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Is Jimmy G overrated? Ordway thinks he might be

July 30, 2018 - 12:34 pm

Jimmy Garoppolo set the NFL on fire in his five games as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers last season.

After being traded from the Patriots to the 49ers, Garoppolo turned in a passer rating of 96.2, while averaging 260 yards passing per game. He also won all five of his starts for San Francisco. It all paved the way for a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

But Glenn Ordway isn't completely sold.

The co-host of OMF went on to say that while Bill Belichick would probably ultimately love to have Garoppolo back with the Patriots at some point, the quarterback might be getting too much credit for what he did in the five-game stint as a starter.

"It is possible (Belichick) developed him, he knows how good the kid can be and he put him in a good position to improve over the next couple of years," Ordway said. "Belichick has very selfish reasons for doing it. Down the road he’s saying, ‘I want that guy back.’ Do you think he’s going to stay with the 49ers the rest of his career?

"Maybe he’s not that good. I think he’s being overrated in those five games. If you look at his numbers and the teams that he faced, he faced one really good defense and by the way, it wasn’t the problem with the Jaguars defense. Their quarterback threw three interceptions in that game. So he got the ball because their quarterback was screwing up. I would like to see a whole season of this thing when teams are looking at the San Francisco 49ers as a legitimate opponent."

As for the contract Garoppolo ended up hauling in, Ordway said, "I’m not saying he’s overpaid. The timing worked out perfectly for Jimmy Garoppolo."