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Ex-49ers Pro Bowl QB's advice to team on Jimmy Garoppolo's contract is...

Ex-49ers Pro Bowl QB's advice to team on Jimmy Garoppolo's contract is...

The 49ers could place the franchise tag on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the next two seasons for a deal that would amount to a two-year contract worth approximately $50 million.

But that is not nearly enough, former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia said on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

“I say you have to lock it in for five years and build around him and not even worry about it any more,” said Garcia, the last 49ers quarterback to earn Pro Bowl recognition.

The 49ers are 3-0 with Garoppolo as the starting quarterback entering Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s home finale at Levi’s Stadium.

“I think you see everything that you would hope for and probably more than what you expected,” Garcia said. “This young man is showcasing ability that can be locked in for a long time for this 49ers franchise.

“I’m mean, he’s not just getting lucky out there on the field. He is showcasing everything you want to see in a quarterback. And, plus, he has extra things that we have not seen, yet. He’s got the ability to extend plays. He’s got the ability to be athletic on the field. But he shows great pocket presence, great awareness, great timing. He’s flawless in his mechanics. So many things that you want to see in a quarterback, he brings to the table.”

Garoppolo has completed 79 of 115 pass attempts (68.7 percent) for 1,026 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions since coming to the 49ers in a midseason trade with the New England Patriots. His passer rating is 98.0. Garcia said Garoppolo has helped his teammates become more productive, too.

“He’s showcasing the leadership ability where the locker room gravitates toward him, supports him and they’ve shown they believe in him,” Garcia said. “Now, they’re raising the expectations in themselves because of what he brings to the table.”

The 49ers and Garoppolo's agent, Don Yee, are expected to enter into contract negotiations at the conclusion of the regular season. If the sides fail to reach a multi-year agreement, the 49ers would place the franchise tag on Garoppolo at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6.

Why Greg Cosell believes Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

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Why Greg Cosell believes Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

Greg Cosell, a senior producer at NFL Films, believes 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo “has a chance to be a top-level quarterback.” But there remains room for improvement from the player the 49ers awarded a franchise-record contract in the offseason.

Garoppolo has a quick release and can throw at a number of different arm angles to avoid oncoming pass-rushers. And while his accuracy underneath was unquestioned during his 5-0 run as the 49ers’ starter last season, most of the time, his deep throws did not reach the target.

Garoppolo completed just 4 of 16 attempts to targets 20 yards or more down the field last season for 134 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions, according to Pro Football Focus.

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During the offseason program, Garoppolo appeared to struggle on his deep throws, too. Cosell, a guest on the 49ers Insider Podcast, spoke about Garoppolo’s mechanics.

“Because he has very quick feet, I think people just assume he has great feet all the time when he delivers the ball,” Cosell said. “There’s a difference between having quick, athletic feet and having really good quarterback feet. And I think he needs to work on the quarterback feet part.

“I think guys who have that kind of snap delivery, sometimes they don’t step exactly to their throw and they throw a little bit off-balance, and that could really impact your accuracy to a significant degree. So my guess is those are the kinds of things they’ve worked on. Those are tweaks. I don’t think it will prevent him from being a really good player.”

Garoppolo appeared in six games with five starts last season after the 49ers acquired him for a second-round draft pick in a trade with the New England Patriots. Garoppolo completed 120 of 178 pass attempts (67.4 percent) for 1,580 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions.

Cosell said it is important for all quarterbacks to use consistent mechanics when making throws from a clean pocket.

“Think of a major league pitcher,” Cosell said. “They theoretically should throw the ball the same way every time. So should a quarterback unless the defense dictates otherwise. If the defense doesn’t dictate otherwise, the throws should look the same.”

Greg Cosell: Kyle Shanahan does one thing 'better than any coach in the NFL'

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Greg Cosell: Kyle Shanahan does one thing 'better than any coach in the NFL'

There is a lot of hope surrounding the 49ers entering the 2018 season.

Much of that is because of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Much of that also is because of Kyle Shanahan.

"Kyle is one of the most innovative and creative offensive minds in football," cornerback Richard Sherman said back in mid-March after he signed with the 49ers.

On the most recent episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell offered some high praise for San Francisco's head coach.

"When you look at a Kyle Shanahan offense, I think the thing that stands out the most -- that he does better than any coach in the NFL -- is the fusion between the run game and the pass game," Cosell said. "The run game and the pass game with their play-action concepts look exactly the same.

"And it's very, very difficult for defenses to differentiate the two very often until it's too late. And when you have a quarterback like Garoppolo -- who tends to be a quick decision-maker, a quick processor, he has a very quick compact delivery and then the ball gets out -- I think that just makes it even more difficult."

The 49ers won all five of Garoppolo's starts last season and put up 26, 25, 44 and 34 points in the last four games, respectively. Garoppolo was rewarded with a five-year, $137.5 million deal ($74.1 million guaranteed) -- which drastically increases the expectations.

Garoppolo and Shanahan could become one of the top head coach-quarterback duos for many years.

"When you talk to defensive coaches around the league, they will talk about Kyle Shanahan as one of the two or three of the best in the league when it comes to offensive design and game planning," Cosell added.