Shanahan 'believes' Garoppolo will be 49ers QB in 2021

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle. Jimmy Garoppolo isn't expected to take another snap this season for the San Francisco 49ers as a pair of high ankle sprains derailed most of his campaign.(AP Photo/Scott Eklund, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t expected to take another snap this season for the San Francisco 49ers as a pair of high ankle sprains derailed most of his campaign.

Despite the lost season, the 49ers remain publicly committed to Garoppolo as their quarterback for 2021, even tough he has remained healthy only once in three seasons as starter.

“I do believe Jimmy’s going to be our quarterback next year,” coach Kyle Shanahan said this week.

Shanahan added that nothing in the NFL is completely certain and the Niners will do what it takes to build the best roster possible this offseason.

But he points to the success San Francisco has had when Garoppolo has been healthy with a 22-8 record in those games since he arrived in 2017. That's compared to the 7-26 mark with all other quarterbacks under Shanahan as a reason to stick with him.

“Look at Jimmy’s record when he’s been here. Jimmy, you can win with. He’s proven that,” Shanahan said. “He’s proven he’s a starting quarterback in this league. We had a couple of other guys who got opportunities this year who played like they have a chance at times to be starting quarterbacks, but they did play like backups overall.”

The Niners acquired Garoppolo in a midseason trade from New England in 2017 and he won the final five games that season after San Francisco started the year 1-10.

That earned Garoppolo a $137.5 million, five-year contract that offseason, but he then tore his ACL in the third game of 2018, contributing to a 4-12 record with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens taking over for the final 13 games.