SANTA CLARA — Two practices into his reprisal as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo took to the media podium Thursday and covered a slew of topics. Here are the top-five items he discussed:
1. On entering Sunday’s win once Trey Lance sustained a fractured ankle:
“I’ve never been a backup and had a starter get hurt like that. It was a different experience but something you take in stride. Trey’s our brother. We talked to him the other day, and he seems to be in good spirits right now.
“I heard (Nick) Bosa’s presser (after Sunday’s win) and he worded it pretty well: There is a moment you feel your life is over and you feel, ‘I can never get back to where I was.’ But that passes. You have to hit a point where it does pass and you mentally move on from that.
“There will be hurdles to overcome. I’ve been around Trey a couple of years. He’s a tough dude. He’ll be alright.
“He’s already been in a couple of meetings with us through Zoom. Whatever you can do mentally. Physically it’s tough right now, but he’ll get back.”
2. On recapturing the 2017 feeling of pushing the ball down field:
“I love that. There’s a lot that go with that, obviously, but I love doing that stuff. In ’17, there was a freedom, where me, the receivers, tight ends, we had a good chemistry going. When you get that with offensive skills and a quarterback, it makes for a tough offense.
“… In ’17 I was learning the offense. Kyle called plays and I wouldn’t know exactly how to read it, but you figured it out as you went. The more and more you learn of the offense, I start to figure out what Kyle’s thinking, and vice versa.”
On if that freedom will continue this season:
“I don’t know. That’s a fair question. We’ll see that as we go forward. The more freedom you have as a quarterback, you play better, you’re more confident, and good things will happen.”
3. On his relationship with first-year quarterbacks coach Brian Griese:
“I met him last year. He was calling one of our games and we talked the day before. It was eally cool. Having been with him now a month or so, it’s reqally cool. He sees the game as a quarterback. He sees the game similarly and it’s nice to have him in the room.
“It’s tough to coach a quarterback. You’ve got to see it the same way as him, which a lot of guys think they do, but they don’t, maybe. He has the experience being on the field, being in those moments. It’s nice to have a guy like that around.”
4. On the Denver Broncos, Sunday’s hosts:
“They’re very physical up front. We know a couple of players – D.J. (Jones) and K’Waun (Williams); great playters. It goes across the board. They chase the ball. It will be tough but a good test.”
On Russell Wilson: “Tremendous player. Just a freak athlete, makes plays that shouldn’t be made. But he does it. He has the unique ability to extend the plays. I haven’t really had much time to meet him off the field. On the field, the dude is as competitive as it gets, and it’s fun to go against him, as weird as that is.”
5. On other quirks about resuming his starting job:
On his cadence and coaching or if it’s family: “I was going to say I grew up in an Italian family, man. Literally, after games, it’s tough to talk, because my voice is tired and everyone else is screaming. That’s just normal conversations. It’s a perk of being Italian, I guess.”
On weirdness after a break: “Yeah a long break. No OTAs, no camp. It was a different type of year. I’ve been some weird situations here, obviously. This one had some good and bad. The shoulder feels good, and that’s No. 1. Once I physically felt better, the rest fell into play, I guess.”
On Shanaahn telling him they were moving on and how that impacts his play: “It lights a fire under you, I’ll tell you that. As a competitor, whenever your told something like that, it’ll get you going. I have plenty of motivation. I don’t need that to motivate me. But it helps.”
On chemistry with new receivers: “Been awesome. There are some new players. I’m not trying to pump anyone up too much, but some of those guys can fly. Ray-Ray can move, Danny can move. There’s a lot of speed out there. The chemistry is coming and it will only get better.”
On seems like old times with Kittle: “It’s getting there. It’s getting there.”
On what he said upon entering huddle Sunday: “I lot gets said out there. We were fired up. It was third down, so the brain was going in that direction, thinking about coverages, what they were going to do. Then I got smoked. So, the rest is history.”Related Articles
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