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The legendary 49er reflected back on what Mike Shanahan told him prior to the 1992 season.

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We are all eager to see how San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will bounce back after a crushing Super Bowl loss.

Garoppolo has plenty of doubters, despite being 21-5 as an NFL starter, but he will be judged on championships, not regular season accomplishments going forward.

Former Niners QB Steve Young talked with The Athletic’s David Lombardi, and reflected on what current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s father Mike told him prior to his first full season as a starter in 1992:

“I remember (Kyle’s) dad said to me: ‘Steve, I’m going to be as aggressive as I possibly can, and I want you to protect me,’” Young said. “That, I think, is the statement Jimmy needs to look for, to get from Kyle: ‘Jimmy, I’m going to be as aggressive as I possibly can. I want you to protect me.’”

San Francisco didn’t need Garoppolo to be effective passing the ball when it demolished the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers with the run game in the playoffs. But, in the Super Bowl, Garoppolo failed to produce much through the air when the team needed him to in the fourth quarter when he went 3-for-11 for 36 yards, and a 2.8 passer rating.

I think Shanahan likes Garoppolo’s game, but doesn’t fully trust him yet. Shanahan’s passing play designs are among the best in the NFL, and we rarely saw Garoppolo have deep completions on contested passes last year.

Young had one more quote in the piece that stuck with me as well:

“When you get there and you don’t get it done, that’s — you don’t get it done, so you eat that,” Young said of Garoppolo in a phone interview last week. “And that has to be something that drives you forward.”

I am interested to see how Garoppolo responds to a devastating loss. With a full offseason to train and fine tune his game, I expect Garoppolo to come back hungry to get the job done.

Do you think Shanahan will open things up more for Garoppolo next season?


On to some more links:

What are the top plays in 49ers history? NBC Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco continues his rankings with Nos. 11 through 15.

The 2019 season was almost perfect for the Niners. The SF Chronicle has a cool visual essay using the best photos from last year’s games. *note, avoid the first 20 or so pictures in order to avoid getting upset.

Who will be the 49ers’ No. 2 receiver next season? Fansided’s Seth Hanson makes the case for Jalen Hurd.

Which former 49ers should be in the Hall of Fame? 12up Sports’ Michael Luciano gives his list of the top three Niners who deserve to be enshrined.

We are all hoping Jerick McKinnon will be healthy for all of the 2020 season. NBC Bay Area’s Jessics Kleinschmidt looks at how Jet’s footwork is still in fine form.