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The beauty of 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo partly explains the lack of respect in the NFL, says general manager John Lynch

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The beauty of 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo partly explains the lack of respect in the NFL, says general manager John Lynch

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Over the past year, 49ers general manager John Lynch has appeared to push starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo further through the proverbial door, given his decision to draft Trey Lance with the No. 3 draft pick. of the 2021 NFL and a controversial tweet that he liked to “leave Jimmy behind” following the team’s loss to the Titans on Dec. 23.

But on Friday, Lynch said during an appearance with 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” in San Francisco that he doesn’t understand why Garoppolo doesn’t get more respect in the league.

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“Sometimes people get jealous when you’re good looking and have the world by you-know-what,” Lynch joked. “We’ll be like, ‘Man, this guy is too perfect.’ I don’t know what the reason is. If people knew him, he’s such an easy guy to like you’ll never find him.

It’s possible that the 49ers’ offensive scheme and commitment to directing the football isn’t optimal for Garoppolo’s skill set.

This season, however, in 15 games, Garoppolo led San Francisco to a 9-6 record, throwing for 3,810 passing yards and 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.

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He helped San Francisco qualify for the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons, playing this Sunday against the third-seeded Dallas Cowboys. Earlier this week, however, Garoppolo explained how the decision to draft Lance and his future contract status – he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2023 – threatened him.

“It’s always on your mind,” Garoppolo said. “It’s been in mine, you know, really all season. I just knew what kind of season it was, I knew everything that was going on behind the scenes and so on. So it was a little different. But, at the same time, it’s like saying you have to toe that line because you don’t want to get too emotional in those times. And you just have to go play football when it comes to that, but the human side definitely comes into play.”

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It’s unclear if Lynch stopped to consider why trading to draft a QB with the 3rd overall pick and liking a tweet that criticized Jimmy G could be why the 49ers QB isn’t getting more of respect in the league.

Still, Lynch continued to praise Garoppolo’s poise, saying that after his tweets controversy, he called Garoppolo out. The quarterback easily forgave him, apparently saying he “knew his heart.”

Garoppolo’s career in San Francisco could very well be over if the 49ers don’t win the Super Bowl this season. He is slated for a base salary of $24,200,000 next season, although there is increased pressure for Lance to play given his arm strength and athleticism.

For now, however, Lynch’s support for Garoppolo remains strong.

“He’s so easy to love,” Lynch said. “When we got it, it was the thing we always talked about. He’s not your typical quarterback. You find him all the time sitting with – well, we used to sit around before COVID – other people. He always sat with the offensive linemen on the practice squad. Even if he’s not — the quarterback is never just one of the guys in the building — he’s really just one of the guys. I think those are the values ​​of the Midwest and the way it was raised.

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