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How Jimmy Garoppolo’s backup idea shocked Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch recalls

The idea to keep Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers’ backup quarterback was first conceived by John Lynch. When he suggested it, Kyle coach Shanahan couldn’t believe what he just heard.

Lynch attended Murph & Mack at KNBR 680 Friday morning and recalled a conversation with Shanahan where the idea first came about.

“I don’t like sitting around all the time, so I like to walk around the building and see how everyone is doing. Most of the time it’s Kyle.” It’s a way of talking about teams and just being around each other…in that room?”

Lynch explained his interactions with Shanahan. At first, Shanahan was taken aback by the mere idea of ​​keeping Garoppolo as a backup.

“I remember just looking at him and being like, ‘Well, I can…’

“And he says: ‘What…?’

“And I say: ‘Look, I could have Jimmy.'”

And he said, ‘How? No way, he wouldn’t.

And I said: “Well, we don’t know. I’m shocked and haven’t gotten a call. Who knows? Let’s marinate on that.”

After Shanahan pondered the idea, the 49ers coach changed his tune the next day. After passing the idea to Garoppolo and his representatives, both parties were willing to make something work if outside opportunities did not materialize after his third and final game of preseason.

“[Kyle] I thought it was crazy, but the next day I came back and said, ‘You know what, you’re right. ‘ And I said: ‘Well, you see Jimmy a lot. He’s part of our roster, so no tampering or anything like that. “And I think he did at that point. It opens up the perfect scenario, but if it doesn’t, it’s not a bad idea. I don’t know when that was, but it was probably a month ago.”

“And so it went, and they were very clear about their intentions … I remember [Garoppolo’s agent Don Yee] “Hey, if this were your son, I would advise him to do the same. Wait until the last game of preseason and then make those decisions.” It’s going to be a thing, or there was a discussion about all of that and the parameters there, and it happened very quickly. “

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From there, the rest was history.

No one, not even Lynch and Shanahan, initially thought Garoppolo would be on the roster for Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, but lo and behold, the 49ers are the best backup quarterback, if not the best, in the NFL. have one person

The ones they hope never have to use.

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