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49ers GM John Lynch shares what Bill Belichick said to him about Jimmy Garoppolo

Ryan Hannable
December 28, 2017 - 1:26 pm

FOXBORO -- Jimmy Garoppolo is 4-0 in his first four starts with the 49ers and has given the franchise tremendous hope for the future.

Garoppolo has demonstrated great leadership qualities even in just four games as a starter. This goes along with what Bill Belichick told 49ers general manager John Lynch at the time of the trade.

“Bill, beyond thinking this kid was a special football player, thought he was a special person,” Lynch said, via MMQB's Albert Breer. “And he just said, ‘You’re gonna love the player, guys respond to him.’ I didn’t know what that meant. You think you know, but [we saw] that right away, even when he wasn’t playing. And mind you, C.J. Beathard’s a very popular player on this team, and we were liking the direction we were going. ...

“[Jimmy] just had command, he became a leader instantly. … And you kept hearing that from people at New England—the guys love him. You don’t really know what that means until you see it, and right away we saw it.”

Lynch said because of how badly Belichick and the Patriots wanted to hold on to Garoppolo, he knew the quarterback was going to be something special.

“I’m not patting myself on the back, because I think a lot of people saw it,” Lynch said. “Other people tried vigorously to trade for the guy, because we all know at that position, when you think you have someone special, you do what you can to try to get them. The story’s been well-chronicled that I was rebuffed rather quickly, and that taught me a lot.

“You respect so much the way the Patriots do things, the fact they weren’t willing to let him go said something.  And ultimately, I won’t speak for them, but I think it’d had run its course there. I just felt really good about it and that’s why we were so quick to pull the trigger when it presented itself.”

Garoppolo and the 49ers will take on the Rams in their final game of the season this Sunday.

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