It was only one pass, but Jimmy Garoppolo’s overthrow of Emmanuel Sanders late in Super Bowl LIV has sparked a debate that has been raging on 49ers Twitter and elsewhere for months. Can Jimmy G. throw the ball deep? If San Francisco is going to beat the Seahawks on Sunday, he may have to do just that.
Through six games, the Seahawks have allowed more yards than any other team in the history of the NFL. That is not exaggeration, that is a cold, hard fact, and it is not in dispute. The vast majority of those yards have been through the air, and deep down the field. Unfortunately for the Niners, neither of those areas are where Garoppolo has excelled throughout his career. Yesterday, he was asked if he’s still confident he can be effective deep.
“I’m always confident in that. I think that’s one thing that we do really well. Whether it’s running, passing, whatever it is. With this offense it’s kind of pick-your-poison. We’ve done it a number of ways last season and this season. It’s really just about seeing what the defense is doing and being able to adjust during the game.”
With the running backs depleted and Deebo Samuel out of action as well, if number ten can’t hit on some long plays down the field, he’ll be the one in deep.
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