The San Francisco 49ers fans wished the team traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before the season started, this could have got them into the this year NFL Playoffs.
2017 San Francisco 49ers
4th NFC West Division
Points For: 331 (20.7/g) 20th of 32
Points Against: 383 (23.9/g) 25th of 32
SRS: -2.85 (20th of 32), SOS: .40
Unfortunately, the 49ers will be watching the playoffs from home this year, but things aren’t so bad because Garoppolo’s performance in his five starts will make the 49ers odds for next season very favorable.
Since he was inserted into the lineup, Garoppolo has won five games as a 49er, and the team went from battling the Cleveland Browns for the number one pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to a team that’s a few pieces away from a championship.
The fans aren’t the only ones excited about the future of the team, left tackle Joe Staley told reporters after the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams that it was a shame the season had to end because he felt the team was trending in the right direction and could have made some noise in the playoffs.
Despite the season coming to an end, Staley said he is excited about what next season holds.
The 49ers finished the season as the hottest team in the NFL, winning five of their final six games, and they were also the only team to go undefeated in December. What made the season more impressive was the fact that they were the first team to win six games after starting the season 0-9. It’s even more impressive because the previous high for a team that started 0-9 was three wins.
Despite finishing the season on a high note, some fans are upset that the team didn’t tank the rest of the season to get the second pick in the draft. The problem with that is by deciding to tank, the team wouldn’t have played Garoppolo, and would likely have gone into the offseason still thinking they need a quarterback, essentially wasting a first round pick.
By playing Garoppolo, the 49ers now know they have a franchise quarterback, and can use their draft pick, which is still a top 10 pick, on a skill player that they need. The team can also decide to trade away the pick for more picks and use those picks to fix some of the holes on the team.
The good news for the 49ers and their fans is the rebuilding process they thought would take a while might not even take more than this past season, because the team now has a quarterback and they also know they aren’t that far off from competing with the best teams in the league.
With the team having the most cap space, they can make a splash in free agency and bring in a couple of receivers and also address the issues they have on defense.
If they spend smartly and get the right players, the 49ers will be one of the best teams in the country next season, and fans can stop thin king about rebuilding and focus on enjoying the ride as the team continues the quest for six rings, which was abandoned after they got rid of Jim Harbaugh.
When fans check the schedule for next season and see that their team plays the 49ers. pic.twitter.com/NCBZ0diBvb— Garoppolo Is Better (@HoneyBadger49er) January 3, 2018
Kinda want to buy season tickets for the next @49ers season 🤔😬— ish🚁 (@yoour_ex) January 4, 2018