On Christmas Eve, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch liked a tweet from a fan suggesting that the team leave quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Nashville following the 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans and social media went absolutely nuts over it.
Lynch saw the uproar and stated that he “accidentally and unknowingly” liked the tweet.
“Never intended to [like the tweet] and remain a huge believer in Jimmy,” Lynch wrote.
Garoppolo completed 26-of-35 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown, but tossed two interceptions and had bad throws that should’ve had the team up by much more that would’ve prevented a comeback.
The loss dropped San Francisco to 8-7 on the season.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters via a conference call on Monday and was asked if Lynch addressed the situation with his quarterback.
“I don’t know if he did, but no, I don’t think that has to [be addressed with Garoppolo],” Shanahan responded. “I think everyone in this building knows John pretty well, and as soon as you read a tweet like that, I don’t think one person who knows John thinks that he did that. They were wondering how he messed that up.
“That’s why I don’t have [social media] like that. I would probably do the same on accident.”
The 49ers (8-7) are back in control of their playoff destiny after the New Orleans Saints’ loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.
If San Francisco wins its final two games of the season, the team will be assured a playoff berth regardless of any other outcomes.