Joe Montana: 'A Little Early' to Call Jimmy Garoppolo 49ers' Franchise QB

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 10, 2018

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana isn't ready to anoint quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the franchise's savior.

During a Tuesday appearance on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Montana said it's "still a little early" to expect Garoppolo will bring the 49ers back to the top of the NFL:

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the New England Patriots on Oct. 30. He took over as their starting quarterback for the final five weeks of the 2017 season, leading them to a 5-0 record and an average of 28.8 points per game. 

After that strong finish to end the year, Garoppolo was rewarded with a five-year contract extension worth $137.5 million in February. 

Between his four years with the Patriots and 49ers, Garoppolo has only appeared in 23 games with seven career starts. The 26-year-old completed 67.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and five interceptions for San Francisco last season. 

Garoppolo's presence has given 49ers fans hope that a return to the postseason will be possible in 2018. The team hasn't made the postseason since losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. 

 

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