Any New England Patriots fan will tell you that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did very serviceable things while in Foxboro.
While Tom Brady was unjustly suspended to start the 2016 season, the now-San Francisco 49ers signal caller was outstanding in a game and a half before injuring his shoulder.
In 2017, the free agent to be was traded to the Bay Area, a move some Pats fans were not happy with. Garoppolo was just as good with the 49ers, leading the team to five straight wins to end the season.
One of my buddies is a 49ers fan, and bodly predicts a Super Bowl run in the Bay Area this season.
Pump the brakes a bit.
Does Jimmy G have some talent? Of course. Is five straight wins a great accomplishment? Sure.
But let's remember those wins came against terrible Chicago and Houston clubs, and Jacksonville and Los Angeles Rams teams that had nothing to play for in the closing weeks of the season.
My buddy's bold prediction gave me flashbacks a decade old, when Matt Cassel was shipped to the Kansas City Chiefs after leading the 2008 Pats to an 11-5 record while Brady was out with a knee injury.
Chiefs fans were foaming at the mouth, dreaming of success unseen in KC since the days of Len Dawson, Hank Stram and "64 toss-power trap."
But, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk were not walking through that door for Cassel in Kansas City. He led the Chiefs to a division title, but bowed out in the playoffs to Baltimore. Cassel currently backs up Matthew Stafford in Detroit.
Like Cassel, Jimmy G had talented coaches and players around to hold his hand in Foxboro. Sorry Niners fans, but Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, Chris Hogan, Martellus Bennett and James White won't be walking into Levi's Stadium this week. Neither will Josh McDaniels and LeGarrette Blount.
Garoppolo was kept in San Francisco with a huge contract. The pressure is on. Coaches have film on him now. The 49ers are the third best team in the NFC West, and an 8-8 season might be a realistic goal. The Los Angeles Rams are the clear class of the NFC West, and as long as Seattle still as Russell Wilson, the Seahawks can still win 10 games and slip into the playoffs.
I know you miss your long-deceased dynasty, 49ers fans, but don't proclaim Garoppolo the next Brady or Joe Montana just yet.