The San Francisco 49ers are having fun again thanks to the play of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The fourth year quarterback, who was acquired from the New England Patriots in a deadline trade for the 49ers second round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has led the team to four straight wins since he was named their starter.
4th NFC West
PTS YDS P YDS R YDS 19.8 341.7 242.2 99.5
Garoppolo and the 49ers showed they are ready to bang against the top teams in the league, defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the best defense in the league on Sunday. Thanks to their late season performance, the 49ers odds to win the Super Bowl next season will be very high.
Running back Carlos Hyde seems to share the sentiment because he told reporters after their win over the Jaguars that the 49ers are going to win the Super Bowl next season.
While Hyde’s comments will surely please the 49ers faithful, he might need to temper his expectations because an injury can easy derail their plans for next season. A good example are the Green Bay Packers, who came into the season with Super Bowl hopes only to see them dashed when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone.
If the 49ers manage to stay healthy next year, they will have a chance to compete in the Super Bowl because they already have a solid foundation, they will still have a top 10 pick in the draft, and have the most cap room in the NFL, which means they can make a splash in free agency and bring in players that can help them win now.
With Garoppolo, who is still undefeated as a starter, the 49ers have a franchise quarterback and don’t have to waste their first round pick on another quarterback. They also don’t have to throw money at Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was expected to be their top free agent target before the Garoppolo trade.
Based on the performances of both quarterbacks this year, the 49ers came out on top.
Another thing people are pointing out after Hyde’s Super Bowl comment is the fact that the 49ers are 5-10 this season.
Even though their record suggests they are still not close to competing for a Super Bowl, you have to consider the fact that they were very competitive in a lot of their losses this season, and were only blown out of four games, so this team could easily have 10 wins right now if they caught a few lucky breaks.
Also, the fact that the Los Angeles Rams went from a four-win team in 2016 to an 11 win team this year, shows that teams can quickly turn things around in the NFL these days, the real problem is maintaining the success.
Another thing the 49ers have going in their favor is the more they win with Garoppolo, the more enticing it will be for free agents to want to play for the franchise.
During their run of success during the Jim Harbaugh days, the 49ers had friction in the front office and messed up when they chose to go with Trent Baalke instead of Harbaugh. This time around, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan seem to get along well, which means the 49ers should be able to maintain their run of success for a while, which is bad news for the rest of the NFL.
2017 Team Statistics
Total First Downs
|78 - 193 - 25||1st Downs (Rush-Pass-By Penalty)||102 - 191 - 35|
|85/222||3rd Down Conversions||90/206|
|8/18||4th Down Conversions||9/11|
|5126||Total Offensive Yds||5374|
|995 - 5.2||Offense (Plays-Avg Yds)||1002 - 5.4|
|1493||Total Rushing Yds||1759|
|378 - 3.9||Rushing (Plays-Avg Yards)||465 - 3.8|
|3633||Total Passing Yds||3615|
|342 - 574 - 13 - 6.9||Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Avg)||324 - 510 - 10 - 7.4|
|13 - 13 - 0 - 1||(Rush-Pass-Ret-Def)||12 - 27 - 1 - 1|
|29:16||Time of Possession||31:54|
Will the 49ers begin the 2018 season as a contender? And which teams are still alive in the #NFLPLayoffs race?— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2017
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