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49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo absurdly ranked behind Jared Goff in QB survey

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo absurdly ranked behind Jared Goff in QB survey

If you're continually mystified as to how superior quarterbacks often get drafted behind ones who turn out to be obviously worse, look no further than The Athletic's recent QB tier survey.

Mitch Trubisky was taken ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in 2017. Four quarterbacks were selected ahead of Lamar Jackson the following year. Russell Wilson was the sixth QB taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, well behind flameouts like Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler.

Yes, quarterback evaluation is by no means an exact science, but just based on that list, it's quite obvious evaluators have not adequately adjusted to the modern game.

That might explain why the 50 NFL coaches and evaluators -- many of whom were guilty of those exact errors -- ridiculously ranked 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo where they did.

It's not so much the Tier 3 ranking that is absurd; it's the company he was placed with -- and ranked behind.

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Garoppolo was ranked as the 17th-best QB in the survey, which is filled with ignorant criticisms that don't line up with reality.

"Can he strap it on his back and win it if he has to? I don’t know if he is that, either," said one rival NFC West coach.

I'm guessing that person isn't a coach for the Arizona Cardinals, who lost two close games to San Francisco last year in large part to Garoppolo's ability to pick the defense apart with his arm. Over the two games -- which essentially were decided by a combined six points -- Jimmy G threw for 741 yards and eight touchdowns.

Not satisfied? Throw on the tape of the game in New Orleans, where Garoppolo went head-to-head with Drew Brees (ranked in Tier 1) and the Saints in arguably the toughest road environment in the league and threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns with a passer rating of 131.7 in a 48-46 shootout win. That victory ultimately gave the 49ers home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

"He does some good things with a good cast," remarked one executive. "You worry about the deep ball, the consistent accuracy, but he’s not bad."

Let's go to the stats, shall we?

Garoppolo literally was the most accurate deep-ball passer in the NFL last season. His completion percentage (69.1 percent) was tied for fourth-best in the league, and of the QBs that completed a higher rate, only one played all 16 games and attempted more passes.

Also, it's interesting that Garoppolo's supporting cast is held against him, whereas QBs on other great teams aren't similarly downgraded.

Jimmy G was just ranked as the No. 43 overall player in the NFL by his peers. Ranking him as the 17th-best quarterback just goes to show how disconnected many evaluators are from the reality of what takes place on the field.

Of all the slander thrown Garoppolo's way in that survey, however, the most egregious example by far is the collection of inferior QBs included in his same tier, and in one particular case, ranked ahead of him.

Here are some names those same evaluators included in Tier 3 (in order): Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones and Nick Foles.

Granted, Jimmy G is ranked above all of them within the tier, but to place him within that same grouping is quite insulting.

Not as insulting, however, as being ranked behind Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

Yes, you read that correctly. 50 NFL coaches and evaluators combined to rank Goff ahead of Jimmy G.

The only logical explanation is that they got confused by the initials, because there is nothing you could point to from last season that suggests Goff is in the same neighborhood as Garoppolo, much less superior to him.

Completion percentage. Yards per completion. Touchdowns. Interceptions. Quarterback rating. Garoppolo was better than Goff in every single one of those categories last season, and in several cases, not by a slim margin. Experience doesn't work in Goff's favor, either, as he has started more than twice as many games as Jimmy G has throughout their respective careers.

[RELATED: Sherman expects Jimmy G to be Pro Bowl QB in 2020 season]

Ultimately, it doesn't matter where Garoppolo was ranked within his position by those coaches and evaluators. The guy who went 13-3 last season and has a 21-5 record as a starter likely will keep on doing what he does best: Win.

And, if those coaches and evaluators continue to neglect what makes him a very good quarterback, he's more likely to continue stacking up victories.

Why Bears-Lions Thanksgiving game has big implications for Raiders

Why Bears-Lions Thanksgiving game has big implications for Raiders

One week ago, it looked like the Raiders could be on the path to the best of both world's path.

Winners of three straight, the Silver and Black were sitting at 6-4 and looked to be in prime position to grab a playoff spot in the AFC. Meanwhile, the Bears, whose first-round draft pick the Raiders own, were at 4-6 after benching quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in a loss to the Rams.

The Raiders had dreams securing a playoff berth and a top-10 pick in the same season, a feat rarely seen. 

But a lot can change in a week.

The Raiders went to New York in Week 12 and got rolled by the Jets, 34-3, knocking them back outside the playoff picture. The Bears rebounded from their loss to the Rams by beating the Giants to move to 5-6 and into the No. 14 slot in the draft.

Now, the Bears head to Detroit to face the Lions for the opening game of the NFL's Thanksgiving Day tripleheader. Chicago beat the Lions two weeks ago in backup quarterback Jeff Driskel's first start since the injury to Matthew Stafford. Driskel has lost three games in a row, the latest a 19-16 defeat to Washington, and also is banged up, meaning third-string QB David Blough will start. 

While Raiders fans are preparing their Thanksgiving dinners and dreaming of upsetting the Chiefs on Sunday to jump into a tie for first in the AFC West, they should watch the Bears and Lions duel and become honorary Detroiters for the morning. A Bears win Thursday would make them 6-6 and almost certainly secure a spot outside the top 10 with the Bengals, Dolphins, Washington, Giants, Cardinals, Broncos, Lions, Falcons, Bucs, Jags and Jets all entering the week with four or fewer wins.

A loss Thursday would seemingly send the Bears hurdling toward 5-11, with games against the Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs and Vikings remaining. That has a lot greater chance of landing in the backend of the top 10 than a record of 6-10 would.

[RELATED: Turnovers will be key to Raiders upsetting Chiefs]

So, if Raiders fans have dreams of CeeDee Lamb, Isaiah Simmons and the like, a Bears loss to the Lions is a necessity.

A Trubisky vs. Blough showdown isn't the most appetizing matchup, but there is something at stake for the Raiders. Another L for the Bears would make the Silver and Black extra thankful for the blessings from the football gods.

NFL rumors: Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky unlikely to face Raiders in London

NFL rumors: Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky unlikely to face Raiders in London

The Raiders will head to London to take on the Bears with some confidence after a 31-24 victory over the Colts in Week 4. It appears that confidence could grow.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the initial MRI on Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky revealed he has dislocated his left shoulder with a slight labrum tear:

The good news for Bears fans, and Trubisky's fantasy owners, is that the Bears QB might be back sooner than one would think and he does not need surgery. 

He will travel with the team to London, but it's more than likely the start will go to backup quarterback Chase Daniels.

[RELATED: Raiders rise in NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 5]

Trubisky left Sunday's game early against the Minnesota Vikings after landing on his shoulder. He went into the locker room for observations and came back out to the sideline, but was in a sling.

Daniels took over for Trubisky and completed 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown.