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Are the 49ers in trouble with Jimmy Garoppolo?

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on September 25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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The San Francisco 49ers thought Trey Lance would be the quarterback to guide them this season.

But, after Lance missed the entire season with an ankle injury in Week 2, Jimmy Garoppolo finds himself in a familiar position.

Garoppolo is now tasked with leading the 49ers’ offense for the rest of the season.

His first start to the season didn’t look too good as the 49ers only scored 10 points, with Garoppolo struggling to make anything happen.

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Despite playing poorly in Week 3, the 49ers shouldn’t panic over Jimmy G.

He has led this team to the Super Bowl and the NFC Championship during his tenure.

Plus, he seems to be a good fit for what Kyle Shanahan wants to do on offense.

This Week 3 loss looked bad, especially since the Niners fell to 1-2 on the year.

But, the more Garoppolo plays, the better he should be.

Additionally, he is 6-0 in career regular season games against the Los Angeles Rams.

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The team he will face on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

The 49ers and Rams appear to be the two best teams in the NFC West and how they meet this year could determine who wins the division.

One thing the Niners need to do on offense is get their star players more involved.

Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk need more touches.

In Week 3, Samuel had 10 total touches (five receptions, five rushes) for 79 yards.

After being one of the best playmakers in the NFL last season, the Niners should give him the ball more than 15 times a game.

Garoppolo has done a good job of distributing the ball over the years.

While he is far from an elite passer, his ability to shoot the ball with precision in the short and middle areas of the field stands out.

For the 49ers, the main question is how far Jimmy G can take them after a trip to the NFC Championship last year.

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Are the 49ers Super Bowl contenders?

The 49ers have had a really good roster for years and that looks to be the case again in 2022.

His defense is loaded with talent, including Nick Bosa and Fred Warner.

Bosa has four sacks in three games.

The entire defense had a lot of fun chasing down Russell Wilson in Week 3.

Also, this defense has elite stats for three weeks.

They are allowing just 12.3 points per game and 227.0 yards per game.

Both numbers are in the top three in the NFL.

The only question mark on the entire list is the quarterback.

If Garoppolo can get back to the form we’ve seen in the past, this team is a Super Bowl contender.

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Playing in a weak NFC, whichever team is playing better at the end of the season can win the conference.

So with a roster experienced with postseason success, you’d be foolish to think the 49ers couldn’t contend for a Super Bowl.

This offense has also been one of the best running offenses in the NFL in recent years.

Even though they lost running back Elijah Mitchell, the team has a next-man mentality at that position.

It will be interesting to see how this team plays as the season progresses, but Garoppolo’s play will have a direct impact on how far they can go.


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