49ers Jimmy Garoppolo blushes at comparisons to Joe Montana


CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback  Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after the 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14 at Soldier Field on December 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo offered a humble response Wednesday for those 49ers fans pegging him as the second coming of Joe Montana.

“The Joe Montana comparisons, I think it’s a little early for those. It’s only been one game,” Garoppolo said in the wake of winning his starting debut Sunday 15-14 over the Chicago Bears.

“We are both Italian, so we have that in common,” Garoppolo added. “But it might be a little early. We’ve got a good thing going right now, we have to keep working hard, keep improving every week and keep this thing going in the right direction.”

Garoppolo’s next start comes Sunday when the 49ers (2-10) visit the Houston Texans (4-8).

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after the 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14 at Soldier Field on December 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Coach Kyle Shanahan understands the surge in excitement surrounding Garoppolo, who the 49ers acquired in an Oct. 31 trade with the New England Patriots.

“I love that excitement, and it’s deserving in that you should be excited we have a talented guy,” Shanahan said.

“But you also want to be fair to Jimmy, also,” Shanahan continued. “You said the words ‘Joe Montana.’ It was his third NFL game really playing (as a starter). That’s the goal. We’re excited about him. That’s the goal. Hopefully someday we can get to there. But let’s take it one game at a time.”

Garoppolo, who started and won the first two games last season in place of a suspended Tom Brady, went 26-of-37 for 293 yards in beating the Bears before a slew of family and friends from his hometown of Arlington Heights, a Chicago suburb some 30 miles from Soldier Field.

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