Fans will always love Power Rankings. Peter King—who writes MMQB— released his power rankings in this weeks version of MMQB. King had the San Francisco 49ers seventh overall. The Niners finished with the third best record in the NFC. Here’s what he had to say:
7. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-12)
Here’s my big surprise. Only I don’t see it that way. In 2017 and 2018, the Niners were 6-2 when Jimmy Garoppolo started and 4-18 when he didn’t. In his fateful last start, when he ran left and tore his ACL at Kansas City, these were the last four drives he executed that afternoon, going head to head with Patrick Mahomes at rabid Arrowhead: 54 yards to a field goal, 87 yards to a touchdown, 77 yards to a touchdown, 58 yards to a field goal. In his 10 NFL starts, he’s a 66-percent passer. I have no problem making two statements: I think the 49ers are a playoff team if Garappolo plays a full season. And I think Garoppolo will be seen as a top 10 NFL quarterback if he plays a full season this year. Still, the fact that he hasn’t done it leaves the question in everyone’s mind: The kid’s started only 10 games in five NFL seasons, he’s been rewarded ridiculously for what the Niners expect him to do … and now, can he do it? The future of so many people in San Francisco—including joined-at-the-hip coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch—are riding on Garoppolo’s right arm. And his health. I’m fine gambling on him.
Jimmy G finds ways to win. King argues that because Garoppolo has consistently won as the 49ers QB when healthy, you can expect a winning record in 2019 provided that he is starting 16 games.
That’s much pressure to put on Garoppolo. It’s assuming health for the 49ers during 2019. That’s something that hasn’t happened under Kyle Shanahan. Nothing wrong with gambling on Garoppolo, but how about the entire team?
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