A former San Francisco 49ers player is not a fan of ESPN Monday Night Football lead analyst Booger McFarland.
Brent Jones, a former 49ers tight end, voiced his displeasure with McFarland following Monday night’s San Francisco-Cleveland game.
The former NFL player was not a fan of McFarland’s constant commentary about Garoppolo “arriving” or not. He also did not like McFarland’s breakdown of the quarterback’s throwing motion.
Jones went off during an interview on KNBR.
“The Garoppolo thing has me a little fired up. I really am frustrated with, you know, Snot Nose, or Loogie or Booger or whatever the guy’s name is. You know what? I try not to throw people under the bus most of the time, BUT, you are a very, very average defensive lineman your whole career and if I could pick anybody on a team that knows less about what’s truly going on offensively and defensively, it would be a defensive lineman. Rush the passer, stay in your lanes, play the gaps, tackle the guy. That’s it. You don’t care what coverage, you don’t care what linebackers are going. You might know a game or something you’re playing. You don’t know pass patterns, you don’t know what running backs are doing, you don’t know anything. So, I get it, he’s a guy that was left over because Jason Witten didn’t make it. But, dude, don’t come and bring your quarterback analysis into the prime time of Monday Night Football when you’re just a Jag on a crappy team, you’re just a guy. That got me fired up last night.
You tell me about Jimmy Garoppolo and his mechanics or whatever and he’s just a little off, while on the flipside he’s like, “Oh Baker Mayfield, oh I like what Freddie Kitchens is doing, I like what the Browns; Oh Baker Mayfield has had some ups and downs tonight.”
I’m like, “Really? Show me an ‘up.’ He got up after he was flat on his back.”
So, I was not happy with that analysis at all. I have to say, I know he’s working hard and he’s trying. But he’s a defensive lineman that doesn’t know anything about the game and it’s a travesty that that’s Monday Night Football. Sorry.”
McFarland is in his first season as the lead analyst for ESPN’s primetime NFL game. He was part of a three-man crew in 2018, though he wasn’t in the booth. Jason Witten served as ESPN’s lead analyst before returning to the Cowboys.
NFL analysts are used to criticism, of course, but this was pretty harsh.
The 49ers are scheduled to play again on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. San Francisco will play Seattle on Monday, Nov. 11.