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Tim Hasselbeck on K&C expresses doubt about Jimmy Garoppolo

Alex Reimer
January 02, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Tim Hasselbeck is not ready to call Jimmy Garoppolo great just yet. 

In his weekly interview Tuesday on “Kirk & Callahan,” the NFL analyst gave Garoppolo credit for his 5-0 start in San Francisco. But Hasselbeck also thinks a lot of credit must go to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who’s calling plays designed to protect Garoppolo. 

“Part of what you have to understand with what's going on there is Kyle Shanahan is a really good play-caller, and does a good job designing some of these shot plays to get these guys wide open,” Hasselbeck explained. “On throws of 15 yards or more down the field or 20 yards or more down the field, it's not real impressive for Garoppolo. I think if you look at some of the things that they will do offensively there, it's going to be important to be good at that stuff. If you go back to Matt Ryan one year ago, he made a ton of hay checking the ball down to the back –– three-yard throw and then a ton of catch-and-runs. But they also did a good job on some of these shot plays designed to get Julio (Jones) some opportunities one-on-one down the field. And Matt Ryan is pretty accurate with it. It's yet to be determined in terms of Garoppolo with that stuff. Do I think he can? Absolutely. I just know that there seems to be this remorse in Patriot Land about Garoppolo being gone.”

The remorse in New England over Garoppolo’s departure reached an apex last week, after the quarterback had led the 49ers to a win over the stout Jaguars defense. In five starts with the 49ers, Garoppolo posted a QB rating of 96. It seems certain they’ll re-sign him to a nine-figure deal this offseason.

Still, Hasselbeck wants to see more.

“The rest of the league didn't know about Garoppolo,” he said. “I’ve said this before: there's a reason (the Patriots) didn't get a first-and a fourth-round pick. There's a reason Cleveland wasn't going crazy and all of these other quarterback-needy teams weren't going crazy for him.”

Even before Garoppolo went on his run in San Francisco, it seemed as if the Patriots sold low. That’s especially the case today, with the second-round pick now being slotted closer to the middle of the round than the beginning. 

But Hasselbeck insists the Patriots received fair value, because there didn’t appear to be a lot of other interest.

“At the time, you thought San Francisco was going to be 34th, so for New England, it felt like a first-round pick,” Hasselbeck said. “So you're getting a fringe first-round pick for a guy who, let's be honest, was kind of in the mix in san Francisco, but so was Kirk Cousins. It's not like everybody and their brother was like, 'Let's give you the kitchen sink for Jimmy Garoppolo.' That wasn't the case.” 

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