It is badumed that fans of 2-10 football teams are not happy. The fans of 2-10 football teams are supposed to be rolling in the trash up to the ankle watching their morbid team stink at the joint week after week after week. Fans of 2-10 football teams are supposed to dream of an amorphous player to be called later while preparing fake drafts too early.
They're not San Francisco fans today. On Monday, Niners fans should wake up with a smile from ear to ear. Not because Kyle Shanahan's crew has won 15-14 as a visitor in Chicago. The future is much brighter than a week in early December 2017.
"We have a field marshal, huh?" Left tackle Joe Staley flashed after the victory, through San Jose Mercury News.
Yes, Joe, you do it.
Jimmy Garoppolo looked like a franchise quarterback in Sunday's victory. The 26-year-old singer showed athleticism, precise precision in the middle, sublime pocket movement, patience to read, arm strength to pbad through closed windows, and temper to lead a comeback in the fourth quarter.
Garoppolo justified all kind words about him during his more than three years in New England, and exemplified why Bill Belichick did almost everything he could to avoid pbading the young man who called the signal.
Jimmy G is the real deal.
"For me, it's like I really learned from Tom Brady," said running back Carlos Hyde. "That's what reminded me: just a young Tom Brady out there, how Brady is late in the game, where you give him 30 seconds to go, I can still win the game for his team."
Hyde is free to make a comparison of Brady about his new teammate. We will not jump to such levels of greatness after a start for San Francisco. But it is very difficult not to get dizzy when you see Garoppolo.
"Look at it, look at it," said recipient Marquise Goodwin, through the Sacramento Bee. "He has it all together, he came in a while ago and he's helping us turn this around, some people are just winners, and he's a winner."
The 49ers stayed with Garoppolo for a month after acquiring the Patriots' QB just before Halloween. Given the complex system of Shanahan, a porous offensive line and a gang of low-ranking receivers, the Niners did not want to throw Jimmy G into the fire immediately.
Patience was worth it on Sunday.
Garoppolo not only scored a victory in his first start for the Niners, he also showed the ability to raise the level of play of his teammate.
The quarterback hit eight receivers from different pbades as he threw for a personal record of 293 yards. Garoppolo hooked up with Goodwin for eight receptions and turned the Trent Taylor slot into a dangerous weapon in the open field (Taylor's comparisons with Wes Welker and Julian Edelman will be out of control shortly if this continues). Its quick release, pocket movement and the ability to maintain accuracy on different launch platforms helped compensate for imperfect locks.
Not everything was perfect, as the Niners continually got bogged down in the red zone and scored five field goals. Those failures, however, will change with more representatives and after San Francisco builds the list in the offseason. We do not need to criticize ourselves when success for San Francisco is more about progress than victories and defeats. Taking Jimmy G when they had the chance could be a franchise move.
The franchise quarterbacks complete pbades they are not supposed to do because they are smarter than defenders and have the talent to conjure a fleeting glimpse into reality.
Take, for example, Garppolo's riskiest shot of the day (not his first interception in his career, which was a fantastic release that Louis Murphy disappointed him). In the third quarter, losing by five points, first and 10 from his 25-yard line, Garoppolo played and turned to see Bears lineman Akiem Hicks running to his throat. Outside of his back foot, Garoppolo pushed a pbad through the seam to Murphy, who towed the ball for a first 16-yard attempt. Jimmy G crashed to the ground after being exploited in the work.
At the time, Andrew Catalon, a CBS player, called it a "dangerous pbad" that "seemed destined for an interception."
Was it a dangerous pbad? Not according to Garoppolo.
"He knew his route, he knew its depth and everything," the QB said of Murphy. "The linebacker had no vision of me, so I knew I was not going to play with the ball, and I had to keep it away from the safety and the other linebacker to come."
Franchise quarterbacks become dangerous in the routine.
The 49ers found their quarterback franchise. Now it's up to general manager John Lynch to make sure the future free agent stays at The Bay.