ESPN’s Bomani Jones gleefully shreds 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo

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For a week, nearly everyone in 49ers World — from fans and media to real players and staff — was giddy that Jimmy Garoppolo was back as the team’s starting quarterback. It took exactly one miserable prime-time appearance to remind everyone with eyes: Oh, yes, he’s Jimmy Garoppolo.

Bomani Jones, the ESPN/HBO personality and longtime Garoppolo skeptic, jumped on Bay Area radio early Wednesday morning for some sort of victory round. He also had a helpful correction for why certain sections of the fanbase were so excited to lose Trey Lance to a broken ankle.

When Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game asked Jones why fans were so down with Lance, Jones had the answer that everyone should have stared in the face.

“We’ve all been living in this world for a while now, haven’t we?” said Jones. “There’s a reason Baltimore keeps black backup quarterbacks behind Lamar Jackson: It calms the locals. This is one thing, and it’s been a thing in the league for a very, very long time. You can’t ignore that when you start “trying to understand what it is, and why it is that people just jump right in. Normally people are so excited about a young quarterback that they talk themselves into it.”

Mostly, though, the segment featured Jones, Hill, and Joe Shasky having a healthy laugh at the expense of Garoppolo. Jones mentioned Garoppolo’s infamous interception of the Super Bowl with eyes closed as many as three times.

Hill and Shasky asked Jones about Kyle Shanahan’s offense, who looked suspiciously stale without Mike McDaniel controlling the run game.

“I don’t know if there’s anything wrong with the offense because your quarterback just isn’t right,” Jones replied. “I know people have a bit of an emotional connection to Jimmy Garoppolo, which I find strange, but he just isn’t. And he hasn’t been, and every time the world tells us he isn’t, people jump up and say ‘No, Jimmy is a winner!’ That’s not how things work, man. The guy who closes his eyes and throws an interception in the Super Bowl – that’s not what winners do. The guy who runs out the back of the end zone – that’s not what winners do. “

Jones was skeptical about reporting that some players were happy with Garoppolo’s return to control. “You’ve got the quarterback, he’s the leader, you’re indoctrinated with the idea that the quarterback is the straw that stirs the drink,” he said. “I have an impossible time believing that these guys, real footballers, look at Jimmy and think, ‘That guy is dope.’ They can’t. Like they were playing Jimmy I can’t imagine how excited they would be The dude closed his eyes and threw an interception I know I’ve said that three times but how come it’s not the craziest thing what have you ever seen?” (Indeed, he said it exactly three times.)

Before the conversation turned to Steph Curry, Jones had another helpful reminder of the bizarre arc of Garoppolo’s career. “I can’t believe Bill Belichick was so sure that this was the man to take over,” he said. “I understand why Tom Brady was furious.”


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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