How is Garoppolo handling the ‘little things’ that went wrong?

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Complications arose one game into Jimmy Garoppolo’s strive for a perfect comeback.

Oh, his rebuilt knee is fine, aside from minor swelling he blamed more so on the 49ers flights than Sunday’s actual game in Tampa.

In that season debut, more passes than normal veered off target. He acknowledged so Wednesday and didn’t sound rattled by an imperfect return to NFL quarterbacking.

“Those are physical mistakes,” Garoppolo said. “There’s nothing mental about it. Little things.

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“You try to break it down as much as you can: ‘Was the defender in your face? Was it the pocket?’ Yeah, you’ve just got to make those throws.”

Garoppolo completed 18-of-27 throws for 166 yards, one touchdown and an interception that was returned for the Bucs’ first touchdown in an eventual 31-17 rout by the visiting 49ers.

A rusty return was the betting favorite after not playing since last Sept. 23. Expectations, his own and the 49ers, are of a gradual progression all season as he comes back from anterior cruciate ligament replacement.

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Next up is a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he’ll try rebounding from Sunday’s 80.2 passer rating that was the second-lowest in nine career starts for the 49ers, bettering only last season’s dreadful debut in Minnesota (45.1).

“I missed a couple throws I think I usually would have hit. That’s just part of it,” Garoppolo said of Sunday’s win in Tampa. “As the season goes on, just try to keep improving.”

They’re doing that this week by practicing in Youngstown, hometown of the York family that owns the 49ers and site of layovers in the 2011 and ’12 seasons between road games. (Garoppolo, by the way, spoke highly of not only how Youngstown State’s facilities are not your normal 1-AA flair but also the scrumptios local food, such as Tuesday’s cookies-and-cream-on-a-waffle-cone audible.)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs out of the pocket against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

When it comes to improving his receivers, Garoppolo publicly doesn’t ditch his calm demeanor to chew them out, a role that position coaches are employed to do. Some quarterbacks publicly will admonish receivers, but Garoppolo says: “There’s a time and place for that.”

Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne dropped challenging passes in the opener, and rookie Deebo Samuel drew coach Kyle Shanahan’s ire for not only a false start on a potential “explosive” play but also for fumbling to cost the 49ers a field-goal attempt.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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