The San Francisco 49ers‘ fans don’t have much to be excited about in 2017, which is why those on hand to watch the team’s crushing defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday roared in delight at the insertion of Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterback the team had acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots earlier this season.
There’s just one problem: Those cheers came while starting quarterback C.J. Beathard lay on the ground after suffering an injury from a crushing hit by defensive end Michael Bennett.
That didn’t sit well with the Niners, who lost 24-13 to fall to 1-10 on the season.
“First of all, I wanted to say our fans are better than that,” said rookie linebacker Reuben Foster. “You wait until a guy gets up to cheer, not when a guy’s down. Then when he’ s up, you cheer.
“Then when Jimmy goes out there, you cheer. Give him a pep talk, let him know you’re all behind him. But let him you you’re behind our (starting) quarterback, too, C.J.”
Reuben Foster on crowd’s reaction late in the game… pic.twitter.com/VfjVMsVipD
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) November 27, 2017
It pained safety Eric Reid, too.
“Our starting (QB) got hurt and people are cheering before he even stands up,” Reid said, according to the Mercury News. “That pisses me off. I’m disappointed in our fans. I understand the excitement about Jimmy, he’s a great player, but that’s not right.”
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) November 27, 2017
Though the cheers might have come too early, Garoppolo lived up to fans’ eagerness to see him on the field.
In three plays, Tom Brady’s former backup went 2-for-2 with a touchdown and rushed for four yards.
Look at these back-to-back dimes by Jimmy Garoppolo. pic.twitter.com/ebIsjqpAZV
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) November 27, 2017