Jimmy Garoppolo channeled his NFL upbringing with Tom Brady for what’s about to unfold in the 49ers’ quarterback room with Trey Lance’s arrival.
“What I can do to help him, I’ll be more than happy,” Garoppolo said Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio.
Garoppolo, in his first public comments, sounded intent on retaining the starting role but willing to mentor Lance, Thursday’s No. 3 overall draft pick.
“Tom kind of showed me the ropes,” Garoppolo added on the Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin show. “The competition between us was awesome. It really made me grow as a rookie and young player.
“That’s kind of what me and Trey will (do). We’ll mold our relationship into that. But it will happen naturally. Can’t force anything. Let it come as it may.”
Garoppolo appeared on multiple radio shows alongside his father, Tony, reprising a role from past offseasons in which they promote skilled labor workers like plumbers and electricians, the latter of which Tony Garoppolo was for 40 years.
Sure enough, Tony Garoppolo put into blue-collar perspective how his son should approach working with Lance.
“I have my feelings who’s the better quarterback. I mean, that’s my son,” Tony Garoppolo said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show with Damon Amendolara. “But it’s competition, just like in the workforce with these kids signing today” as part of SKILLS USA and Klein Tools’ national signing day event.
“No one’s handing them anything,” the elder Garoppolo said. “No one’s handing Jimmy anything, Trey’s not getting handed anything. They’re going to have to compete. Like you do every day at work, you have to compete. That’s how life is.”
Jimmy Garoppolo voiced no complaints about his life in what were his first comments since the day after last season ended. He spoke, instead, about seizing his opportunity to remain the 49ers’ starter, a role that coach Kyle Shanahan said indeed remains Garoppolo’s until Lance is ready to compete.
Garoppolo welcomed Lance from the start on draft day, sending him a congratulatory text that Lance said he was super grateful and thankful to receive.
Garoppolo commended general manager John Lynch for an open line of communication — something that hasn’t happened in Green Bay where Aaron Rodgers became extremely disgruntled with last year’s first-round selection of his potential successor, Jordan Love.
As Lynch and Shanahan have said since trading up March 26 for the No. 3 draft spot, they’ve kept Garoppolo in communication, though they didn’t share who’d be Garoppolo’s rookie apprentice.
“You know, John’s been really cool throughout this whole process. As far as a GM goes, he’s a straight-forward and an overall good person,” Garoppolo said. “You’ve got to appreciate him for that.
“Throughout the whole thing, it could have got a little fishy here and there, but he was very straightforward the whole time and I appreciate him for that.”
As much as the 49ers have pledged admiration for Garoppolo’s winning ways (22-8 as their regular-season starter), injuries have kept him from 23 of 48 starts since 2018, prompting their draft move for Lance.
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