Just How Good Was Jimmy Garoppolo?

While some NFL cities are getting ready for the first round of the playoffs, San Francisco is going to sit this one out, as the 49ers fell well short of qualifying. Many in San Francisco are turning their attention to NBA basketball and our spectacular Golden State Warriors. But before we close the chapter on this year’s 49er season, let’s take one last look at their new quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Just how good was he?

Matt Maiocco with Sports Bay Area did some statistical analysis. During the five games that Jimmy started, the 49ers went from one of the league’s worst performing teams to one of its best, if not the very best, in many categories. It was an unbelievable, and breathtaking, turn-around.

Here is an excerpt from Maiocco’s report:

The 49ers’ season on offense can be divided into two distinct time periods: Before and after Jimmy Garoppolo became the team’s starting quarterback.

Here are the improvements that were made in key statistical areas on offense over the final five games of the season, coinciding with Garoppolo’s appearance in the 49ers’ starting lineup. . .

YARDS PER GAME
Before Garoppolo: 321.7 (21st in NFL)
After Garoppolo: 410.0 (1st in NFL*)

NET PASSING PER GAME
Before Garoppolo: 221.8 (17th in NFL)
After Garoppolo: 297.0 (1st in NFL*)

THIRD DOWNS
Before Garoppolo: 34.1 percent (26th in NFL)
After Garoppolo: 50.0 percent (1st in NFL*)

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
Before Garoppolo: 56.6 percent (31st in NFL)
After Garoppolo: 67.0 percent (3rd in NFL*)

TIME OF POSSESSION
Before Garoppolo: 27:36 (31st in NFL)
After Garoppolo: 32:54 (1st in NFL*)

POINTS PER GAME
Before Garoppolo: 17.0 (28th in NFL)
After Garoppolo: 28.8 (2nd in NFL*)

*-NFL rank projected over the entire season

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