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Jimmy Garoppolo is really good

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The San Francisco 49ers starting QB has some great numbers and company to be in with his limited sample size.

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Now that we are a few days removed from the San Francisco 49ers 2017 season, it’s probably a good time to bring up some more awesomeness that is Jimmy Garoppolo. We’ve definitely seen this kind of optimism when Colin Kaepernick was making his first postseason run, but outside of his most rushing yards in a playoff game, we haven’t seen these kinds of numbers.

First, let’s look at his passing numbers. Combined in the first five starts of Joe Montana and Steve Young as 49ers, they racked up 1,479 passing yards combined. Garoppolo has 1,542 passing yards. Keep in mind, he didn’t have Jerry Rice to throw to either (whom Young did when he stepped in). He had to rely on Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin is definitely a crucial piece, but he’s not the No. 1 receiver Rice was.

If those numbers had been projected out over a full 16-game schedule, Garoppolo could have had around 4,500 yards at season’s end. Granted, a lot would have to work in his favor to achieve that number, but it was not out of the realm of impossible. Especially when he’s got Kyle Shanahan’s offense to work with. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan accumulated 4,944 yards in Shanahan’s final season with the Falcons (one that led a Super Bowl appearance). Note, that number does not count his playoff totals.

The other thing that needs to be brought up is Garoppolo’s win totals, or rather, his losses. The last time Garoppolo lost a game starting as a quarterback? 2013. December 14th, 2013 to be precise in the FCS quarterfinals.

Obviously we need to see how he does with a full season and when defenses get more and more tape on him. Last time fans got optimistic was when Colin Kaepernick came in to play a partial season. He unfortunately regressed as time went on.

For now though, the 49ers haven’t lost a game since December 3rd, and Garoppolo, now with a better five games than the two greatest quarterbacks to put on a 49ers uniform, hasn’t lost a game since 2013. Let the wild optimism continue!