Joe Montana, the Hall of Famer who led the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles wants to see more from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo before anointing him a franchise quarterback, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
During an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” Montana was asked about those already deeming Garoppolo a savior of the recently downtrodden 49ers franchise.
“I think it’s still a little early for it myself,” Montana said. “He’s obviously had a lot more success in the games he’s played in so far than the other quarterbacks that have been there recently. So I think there’s a lot of excitement in the Bay Area about it.
“I think this year will be a big tell on it. They paid a lot of money for him. But I think there’s some belief there that he’ll be there for a while.”
Montana added that he rarely has seen quarterbacks leave a system where they’re entrenched behind a successful starter — as Garoppolo did, coming from his role as Tom Brady’s backup in New England — and thrive in a different offense.
“If the guy in front of them leaves and they stay in that system, they seem to have more success,” Montana said. “But if they leave and go to another team, I don’t think there’s been any successful quarterbacks that have made it for any length of time. I mean, there’s probably three right behind Tom that have left already.”