In yesterday’s Stats & Eggs, I told you to keep an eye on what Chargers players and coaches said about Jimmy Garoppolo after these joint practices. We didn’t have to wait long for an update.
According to our own Kyle Posey, Chargers players mocked Jimmy Garoppolo after a difficult end to an offensive series, saying, “They pay ‘em too much in San Francisco,” and other things that weren’t fit to print.
According to all reports, both quarterbacks had a rough day. However, it is interesting that Chargers players openly taunted Garoppolo. Remember, the 49ers have gone out of their way to promote the idea of a new-and-improved Jimmy G. this year. Kyle Shanahan stated that this was the best spring Garoppolo’s ever had with the team. I believe that the reports of Jimmy’s rebirth are greatly exaggerated because Jimmy is being trash-talked in his first extended look at an opponent.
After practice, Kyle said he’d like to get Trey Lance some reps with the first-team offense, but I’m sure those two things are unrelated.
You may dismiss it as nothing more than the trash talk at practice, but I wonder how the 49ers feel about this. It will be interesting to see how much run Shanahan gives Garoppolo and the starters on Sunday and if he lets Jimmy air it out while he’s in the game.
Personally, I’d like to see ol’ number ten show a little fight out there on the field (taunting penalty be damned). I hope he will air it out for a long touchdown, and then stare down at the defense as they leave the field. If Lance’s presence really has lit a fire under Jimmy G., I hope we get to see it on Sunday.
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