert rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries, while RB Matt Breida rushed for 17 yards on eight carries. WR Deebo Samuel caught three passes for 42 yards on six targets. WR Kendrick Bourne caught three passes for 40 yards and one touchdown on five targets. WR Emmanuel Sanders caught two passes for 33 yards on two targets, while TE George Kittle caught three passes for 16 yards on five targets. Our View: The 49ers are going to be at home for the NFC Championship Game as the No.1 seed in the conference. Their defense is playing at a high level and their offense can beat you up with the ground game. We'll see if the Packers or the Seahawks are the team traveling to play the 49ers next Sunday.
link to story 49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo making 1st playoff start (Sat Jan 11, 01:46 PM) - San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is set to make his first postseason start Saturday, Jan. 11, when the 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round. link to story
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