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Despite the rumors, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch appears to be in Jimmy Garoppolo’s corner.
“We’re a better football team when he’s out there,” Lynch said on KNBR radio. “We win a lot of games when he’s out there. We’ve struggled to win without him.”
Garoppolo has also struggled this season when on the field, one year after leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl. But the main issue is he hasn’t been able to even stay on the field. A high ankle sprain may have ended his season. If not ended it, at least kept him out until the very end.
The 49ers are 4-5 heading into Sunday’s game against the powerful New Orleans Saints. The playoffs are in doubt. All of it has led to constant questions about the future of Garoppolo in San Francisco.
Lynch admitted Garoppolo hasn’t been the same this year. That doesn’t mean Lynch or the 49ers are giving up on the guy. Or so Lynch says.
“People can try and pick his game apart,” Lynch said. “I do believe a lot of this year, Jimmy probably hasn’t played up to his standard. I think a lot of that, he’s been somewhat compromised with his health since he had that high ankle in the New York Jets game. Think about prior to the ankle injury in that game, I believe he was 12-of-14, he was our player of the game. We have a lot of belief in Jimmy.”