John Lynch, general manager of the 49ers, appeared on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday and discussed previous rumors that the team could replace starter Jimmy Garoppolo with Brady.
“When you talk about one of the greatest quarters of all time with Tom Brady, of course, you’re going to have an internal discussion,” said Lynch. “And then you hear rumors that he would like to go home, that sort of thing.
“So of course [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and I’m having discussions. We always want to improve, so you always look at everything, especially a situation like this. But in a day or two, Kyle and I looked at each other and said, “You know what, we really like what we have at Jimmy. We love everything it brings and we really think it’s a long-term answer. I would say that we are more than ever convinced of the identity of our quarterback to Jimmy Garoppolo. ”
Lynch added that he and Shanahan stayed in touch with Garoppolo while discussing Brady’s potential plans. Before Brady has signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers, many have speculated that he would like to return to his native California to end his NFL career.
Garoppolo spent his first three seasons in the NFL as a replacement for Brady before the Patriots traded him to San Francisco in 2017. Last season, Garoppolo threw 3,978 yards with a completion percentage of 69.1% in the regular season before leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
Despite criticism of Garoppolo’s performance at the end of the Super Bowl, the 49ers believe there is a lot to be built.
“Each time, he puts [misses] about himself, and that’s what gives us a lot of confidence, “said Lynch. “We think there are places in his game where he can improve and the great thing is that Jimmy kisses them, and we will try to make the most of him. And we think it has already been great, so I will stop there. We are more convinced than ever that he is our quarterback and that he leads this organization into the future. ”