Richard Sherman is a loyal man who is always going to have his teammates back. The now 34-year-old corner was a key part of the 49ers’ 2019 season, being selected to the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro as the Niners fell just short in the end.
Sherman is currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, although he’ll be missing the playoffs and on injured reserve. In the meantime, he has a major issue with the 49ers fan base. In Wednesday’s episode on The Richard Sherman Podcast, the topic of Garoppolo and the 49ers came up and Sherman dropped his stance on the team’s current QB situation.
“I definitely do, I think he should be the starter again [next year],” Sherman said. “People forget that [Green Bay Packers quarterback] Aaron [Rodgers] didn’t start his first year, didn’t start his second year. They’re so ready to rush [Trey Lance] in there and they’re rushing him in there with expectations. That’s the hardest thing to do.”
Sherman added that the franchise should stick with Jimmy G due to his ability to consistently win games and the familiarity he has in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“Everyone’s like, ‘Well look what [Buffalo Bills quarterback] Josh Allen did?’ Well, it’s like, Josh Allen’s first couple years, he wasn’t this Josh Allen. And then it’s like, look at [Kansas City Chiefs quarterback] Patrick Mahomes? Yeah but Patrick Mahomes had his growing pains as well and it’s cool what he’s doing, but if you send [Lance] in with those expectations you have nothing but disappointment.”
The 49ers have been widely rumored to be eyeing Lance as the starter for 2022.
Trey Lance completed 16 of 23 pass attempts for 249 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 116.0 in his second career start against the Houston Texans in Week 17. He also added eight carries for 31 yards on the ground. He has passed for 603 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions through six game appearances and two starts this season.
Jimmy Garoppolo is coming off a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round where he completed 16-of-26 passes for 172 yards and an interception.
In 15 games, Garoppolo led San Francisco to a 9-6 record, throwing for 3,810 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. If this is truly his last season with the team, he put up some good numbers and a playoff win to secure a nice contract.