Week 18 overreactions: three reasons Jimmy Garoppolo likely won’t return

Longest regular season in NFL history is over. It’s just a memory.

New memories will form over the next month for some teams.

Through all the ups and downs, the 49ers are one of 14 teams still alive in what is shaping up to be a more balanced NFL playoffs than, perhaps, we’ve never seen before.

Let’s start this postseason edition of 49ers Overreactions:

Overreaction? Yes.

When the 49ers decided to keep Jimmy Garoppolo this season, the comparison they made was what the Kansas City Chiefs did in 2017 with Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes.

Smith started this season and Kansas City went 10-6 and qualified for the playoffs. He was traded to Washington after the season for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick.

Regardless of what happens from here, there are three main reasons why it is not advantageous for the 49ers to keep Garoppolo beyond this season:

1. After the 2022 season, they wouldn’t be able to trade him as his contract would expire.

2. The 49ers can invest the money saved from his $ 25 million salary for 2022 on players they want to keep as part of the team’s long-term strategy.

3. Based on how Trey Lance progresses over the season, he should be ready to take over in 2022, just like Mahomes did for Kansas City in 2018.

It seems like everyone on the team knows that’s it for Garoppolo, as Albert Breer reported in the MMQB. Garoppolo described a moment before Sunday’s game when full-back Kyle Juszczyk approached him in the dressing room.

Garoppolo said: “And we kissed, and he was like, ‘Man, I don’t want to get emotional or anything, but this is our last regular season game together. “”

Overreaction? Yes.

What ?

There is no scenario in the world in which winning a Super Bowl is a bad thing. It might even create a better business market for Garoppolo, which would be a win-win and benefit the organization in the future.

Overreaction? Yes.

We agree that two victories within the division are not the recipe for lasting success.

Now take a look at some of the players who have been acquired since the 2017 offseason: George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Trent Williams and Juszczyk. These players are some of the absolute best at their posts.

Then add more, like Elijah Mitchell, Brandon Aiyuk, DJ Jones, Dr. Greenlaw, Azeez Al-Shair, and, maybe, Ambry Thomas.

Remember: this organization went from a full and thorough rebuild to the Super Bowl in Year 3, and that’s impossible unless there have been a lot more homers than takedowns in the stick.

Overreaction? Yes.

The 49ers’ pass defense ranked sixth in the NFL, allowing just 206.5 yards per game. In the last three games of the regular season, the 49ers have allowed 175 passing yards per game. Enough said.

Overreaction? No.

The 49ers have a much better defense with linebacker Dre Greenlaw and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley on the pitch.

This was evident in how the 49ers kept the LA Rams’ powerful offense to just 265 yards of total offense in Week 18.

Excessive reactions? No.

Robert Saleh served as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator for four seasons before landing his head coach job last offseason with the New York Jets.

I don’t believe DeMeco Ryans will be hired in this coaching cycle, but I wouldn’t rule it out either. And that was something we certainly didn’t talk about after Saleh’s first or second season as the 49ers defensive coordinator.

Shanahan looks like someone who thought about what he would do if Ryans were one and only defensive coordinator for the 49ers.

“It’s a matter of time with him,” Shanahan said of Ryans who landed a head coaching job. “So if a team calls, they’ll get one, but I don’t want to lose it just yet. “

Overreaction? No.

Robbie Gould won the 49ers’ clutch in Week 18. He averaged 45.0 yards on two emergency punts in the second half after Mitch Wishnowsky was ruled out with a concussion. .

Wishnowsky has been mired in a major slump in the last five games of the regular season. He was getting worse with every game. His slowdown came just as he enjoyed two of his best games as a bettor in Weeks 12 and 13 against Minnesota and Seattle.

His kickoffs were even more disappointing than his punts. Looks like his leg is dead. Gould also takes care of the kick-off tasks.

Overreaction? No.

The 49ers travel to Dallas this weekend. It’s a game that can go both ways.

The 49ers have what it takes to beat any team in the playoffs. But it can also switch in the other direction. The 49ers can lose to any team in the playoffs, starting with that game against the Cowboys.

What the 49ers did against the Rams on Sunday will make them bounce back from the playoffs. They can’t spot a 17-point team and expect to improve.

They need to be more effective on offense, defense, and special teams to pull off any type of playoff run.

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