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Jimmy Garoppolo not worried about stats as long as 49ers win games

Jimmy Garoppolo not worried about stats as long as 49ers win games

SANTA CLARA -- Jimmy Garoppolo believes the measure of his job performance is simple.

In his job title as 49ers quarterback, Garoppolo knows at the end of each week’s game whether he was success or not. If the 49ers won, he accomplished his goal.

The 49ers’ rank 22nd in the NFL at 227.2 passing yards per game. There is no arguing with the results, however, as the 49ers and New England Patriots are the only two unbeaten teams remaining in the NFL.

“I want to win. At the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. Just whatever it takes,” Garoppolo said earlier this week at the team's training facility.

“There are different ways to win in this league. Every game’s going to be different depending on what the defense does, what their offense does even and how it affects us. At the end of the day, it’s did you win or did you lose? That’s all I care about.”

Since he took over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback with five games remaining in the 2017 season, the club is 10-2 in games Garoppolo has started. He threw for 290 yards or more in four of his first five victories with the 49ers.

This season, two of the 49ers’ wins have come with Garoppolo passing for fewer than 200 yards.

In the 49ers’ 31-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns on last Monday, running backs Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman combined for 211 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers rushed for 275 yards, including the minus-3 yards for Garoppolo’s kneeldowns at the end.

Did someone say ... game manager?

“You don’t really go into the game thinking that way, but as the game develops, you kind of get a feel for it as it’s going,” Garoppolo said.

On Monday, the first indication the 49ers might be able to win with their defense and running game came in the opening minutes after the defense forced a punt and Breida ripped off an 83-yard touchdown run.

“That was kind of a tone-setter for the rest of the game,” Garoppolo said. “I think up front we just dominated them and the backs took care of the rest.”

The 49ers head into a key NFC West matchup on Sunday against the two-time defending division champion Los Angeles Rams. The club must make some adjustments on offense as versatile fullback Kyle Juszczyk is expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee sprain.

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The 49ers could put more on the plate of Garoppolo with the obvious loss to a key member of the team’s offense.

“Juice does so much for this offense,” Garoppolo said. “He does things that most fullbacks can’t do. He’s catching passes out of the backfield, diving for catches while also cutting a D-end on the backside. It’s little things like that. It’ll be important for us to get that with other people.”

Jimmy Garoppolo 'really good' but not elite, analyst Chris Simms says

Jimmy Garoppolo 'really good' but not elite, analyst Chris Simms says

Is your quarterback elite? Well, if you're a fan of the 49ers then no -- at least according to Chris Simms.

The NBC Sports football analyst couldn't confidently put Jimmy Garoppolo in the elite category, but still had plenty of praise toward him, especially knowing he plans on leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

"I think there's some quarterbacks in football right now: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, DeShaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes -- they kind of stand alone," Simms said.

After that handful of quarterbacks, Simms highlights a group of "good," a squad that he considers Jimmy G to be a part of. Plus, Garoppolo has a lot of "good" surrounding him.

The elite talents of tight end George Kittle are something that shouldn't be argued -- unless you're not sure if he's a decent blocker or not. Ahem, Doug Gottlieb.

"That's all you need to win a Super Bowl," Simms added.

The consensus around Jimmy G's eliteness is that he's not elite, but he's not bad, but he's good enough.

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Got all of that?

His throwing abilities have been talked about, but once again the word "elite" was not mentioned.

49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind

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49ers tackle Joe Staley doesn't have looming retirement on his mind

A lot of times for athletes, it's not up to them whether or not they want to retire -- it's up to their body. For 49ers tackle Joe Staley, it's really no different.

"I like to think that I can continue to play football for as long as they'll have me," Staley said in an interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "And that's my mindset. I've never thought about when an end is going to be."

The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco in June which ultimately means he could spend the entirety of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers. And while that seems like a long time, he's still soaking up the everyday grind of his job even with the setbacks he's faced this season.

"The challenges of this season have been different than seasons past," he said. "I love the adverse situations and you kind of learn a lot about yourself -- how you respond and challenge yourself daily with different goals ... "

Staley sustained a fractured left fibula earlier in the season during the Week 2 matchup against the Bengals and with a smile tried to remain positive but admitted: "it sucks." He was emotional after the injury but said that had a lot to do with how special the team was and the guys he was surrounded by.

Still, you can't fake the passion the six-time Pro Bowler brings to the 49ers and it appears you would have to pry the game away from his hands if you anticipate him hanging up his cleats any time soon.

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"That love for the game is still there, burning," Staley said.

He finished the statement saying he doesn't have an honest answer as to just how much football is left in his body, but it's not something he's concentrating on at the moment.