How Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers are preparing to deal with Superdome noise

How Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers are preparing to deal with Superdome noise

BRADENTON, Fla. — With 40-degree temperatures, pouring rain and a rabid fan base screaming at dangerous decibels, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers offense went to a silent count in Baltimore. 

Heading to New Orleans for Week 14 will be a little warmer, but it won’t get any easier for the offense to communicate in the Superdome. Saints fans are loud and are well known for forcing opposing offenses into committing false starts and delay of game penalties on a regular basis. Garoppolo and coach Kyle Shanahan’s preparation includes being ready for the hostile environment. 

“I think we have to know what we’re in for first,” Garoppolo said. “We’ve played there in the past and I’ve heard the loudness. It’s incredible. I think just practicing out here on the practice fields, clean communication between me and Kyle and then getting into the huddle and communicating it with the guys, it’s just about being clean with that. 

“The more reps we get at it, got a good test last week that will help us out this week and it’s about doing it right for longer.”

The 49ers regularly have music blasting during the non-teaching segments of practice and this week is no different. The sound system traveled to the IMG Academy where the team will practice all week. They hope to somewhat replicate the noise that the offense will have to deal with in New Orleans. 

“We’re trying to, yeah,” Garoppolo said. “I think they have it cranked up as loud as they can. It makes it difficult on us in the huddle, but that’s kind of what you want. You want to replicate that environment as best you can.”

Sunday’s matchup in New Orleans caps a three-game stint for the 49ers facing teams with the top records in the league. Experience with the atmosphere at a heightened level will help prepare the team going forward and potentially for the postseason. Because of his time with the Falcons in the NFC South, Shanahan is very familiar with the noise of the Superdome. 

“It’s as loud as it can be,” Shanahan said. “I think it was good for us to be in Baltimore the week before. I think that was the loudest stadium we’ve had to deal with so far this year. New Orleans will be the exact same, if not louder.”

There are very few members of the 49ers who have playoff experience. While trying to not look ahead too much, Garoppolo sees this as a chance to prepare them for what is to come.

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“Definitely, with a young team and everything and myself included, these big games, these big moments, it’ll only help us going forward,” Garoppolo said. “It’s just about stepping up in the right situation, the right crucial times and just making the plays that are there for you. 

“Not doing too much, not doing anything outside of your norm, but just being ready when your number’s called. We’ve had a couple of them this year, some big ones in some primetime games and things like that, but it’ll definitely help us going forward.”

How Jimmy Garoppolo's impact on 49ers' offense goes beyond numbers

How Jimmy Garoppolo's impact on 49ers' offense goes beyond numbers

Despite the 49ers finishing with a 13-3 record and advancing to Super Bowl LIV, few NFL pundits seem willing to give Jimmy Garoppolo any credit for the team’s success.

The quarterback needed just eight pass attempts to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, as San Francisco rode a dominant run game and suffocating defensive performance to a 37-20 victory.

Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t among the detractors and voiced his support for Jimmy G ahead of a Super Bowl showdown with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

“He carried this team in the middle of the season when they fell apart physically,” Cowherd said on "The Herd" this week. “I’m not a stat guy, I’m an eye guy. Watch the games.”

The success of the run game for the Niners this season didn’t necessitate a lot of pass-heavy games, but Garoppolo still finished eighth among qualified NFL quarterbacks in passer rating.

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When the 49ers have ended up in a shootout this year, Garoppolo has stepped up.

When they’ve needed him to just manage the game and make the occasional throw downfield, Garoppolo has stepped up.

No matter what the scenario, Garoppolo has delivered and this 49ers team wouldn't be anywhere near the Super Bowl without his steady leadership guiding the offense.

Jimmy G now has the chance to solidify himself among the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks when he and the Niners take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.