Could Jimmy Garoppolo be the next Joe Montana for the 49ers?
It wasn’t until Brady was suspended for the deflategate scandal that Garoppolo saw the field and had his chance to be in the spotlight. For two games, he started for the Pats before facing an injury that brought him back to the bench.
In the middle of the 2017 season, Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers — which we all know, Bill Belichick was not happy about.
Now with the Niners, Garoppolo’s seeing his career take off.
Once starting quarterback C.J. Beathard faced an injury, Garoppolo was given his long anticipated shot at making a name for himself — and that he did!
He came out the gates with rushing yards and pass completions that gave 49ers fans hope and confidence. He earned the starting quarterback position for the 49ers with six games left in the regular season.
With 120 completions and seven touchdowns, he proved his worth and earned himself the position of starting quarterback for the 2018 season.
So whether you’ve heard or not, the talk of the town is that Garoppolo could be the next Joe Montana…
Now, I know he has a great arm and he tends to show accuracy in his passes, but does he have the arm and accuracy of Joe Montana? I guess we should talk about that.
Joe Montana played 14 seasons with the 49ers and two with the Kansas City Chiefs. This 4x Super Bowl champion and 3x Super Bowl MVP earned himself a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
During his first season with the 49ers, Montana spent majority of his time as the backup quarterback. Towards the end of his second season, he was named the starting quarterback for San Francisco. Sounds pretty familiar, eh?
Montana is arguably the best quarterback in NFL history. Whether you agree or not, you can at least see where those claims come from.
So if Montana is a Hall of Famer and the best in the business, do the Garoppolo rumors mean that he too will see the Hall of Fame at the end of his career?
I would say it is a little too soon to tell.
Sure, his stats so far prove he’s perfectly capable, but even the legend himself tells USA Today that “it’s still a little early” for calling him San Francisco’s savior.
“I think it’s still a little early for it, myself,” Montana said on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “He’s obviously has a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently.”
As we all know, the 49ers have had a rough couple of years. They could really use a solid quarterback to get this team back on their feet. Garoppolo might just be their guy.
His performance in just six games was better than most other quarterbacks the 49ers have had recently. He is young, he is talented and he was trained by the man who defines success — Brady.
Garoppolo has what it takes to lead San Francisco to Super Bowls to come, but he is just getting started so only time will tell.
His success in the 2018 season will be the tell all of whether or not we can keep comparing this guy to the one and only Joe Montana.
I can only imagine how Garoppolo must feel that this comparison is even beginning in the first place!
No pressure, Jimmy. You only have the BIGGEST shoes to fill as a 49ers quarterback…
Show us what you got, prodigy!