Everyone seems to have an opinion about where Jimmy Garoppolo will head to this offseason. This includes former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier. During an interview this week, Shazier talked about who should replace Ben Roethlisberger and he sees the man in the Bay Area as a good replacement.
“I think somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo could really help,” Shazier said. “Personally, I don’t think we should draft a quarterback this year.”
Garoppolo has been the subject of trade rumors since the 49ers took Trey Lance third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft after trading up to reach the former North Dakota State quarterback. If the Steelers decided to go that route, it would most certainly cost them a first or second-round pick.
Shazier also said if he were the Steelers front office, he would not draft a quarterback this year.
While he led San Francisco to the NFC championship came, Jimmy G’s numbers throughout the season and in the postseason weren’t eye-popping in a league dominated by star quarterbacks.
Garoppolo arrived in San Francisco midway through the 2017 season and took over as the starter as he went 5-0 in his starts and completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Jimmy G followed that up by missing most of 2018 with a torn ACL before returning in 2019 to go 13-3, leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
In 2020, he missed games due to injuries as he appeared in just six contests. He returned as the starter in 2021 despite the selection of Lance. He threw 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions with 3,810 passing yards.
In the postseason, the 49ers won against both the Cowboys and Packers, but in those games, he completed just 17 of 44 passes for 303 yards with no touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Against the Rams in the NFC Championship game, Jimmy G went 16-for-30 with 232 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception.