Two players who are both quality players around the same age, but have taken two different paths to where they are now are Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins and San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo.
Kirk Cousins was selected in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but his path to being a QB was not a normal one. In the same draft that Cousins was selected in, the Washington NFL franchise selected college QB sensation, Robert Griffin III
In his rookie year, Cousins lost the starting job to Griffin. Griffin dominated and managed to win the NFL’s Rookie of the Year Award. It seemed that Griffin was going to be the QB of the future for the Redskins, but after an injury in the Wild Card round, things took a turn for the worse.
During Griffin’s second season in the NFL, Cousins was continuing to be the backup for him and started in rare situations. It wouldn’t be until his fourth year in the NFL until he started. Cousins would go on to play three years with Washington until he wound up signing with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.
While Cousins struggled to get starting time behind a rookie QB, Garoppolo on the other hand, struggled to get starting time behind one of the best players of all time.
Jimmy G was selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and it was certainly not an easy situation to win the starting job. Jimmy was never able to win the starting QB job while with New England, and he ended up getting traded to the San Fransisco 49ers, and that trade may have been the best thing to happen to Jimmy G.
In Garoppolo’s first year, he landed with first-year head coach and noted offensive genius Kyle Shanahan. He went undefeated in five appearances and played quality football all throughout them. Heading into 2018, there was a lot of positivity in San Fransisco.
The 2018 season was an exciting one for San Fransisco, but that all changed in Week 3 when Garoppolo took a big hit on the sideline. It resulted in him suffering a torn ACL, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.
After recovering from injury, Garoppolo was able to play his first full season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and the results were incredible. It all ended with San Francisco making it all the way to the Super Bowl and while they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, it was a major success.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins are in a similar situation heading into the 2020 season. They each have lost their best receiver with Emmanuel Sanders and Stefon Diggs both on new teams.
Let’s take a look at which veteran QB is going to have the better 2020.