San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo claims he wasn't really bothered by the criticism he received following a Super Bowl loss as he never lacks confidence in himself. The 49ers were on the brink of winning it all this past season but the Kansas City Chiefs recovered from a 10-point deficit in the final 10 minutes of the game to claim a 31-20 win.
Garoppolo failed to make the key plays down the stretch and some wondered if he was the right quarterback to lead the 49ers to winning a Super Bowl. Earlier this offseason, 49ers general manager John Lynch admitted the team had internal discussions about adding Tom Brady but they eventually gave up on that idea and decided to stick with Garoppolo.
"When all that was going on, you hear about it and things like that," Garoppolo said, as quoted on ESPN. "But I really wasn't too worried. I'm always confident in my play. I know what I put out there (last) season and everything like that.
It's all about being confident. It's just part of the business. I've seen both sides of it so I've been there."
Garoppolo used the time during the coronavirus pandemic to do a lot of hard work in his own home gym.
"It's definitely night and day compared to where it was last year at this time," Garoppolo said. "This time last year it was more so getting back into being in a live pocket, having live bullets flying around me and getting used to that, so we're past that.
I haven't really thought about it in a long time... I think my knee is able to do whatever it needs to do at this point." Garoppolo made a promising start to his 2018 campaign but it came to an end after just several games as an ACL injury ended his season.
"I think having my first full season under my belt, coming off the ACL and everything like that, everything that went into that season, it'll only help me going forward," Garoppolo said. "So, I think in terms of being a quarterback, I still have a long way to go.
I'm still relatively young for a quarterback in terms of playing time. I think as a quarterback, you got to get out there, play, get live action like that. I think having a full season under my belt will help me going forward."