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At some point in every NFL veteran quarterback’s starting career, a younger option is identified and targeted to replace him. It’s inevitable, but it doesn’t normally happen to franchise signal callers who are under 30 years old.
Due to multiple injuries and subpar play, that’s the situation Jimmy Garoppolo finds himself in with the San Francisco 49ers. Earlier in the offseason, the team sent a slew of picks to the Miami Dolphins to move up to the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
They used that pick on North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, putting an end date on Jimmy G in San Francisco. He’s still with the team and could begin the season as the starting quarterback, but it’s only a matter of time before Lance is handed the reins.
So far, Garoppolo has handled these decisions well. But with OTAs kicking off, reporters finally got a chance to talk to him. On Tuesday, he was asked whether he has been tempted to take the low road during this process.
“When it initially happened, there’s a million emotions that go on throughout your head and you think of all the possible scenarios and things like that,” he replied, via CBS Sports. “But at the end of the day, I want to play football. I want to go out there and win games. That’s what I do. It wasn’t anything too crazy. It took a little while to process everything. But once I did, it was just, go out there and ball. You’ve just got to attack it. NFL is a crazy business, things happen, but you’ve just got to attack it day by day and make the best of it.”
Will we see a situation like we saw in Green Bay last year? After the Packers selected Jordan Love in the first round, Aaron Rodgers proceeded to have an MVP caliber season.
But that’s Rodgers. Is Garoppolo motivated to spoil San Francisco’s plan by playing lights out?
No, he isn’t.
“If you start thinking about all of those things, especially as a quarterback, you’re going to be in some trouble,” he said. “I’ve got enough things to worry about just with the offense and things like that, trying to improve things here and there. At the end of the day, we’re playing football. That’s what I love to do. I love to go out there and be with the guys, win football games. That’s what I do. It’s one of those things that the situation is what it is. It’s not changing. You just try to make the best of it. The way I do that, I attack each day and just try to put my best foot forward.”
Things can — and likely will — change sometime in the future. But for now, Garoppolo seems content to put his head down, go to work every day and try to make the best of his current situation. That’s all anyone can really ask of him.
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