SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman passionately endorsed Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers’ unquestioned franchise quarterback after Sunday’s blowout win over the Green Bay Packers. Check out these amazing quotes from Sherman.
SHERMAN: “He is the leader of the team. The quarterback is the leader of this team. Jimmy Garoppolo is our leader and we will follow him into the darkest of the dark. We would follow him into a dark alley, and I guarantee you won’t touch him, because he goes to battle and fights for us every day, so we have an obligation to go to battle and fight for him.
“You hear the some of the noise, some of the things said about him, and it’s frustrating because we see him every day. We see what kind of work ethic he puts in, the hours he puts in, the first one in, the last one out. The guy looks for no credit. All he does is encourage his teammates and put more work in.
“And then you have people nitpicking. Nitpicking. We run for 300 yards. You’re like, ‘He didn’t throw a lot.’ We ran for 300 yards! And then he throws for 400, and they’re like, ‘Well, I think he got outplayed by Kyler Murray,’ and Kyler Murray barely had 100 yards passing. And you start to laugh at these things.
“The goalposts keep moving with him. And then one thing you can appreciate — and I’ve said this before — you can appreciate being good enough that people have to make excuses for why you’re good. He’s a good enough quarterback that people have to make excuses, they have to move the bar.
“Now, his passer rating is 145 on prime time against one of the best teams in football, and I’m sure they’ll move the goalposts again. Then they’ll say, ‘Well, we didn’t run it good enough. He’s not a scrambler, so his yards-per-run, he needs to pick that up. He took a couple sacks.’ What else can this guy do? He’s helping this team win football games, and he deserves a ton of more credit for that.”