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.”

How adjusting Fred Warner's workload has unleashed his speed for 49ers

How adjusting Fred Warner's workload has unleashed his speed for 49ers

BRADENTON, Fla. — For the second time in as many months, a member of the 49ers has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.

Linebacker Fred Warner took home the title for November after Nick Bosa had the honor for October. During the month, Warner tallied 44 total tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. 

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh believes altering the linebacker’s responsibilities has given Warner an opportunity to play with more speed. 

“We’ve taken a lot off his plate so he can just go line up and play,” Saleh said Thursday. “Putting more of the onus on making sure that guys lineup and go play. We were playing some of those read-option teams, the Arizona teams, we’re asking him to make a lot of checks and see if he can get us in the perfect defense. 

“While he’s busy trying to do that, he’s not able to focus on his job. Even though he was getting everyone lined up and everything was perfect, it’s just not fair for him. So, to take a little bit off his plate so he can go ahead and go play, I think that’s really been the difference.”

Saleh is not alone in praising Warner. Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman also has been impressed with the young linebacker's work ethic and growth in his second season. The fact that Warner didn’t play inside until he was with the 49ers makes his accomplishments even more significant. 

“The inside linebacker already has so much on his plate,” Sherman said. “Being able to take some of that off—there was one game I think he had six calls in one play. Where if this guy moves here, he has to readjust the line. He has to tell the DBs this, he has to tell this guy this and sometimes that just doesn’t allow him to play fast.

“He’s getting everybody else lined up to play fast but he can’t play fast. He has to think about all these calls, all these adjustments. Maybe you put a little more strain on the rest of the guys. You spread out the strain and it allows him to play fast and for us to be a better defense.”

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Now in his second year, Warner sees things developing on the field more quickly. No matter the workload given to him by Saleh, the BYU product has been able to adjust.  

“I think as the year has gone on, he has kind of started to realize what’s too much, what’s too little,” Warner said. “I agree completely. Ever since kind of the midway point of the season, I think he has lined it up for me to just go out and play fast.”  

49ers' Richard Sherman, Dee Ford speak out on Tim Ryan's comments


49ers' Richard Sherman, Dee Ford speak out on Tim Ryan's comments

BRADENTON , Fla. -- Following radio broadcaster Tim Ryan's one-game suspension for his comments regarding Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, several 49ers players spoke out, believing there was no malicious intent behind what the analyst said. 

Known as being outspoken on most topics, Richard Sherman did not mince words about what Ryan said. He even mentioned that the commentator had personally apologized to several players while at the team hotel after the announcement of his suspension. 

“I know Tim personally, and I listened to the dialogue and saw it, read it,” Sherman said. “Honestly, I wasn’t as outraged as everybody else. I understand how it can be taken in a certain context and be offensive to some. 

“But if you’re saying, ‘Hey, this is a brown ball, they are wearing dark colors, and he has a brown arm,’ honestly sometimes we were having trouble seeing it on film. He’s making a play fake and sometimes he’s swinging his arm really fast and you’re like, does he have the ball? And you look up and [Mark] Ingram is running it.

“So it was technically a valid point but the way he said it, you can always phrase things better. I’ve had a relationship with him since I’ve gotten here and he’s never been anything other than a great guy and a professional and a guy who takes his job seriously.” 

Edge rusher Dee Ford expressed similar sentiments about Ryan’s comments, and confirmed that the two had spoken since the incident. 

“He walked up to me earlier and before he even said anything I told him. ‘I got your back.’” Ford said. “I already knew the story. The words kind of got taken out of context, and of course, now he knows he could have used better judgment with his words. But we got his back. I knew what he was trying to say. 

“This era we live in, it is just what it is, but I know him personally. I speak to him a lot. He loves to watch the D-line and there’s not one -- type of bone -- you know what bone I’m talking about, in his body. So I got his back, so put that to bed really fast.”  

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh also spoke about Ryan’s nature, not believing that there was negative intent behind his comments. 

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“I’ve always, as a human being, tried to judge people on how I interact with them,” Saleh said. “And I love the man. He’s a very genuine human being and he knows he made a mistake and he’s just trying to move this on as quickly as possible.” 

Dennis Brown will be on the call with Greg Papa during Ryan’s absence for Sunday’s matchup against the Saints in the Superdome.