In his first start with the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo showed a strong arm, quick release, accuracy, pocket awareness, mobility, and absence of panic. These things are not taught. These qualities are inherent.
The San Francisco 49ers beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle eric Branch following the game asked, “How good was Garoppolo?” He considers one play in particular for the answer. Wide Receiver Louis Murphy was sent a pass into a crowd of defenders and “emerged from a scrum with the ball” … Murphy explained what happened after Jimmy garoppolo flung a pass, off his back foot to effect a 16-yard completion under triple coverage on Murphy. The Soldier Field crowd was stunned, and the CBS Sports announcers were stunned. But Garoppolo didn’t appear stunned about the completed pass, even though he was flattened as he released it.
But the funniest part was Murphy’s explanation of player analysis from the field. Murphy revealed, “Even the dude that tackled me was like, ‘There’s no way you freakin’ caught that,’” And Murphy told the Bears defender, “Yeah, I did, bro.”
Garoppolo completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards with an early interception that was barely really an interception. The ball was plucked away from Murphy’s grasp in the first quarter as Murphy was on the ground or nearly on the ground.
There’s natural talent here. Consider he’s only had since Halloween to learn the 49ers playbook.
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