Jimmy Garoppolo admitted that he will do his best to help grow Trey Lance, as Tom Brady did with him in New England.
The quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy GaroppoloRemember what it was like to be the rookie apprentice.
Now, that experience learning behind Tom Brady with the New England Patriots, will apparently shape his work alongside the newly recruited Los Angeles quarterback. Niners, Trey Lance.
Appearing on “The Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin show”, on ESPN Radio, Garoppolo spoke publicly for the first time since the 49ers traded to climb to third place overall in the Draft 2021, to invest that shift in Lance.
“It’s like closing a circle,” he said Garoppolo. “You go on this trajectory of NFL And you start out as a young guy coming up. Tom taught me everything. The competition between us was great. It really made me grow as a rookie and as a young player. So, that’s what me and Trey, we’re going to mold our relationship on. But it will happen naturally. It’s one of those things that you can’t force anything. Just let it come as it comes. “
Garoppolo, 29 years old, in fact not so far from having been in a situation similar to the one that comes Lance on San Francisco. What Lance, Garoppolo came from a school in the FCS (Eastern Illinois in order to Garoppolo, North Dakota State in order to Lance), joined a team with aspirations to Super Bowl, and was expected to learn behind a veteran before taking the reins.
Those memories still remain for Garoppolo, who wrote to Lance shortly after the Niners they recruited him.
“I will try to use my own personal experiences and simply what I lived, what helped me, what challenged me as a young player,” he said. Garoppolo. “I am going to use those tools that helped me to try to help Trey. It is difficult to get to this league; I know what it was like to come from a school in the FCS to NFL. There’s a bit of adjustment, the speed, whatever you want to call it, it’s just different. So whatever I can do to help you, I’ll be more than happy. “
Of course, Garoppolo never got a chance to take the lead role in New England, who recruited him in the second round of 2014 and gave him just two starts, before trading him to the 49ers in the second round of Draft 2017.
Garoppolo yes he became a holder for San Francisco, where he’s posted a 24-9 mark (including playoffs) but has suffered two of the past three seasons interrupted by a torn ACL (he missed 13 games in 2018) and a pair of upper-end sprains ankle (he missed 10 games in 2020).
Those injuries were the biggest reason the Los Angeles’ head coach Niners, Kyle Shanahan, and the general manager, John Lynch, they made the move to take Lance in this campaign break, with the 49ers trailing a combined 10-22 mark in those couple of years when Garoppolo significant lapses of time were lost.
In january Garoppolo He admitted that he needed to find a way to stay healthy. But the 49ers quickly began exploring their quarterback options, a process that eventually led to Lance.
As they said Shanahan Y Lynch, was in contact with Garoppolo along the process.
“Communication has been good,” he said. Garoppolo. “There’s really nothing that hasn’t been said. Everything has been put on the table. I’m happy to have the opportunity to play football. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m here for, that’s what I signed up for. As long as I have the opportunity. to go out there and win some games and play good football, that’s all you can ask for at the end of the day … All you really need is an opportunity. If you get an opportunity, you have to take it, and that’s what I try to do. “
Shanahan made it clear that there was no definitive deadline or plan for Lance take the incumbent position, and that he expected Garoppolo, who is scheduled to hit the 2021 salary cap for 26.1 million, remain with the team and remain the starter.
“I want to Jimmy here, and I want the boy [Lance] develop, “he said Shanahan Thursday. “I want to see how it goes [a Lance], and if it becomes a competition, it becomes a competition. I’d be excited if it shows you’re ready for those things. But we know where it is Jimmy. [Lance] He hasn’t played football in a year. You haven’t been to a team organized activities session. I would love to have him there; it would be very difficult for me to imagine a situation where Jimmy not be here on Sunday, because that would be, I think, very stressful for us, because Jimmy He is a very good player and I think we can win with him. So, we will go watching, but I hope that Jimmy is here and I would be surprised if it didn’t happen. “
And while Garoppolo He appears to welcome the competition, also admitting Tuesday that he plans to keep competing and fighting to retain the job that has been his for the past three and a half seasons.
“Will always be there [el deseo de competir]”, He said Garoppolo. “That hasn’t gone away. Ever since I came to the league, I’ve had that. I think it’s because of the way you’re raised, and that. My father was an electrician, and a hard-working guy, and I think that’s contagious. It’s the way the league works now. Everybody’s casting young guys, to develop and stuff like that, so I know what it’s like. I’ve been on both sides now, but at the end of the day, all you can really ask for is an opportunity. Once you get it, you take it. “