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Richard Sherman defends Jimmy Garoppolo over ‘silly’ Super Bowl criticism

There is no disputing that Jimmy Garoppolo did not put forth his best performance in the San Francisco 49ers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.┬áTo blame the quarterback solely for the 49ers coming up short, however, is “silly,” according to teammate Richard Sherman.

When the outcome of Super Bowl LIV was in the books, the Niners were on the losing end of a game in which the team held a 20-10 lead as late as midway through the fourth quarter, as the Chiefs put up a miraculous rally for a 31-20 comeback victory. Garoppolo struggled in the game, going 20-for-31 for 219 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a subpar 69.2 rating.

In his comments on KNBR Radio this week, Sherman made sure to note that the 49ers did have the Chiefs right where they wanted them with that double-digit lead. What’s more, Sherman laid the blame on the Niners’ defense for allowing Patrick Mahomes and the lethal Chiefs offense to score a staggering 21 unanswered points in the final seven minutes of the game.

“It’s just barbershop talk. It’s just something to have a topic. It’s just foolish,” Sherman said of the criticism directed at Garoppolo, as transcribed by Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee. “… When you hear them blaming Jimmy, Jimmy doesn’t play defense. We had a 10-point lead. We get the guy a stop, we win the game.”

The old adage that quarterbacks receive too much of the glory when things are going well and an unfairly disproportionate amount of the blame during hard times certainly rings true when it comes to how Garoppolo was raked over the coals for his disappointing Super Bowl performance.

As Sherman explains, though, blame for the loss should be distributed evenly over the Niners blowing it, as the late-game collapse obviously occurred on both sides of the ball, not only when it was in Garoppolo’s hands.