3 stats that prove Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t the answer for the Commanders
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Commanders are going to have a new quarterback presiding over the offense next season.
The only questions are who it will be and how they’ll get him. Will they take to the trade market for a superstar like Russell Wilson? What about the free agent market, which has no shortage of placeholder options?
If the Commanders draft someone in the first or second round, will they be ready to start right away?If not, how will that impact how they attack the trade/free agent markets? These are all pertinent questions, and you better believe the front office is staying awake nights trying to figure out the right course of action.
That’s what makes this offseason so compelling (and equally terrifying). No one knows what’s going to happen.
With that said, Jimmy Garoppolo is clearly the name most heavily linked with the Commanders in the early goings. The 30-year-old would be a fine addition, but fans understandably have their reservations.
Here are three stats that justify those concerns.
Why Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t the answer for the Commanders
3. Can’t hold a lead in playoffs/Injury history
Garoppolo’s struggles in the playoffs are well-documented. Despite appearing in a Super Bowl, two conference championship games and boasting a 4-2 record as a starter in the postseason, Garoppolo’s limitations as a quarterback have come full circle on football’s biggest stage.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a bad QB. Far from it, actually. And we know the Commanders aren’t in a position to be picky. HOWEVER, this particular stat will make Jimmy G haters sing from the rooftops.
Over the last three seasons, teams holding a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter of a playoff game are a combined 19-2. Care to guess who was under center in both losses? One Jimmy Garoppolo.
Credit for Paul Hembekides of ESPN for digging this puppy up.
If we had to choose between giving up a second-rounder for Garoppolo or signing someone like Jameis Winston or Mitchell Trubisky in free agency, we’ll side with the latter seven days a week and twice on Sundays.
Getting beyond that, Garoppolo’s injury history is incredibly worrisome.
Dating back to his time in New England, he got injured after finally sniffing the starting lineup during Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension. Since he got traded to the 49ers during the 2016 offseason, though, Garoppolo has started 45 of a possible 81 regular-season games in five seasons.
That’s good for a 55.5% share.
Need we say anything else?