San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expects Jimmy Garoppolo to be the team’s starting quarterback next season.
Garoppolo is on injured reserve with an ankle injury and the San Francisco QB’s future has been thrust into the spotlight amid criticism, while the 4-6 49ers struggle to reach the lofty heights of 2019.
The former New England Patriots quarterback, who led the 49ers to last season’s Super Bowl, has completed 94 of 140 passes for 1,096 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in six games this season.
Asked about Garoppolo, Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday: “I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year.
“I expect him to come and play with us this year. We have six games left, we are not out of the playoffs yet.
“I have been on a team that was 3-6 going into a bye week that ended up winning their division. I think we have guys on this team that are capable of finishing this the right way.
“We’ve got to do it one game at a time, and I hope Jimmy can be a part of that.
“But to think that we’ve made any decisions on anybody going into the future isn’t the case. Jimmy has won a lot of games for us. It’s a lot harder to win games when he’s not here. Just hoping we can get him back.”
Garoppolo – a two-time Super Bowl winner in New England – is 22-8 as a starter with the 49ers since joining from the Patriots in 2017, while he is 2-1 in the playoffs.
The 29-year-old has 659 completions for 8,042 yards, 51 touchdowns and 26 interceptions throughout his NFL career.
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