Ben Volin: If they thought that Garoppolo was [like an] Aaron Rodgers and they could keep this dynasty going another ten years after Brady retires, and the only reason they got rid of him was they didn't want to pay him, well, that'd be a shame.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jimmy", he said. And Jimmy is getting a good coach. Though, the long-term feasibility of this was minimal with the former second-round pick wanting to start moving forward. We over a period of time explored every option possible to try to sustain it, but just at this point felt like we had to make a decision. He was a great person to coach. "But as his career moves forward, we have to look to our team both this year and beyond". When you are [receiving] trade offers in March or April, you may have a different approach when you have Tom Brady, who at the time was 39 and was turning 40 in August, you may say to yourself it makes actual business sense to buy some time to evaluate Tom as he turns age 40 and enters what is largely unchartered territory because there are so few quarterbacks that have made an impact in their fifth decade playing in the NFL. The Patriots coach clearly expected Brady to decline sooner. Among Garoppolo's contributions included nearly immediately taking a leadership role of the 2014 rookie class, providing valuable insurance at the game's most important position, and then performing well when thrust into regular-season action. I felt we rode it out as long as we could. From there he had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and 49ers, making 37 total starts along the way. The young quarterback completed 42-of-59 passes (71.2 percent) for 496 yards and four touchdowns in just a game and a half before having to leave during the second quarter of New England's 31-24 Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins with a shoulder injury. This season, he was 0-6 as a starter for the 49ers with four TD passes and four interceptions.
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Ben Volin: Brian Hoyer (released by the 49ers last night) knows the system, 32-year-old guy, started a bunch of games in the league-you know what you're going to get out of him.
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