Garoppolo focused on 1st start for Niners instead of future

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) When Jimmy Garoppolo made the first two starts of his career, he knew the role was temporary with Tom Brady waiting to return from suspension in New England.

It’s a far different case as Garoppolo prepares to make his first start for San Francisco (1-10) on Sunday in Chicago. The 49ers traded a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots to acquire Garoppolo last month with designs of him becoming the franchise quarterback in San Francisco.

“I’m trying not to think about the future too much,” Garoppolo said Wednesday. “I’ve learned in the past that when your mind wanders like that, quarterbacking in this league is hard enough. So, when you start thinking about other things you’re going to have a tough time. I think just staying focused on the Bears this week. I hold myself to a high level. I’ve been doing that my whole life and I think that won’t stop.”

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