The San Francisco 49ers lost a wild game to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. We’ll definitely be breaking things down on how things went good then ugly, but during the game, one of the randomly more interesting developments wasn’t what was happening on the field, it was off it. We got some Jimmy Garoppolo sightings!
We can never get enough Jimmy G, even if he’s on injured reserve. The Monday Night Football crew made sure to get a shot of Garoppolo in a Levi’s Stadium suite watching the game. It was good to check up on Jimmy G and see him doing well.
Well, some people weren’t as happy. Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan took to Twitter quickly to ask the most ridiculous question:
Why is Jimmy G in a suite when all his teammates are on the field fighting to get a W?— Scot Mccloughan (@MccloughanScot) November 13, 2018
I don’t know, I guess that’s a reasonable question to ask. Except there’s some context that McCloughan needs. Before we get to that, let’s finish out his night on Twitter.
As you might expect, the above tweet prompted the masses to fire away at McCloughan. He responded with this, and was quickly rebuffed by the tweet following it:
It sounds like a perfect counterpoint to the angry fans, but this was rebuffed by the fact that this sideline gesture was before the game started. Wentz spent the above game in the suite you see in the bottom tweet when the clock started ticking.
So what’s the deal with the 49ers? Why would Garoppolo be in the suite anyways? Well it wasn’t his decision, it was Kyle Shanahan’s. This very question came up in a press conference in late October. I have his response below on Garoppolo being on the sidelines for games:
“No, not yet, or out on the practice field. Just being on the crutches and stuff, if something bad happened he couldn’t protect himself. So, we’ve got to keep him off of football areas. But, he’s going around on his crutches in the building. So, he’s at the meetings and things like that. But, nothing on the field.”
I’m really not sure what prompted McCloughan to troll the fans like this, or if it really matters where Garoppolo watches the game. It’s not like he’s intentionally trying to avoid playing football, he tore up his knee after all. It’s also not like the 49ers can put him in if Nick Mullens doesn’t work out.
Do you think it matters where Jimmy G watches the game?