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Jimmy Garoppolo loved ‘freedom’ of 2022 49ers debut, compares to 2017 run

Jimmy G loved ‘freedom’ of 2022 debut, likes being more aggressive originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Through just over three quarters of football this past Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo was incredibly efficient after coming in for an injured Trey Lance.

Not only that, but the 49ers quarterback was tossing downfield passes reminiscent of his five-game run as starter to end San Francisco’s 2017 season.

Garoppolo’s sweet spot in years since has been mostly inside the numbers when he isn’t catering to the 49ers’ excellent run game, but even he said after Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks that it felt like déjà vu — and that he enjoyed it.

“It just felt good,” Garoppolo told reporters after his season debut. “We were talking earlier, it kind of felt like 2017 where you just go out throwing and make plays. That’s what I like to do. It’s different than what we usually do around here, but sometimes you need to do that.”

Just a few days later after practice on Thursday, Garoppolo explained further.

“I’d love that,” Garoppolo said when asked if he would like to push the ball downfield more often this season. “There’s a lot of things that go with that, obviously, but yea, I love doing that stuff. In ‘17, there was a freedom where me, the receivers, tight ends, we had a good chemistry going.

“And when you get that with offensive skills and a quarterback, it makes for a tough offense.”

When it comes to the numbers, they certainly tell a story with Garoppolo and the plays that have been called for him over the years. He averaged 8.3 intended air yards per passing attempt on Sunday, per Pro Football Reference, meaning that on average, his 21 passing attempts against the Seahawks traveled about eight yards.

In 2017, Garoppolo averaged 9.2 IAY/PA — for comparison, the quarterback at the top of the IAY/PA leaderboards last season was Russell Wilson (9.9). In 2021, Garoppolo finished the regular season with 7.4 IAY/PA, and in 2019, the year…

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Publish date : 2022-09-23 22:22:02

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