Despite a 31-17 season-opening win over the Bucs in Tampa, 49ers fans already have hit the panic button. After feeling like quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was the franchise savior, the Faithful have soured on the signal-caller.
General manager John Lynch, however, has not.
"We think very highly of Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard, but we've got a lot of belief in Jimmy Garoppolo," Lynch said Thursday morning on 95.7 The Game. "Was it perfect the other day? No. But I think he brings a lot to the table and our team has a lot of belief in him."
Lynch's comments come one day after reporter Mike Silver suggested there could be a quarterback change in San Francisco, sooner than later.
"Guys, keep an eye on this: Nick Mullens is Kyle Shanahan's type of quarterback," Silver said on the NFL Network. "He is almost a savant when it comes to understanding the offense. He really, really executes it in a way Kyle Shanahan likes.
"If Jimmy Garoppolo struggles or continues to struggle, and they're either losing or he's not playing well or both, I don't think it's that far-fetched that they could make a quarterback switch earlier than some people might imagine."
Garoppolo was uninspiring in the preseason as he works his way back from a torn ACL. He showed flashes in Week 1 against the Bucs, but was far from perfect. Garoppolo completed 18 of his 27 pass attempts for 166 yards and one touchdown while also throwing an ugly pick-six.
"We're working hard to try to go out there and be cleaner as a team," Lynch said. "Jimmy is as well, but he is our quarterback and we're very happy that's the case."
The 49ers awarded Garoppolo, 27, with a five-year, $137.5 million contract before last season for a reason. They believe in him and will continue to do so until he absolutely crumbles.
Having Mullens, who performed admirably last season as an undrafted rookie, is a luxury. But Shanahan will keep calling Garoppolo's name until it gets to the point of no return.
It's simple as that.