Quarterback injuries in 2022 are already rocking teams at the start of the NFL season.
However, the San Francisco 49ers are in limbo with their star QB injured.
In the second game of the season, quarterback Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury.
This now means that Jimmy Garoppolo is taking control again in San Francisco.
But with him on a one-year deal and Lance’s future health in doubt, the 49ers are in a bind.
So how can they clear up these questions at QB? Will the team be affected by the loss of Lance in 2022?
Garoppolo gives 49ers hope their season isn’t lost
While the 49ers began the NFL by giving up a road game to the Chicago Bears, Garoppolo helped them turn things around when he came off the bench.
After Lance’s injury, the veteran QB came in and took control of the offense, leading the team to victory.
However, it was the way his team supported him in victory that gave San Francisco hope.
So cool to see ❤️ pic.twitter.com/71fy9WinF6
— Jimmy Garoppolo Fan Club (@JimmyGFanClub) September 19, 2022
The team knows and trusts the veteran QB, which means the 49ers have nothing to worry about.
With that confidence Garoppolo gained over the years in San Francisco, he’s using it to propel his team to victory.
But can he continue his winning ways against tougher teams?
Garoppolo is a game manager when facing tough teams
Few quarterbacks in the NFL can handle their offense in the last two minutes like Garoppolo.
According to Pro Football Reference, he has posted 11 game-winning comebacks during his career, including one during the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers.
Jimmy Garoppolo has 11 game-winning runs
He got his first playoff GWD last week at Lambeau https://t.co/sauf0DRJdS
— Professional football reference (@pfref) January 31, 2022
Of those 11 teams he has managed winning series against, six of them were playoff teams.
With the veteran QB capable of taking down the NFL’s toughest teams, there’s little to worry about with him in charge.
However, there were times when he led a game-winning drive, only to be let down by his defense.
Just as predicted:
*Jimmy Garoppolo leads game-winning TD drive with 37 seconds remaining
* Defense massively stifles and abandons the game-winning FG to the Packers
* #49ers Fans clamor for Jimmy Garoppolo’s head
— Germinator (@johngermany) September 27, 2021
But with this season just beginning, we’re about to see if they can sustain any comebacks he leads.
While he can get the team to win, will those wins keep the 49ers quarterback in limbo after the season is over?
A Garoppolo playoff run puts a wrench in plans for Lance-led 49ers offense
It was clear the 49ers wanted Lance to lead their offense in 2022 and beyond.
However, if Garoppolo stages a playoff run with the team, he jeopardizes the plans for his young quarterback.
Could they get rid of the veteran QB in 2023 if he leads the team to the playoffs?
How can they validate giving the team back to Lance if their veteran QB is putting them in the playoffs?
That’s what puts the QB situation in San Francisco in limbo, as a good season corners the team.
They can’t get rid of their veteran QB if he gives them a playoff spot, as the fans won’t forgive them for this.
However, they can’t keep him and then bench him for Lance if he’s giving the fans what they want.
So until the season comes to a close, the 49ers’ future QB will remain in limbo.
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