The Las Vegas Raiders acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from free agency after his six-year spell with the San Francisco 49ers. During his tenure with the 49ers, Garoppolo threw for 13,599 passing yards, 82 touchdowns and took San Francisco to a Super Bowl.
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Thank you to 49ers
Garoppolo was thankful for his time in San Francisco. During his introductory press conference, he expressed his excitement.
“My time there was awesome,” Garoppolo said. “Lot of ups and downs — it was a fun time, but turn the page now, moving on, next chapter of my life.”
Adjusting to a new offense
His history with head coach Josh McDaniels in New England will be a boost as he adjusts to life in Las Vegas.
According to Garoppolo, McDaniels helped mold him as a player, resulting in his success later in his career.
“He’s very smart,” Garoppolo said, “Taught me the game of football, basically, in the NFL You can really tell, just talking to him, that winning is important to him, and I wouldn’t say that’s true about everyone in the NFL.”
The new Raiders quarterback said he is ready to learn the language of his new team’s offense, comparing his time with 49ers’ head coach Kyle Shanahan to McDaniels style.
“Kyle’s offense versus Josh’s offense is just a different mindset behind it,” Garoppolo said. “Revamp my mind like that is the first step and then just relearn the language.”
Garoppolo is ready to be the leader for Las Vegas but wants to earn his place in the team. Having weapons like pro bowler receiver Davante Adams along with the new additions of Jakobi Meyers and Phillip Dorsett should give him a comfortable confidence boost.
“I want to come in and earn it,” he said. “That’ll come through hard work, working with the teammates, being at the facility. All those little things will play a role.”