Fans certainly were excited to see Jimmy Garoppolo make his debut with the 49ers, but it came at a cost to starting quarterback C.J. Beathard.
“Then when Jimmy goes out there, you cheer. Give him a pep talk, let him know you’re all behind him. But let him know you’re behind our (starting) quarterback, too, C.J.”
Beathard threw for 201 yards before Seahawks’ Michael Bennett delivered the knockout blow resulting in a knee injury for the 49ers’ starting quarterback, which allowed Garoppolo to have his debut. Garoppolo scored his first touchdown for the 49ers after completing both of his passes.
“I don’t think it was malicious by our fans, that they were cheering he was injured,” left tackle Joe Staley said. “They were excited. But at the same time, you can’t do that.”
They looked too good in too many games to be 0-4, and to be looking up at every team in the division a month into the season. The players, including Philip Rivers, and coach Anthony Lynn, kept insisting then that things weren’t as bad as they looked, that they were better than the year before when they were losing games in much the same fashion (eight losses by seven points or fewer in 2016), that this wasn’t going to continue.
Now, the Chargers hotter than any team there, and, as a bonus, less dysfunctional (a more fitting description for the Broncos and Raiders, who both fired coordinators this week).
Thompson, who was originally estimated to miss three to four weeks with the injury, will end up missing nearly six weeks. He took issue with that timeline Monday.
“Who said there was a real timetable? [The team] told you guys three to four weeks. That was never the case,” Thompson said. “The first week I was on crutches for a week, so there was no chance. I don’t know who told you three to four weeks. I feel bad. I’m sorry. You all should have just asked me or [direct messaged] me. I would have told y’all the truth.