Steve Young Takes Shot at Jimmy Garoppolo

David Kaestle
Jimmy G throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jimmy G throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

The 2020 season has been a rough one for both the 49ers and their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The team overall has sustained probably more significant injuries than any other team in the league. Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas are both done for the season. And as of Monday, star tight end George Kittle is effectively done for the year as well after breaking a bone in his foot.

Jimmy G has suffered his own set of injuries as well. Already missing a couple of weeks due to an ankle injury, Garoppolo re-injured himself in Week 8 and is now set to miss an extended period of time.

Taking all of this into consideration, coupled with Jimmy G's poor play when he has been on the field, and legendary former 49ers quarterback Steve Young thinks the writing might already be on the wall for a quarterback change in the bay area next season.

“This looks like a disastrous year. It creates a focus on the one question that you had about the 49ers coming into this year — can we get to a place where Kyle Shanahan, this innovative offensive coordinator, one of the best head coaches in the league, can find a quarterback that he can trust and just be expansive with, rather than protect. I think that’s been the issue with Jimmy, and I think that 25 million dollars and a shrinking salary cap, with this injury, I just don’t know how Jimmy ends up being the quarterback for the 49ers next year.

Steve Young on "Monday Night Countdown"

That criticism clearly indicates Young believes the problem is deeper than just injuries. The 49ers shelled out a ton of money for Garoppolo, who at the time was largely unproven as an NFL starter.

And Jimmy G hasn't exactly lit it up, even at his best, since inking that deal. Given his contract and the looming cap situation next season, finding a suitor for Garoppolo and a new quarterback is going to be a tall task, but John Lynch and Shanahan have been fantastic at building a roster to this point, so counting them out would be naive at this stage if that's the route they choose to go.

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