Jimmy Garaoppolo has thrown eight interceptions during his NFL career. During 49ers training camp Wednesday, he nearly matched that number. The 27-year-old quarterback threw interceptions on FIVE consecutive plays while going up against a San Francisco defense that intercepted only TWO passes in ALL of 2018.
Take a deep breath, 49ers fans. It’s only August. None of this matters.
Because we don’t have actual football to obsess over right now, some might see a practice report like that and overreact. There’s no need to do that. At least not yet. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan certainly didn’t.
Via NBC Sports Bay Area:
“Sometimes it’s hard to make the right decisions when you’re fired up and competitive,” Shanahan said. “Usually, you make a bad play, it makes your mind go a little sideways.
“That’s why sometimes it is a good situation to put guys when that that does happen. You try to protect them in a game, but in practice it’s the exact opposite. When there’s an issue, you kind of poke at it a little bit more to see how guys react.”
It was an awful day for Garoppolo but this sort of thing happens to even the best quarterbacks. On Monday, Tom Brady had thrown four interceptions in Patriots practice by 10:26 A.M.
Hot start here for the Patriots’ DBs. They’ve already picked off Tom Brady four times, including back-to-back INTs in 7-on-7s.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 12, 2019
Patrick Mahomes was throwing training-camp interceptions at a high rate before his 2018 MVP campaign. Aaron Rodgers also threw a ton of interceptions early in training camp last year. As Rodgers explained in 2015, training camp is a good time to work on throws you might not make in the regular season.
“I threw five last year in the regular season, so I know how to play in those games,” Rodgers told the Journal Sentinel. “Practice is about — it’s different plays. The playbook is exponentially larger than the regular season, game-week plan. So we’re trying different things. There’s different guys out there running routes who might not be in there when it is the actual game time.
“So you make different throws, you’re working through different plays. Sometimes the defense makes the plays.”
Andy Reid said something similar last summer when asked about Mahomes’ training camp interceptions.
Here is the happenin’ Andy Reid quote on Mahomes’ training camp interceptions.
“If you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to go test it, you’re gonna be one of these quarterbacks that checks it down every time… and that’s not what it’s all about.” pic.twitter.com/sJTtkdM3JT
— TOM MARTIN (@TomKCTV5) August 2, 2018
In other words, never draw conclusions based on a QB’s practice stats.
By all accounts, Garoppolo has had a strong camp and, according to the Chronicle’s Eric Branch, hadn’t thrown more than one interception in any day of camp prior to Wednesday. So, no need to worry 49ers fans. Well, unless this carries over into games. …read more