The Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers, 33-21, on Thursday Night Football, thanks in large part to another poor performance by 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert completed 18-of-31 passes for 162 yards, a touchdown, and a pair of costly interceptions.
With controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick still on San Francisco’s bench, Gabbert has led the 49ers to a 1-4 start to the season.
Gabbert, once a highly-touted prospect out of the University of Missouri, is now 9-31 in his 40 career starts in the NFL, the second-worst mark among NFL quarterbacks through their first 40 starts since 1970.
The Thursday Night Football game was broadcast with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call, and social media had fun ripping Simms for his quick defense of Gabbert’s poor play during the game.
“This is what you don’t understand about Blaine Gabbert,” Simms said during the broadcast. “Everybody talks about him like he’s just terrible. He’s not! We’ve seen the arm strength, he’s missed open guys… but he can really run.”
The level of passion in Simms’ voice made it sound like he really couldn’t understand why San Francisco fans were chanting “We Want Kaep” during the game.
Social media showed no mercy:
But what made the night even more entertaining was that it didn’t just seem to be fans watching the game who noticed Simms’ passionate defense of Gabbert.
“Did anyone else feel kind of weird the way Phil Simms was talking about Blaine Gabbert as we’re watching some of these passes? You know he was talking about him as if this guy was the next-coming of Tom Brady or somebody.”
Faulk quickly interjected: “He was talking about Blaine Gabbert as if he was his relative.”
The cast shared some laughs while co-hosts Rich Eisen and Steve Marriucci awkwardly tried to change the subject.
Simms has always been controversial in the broadcast booth, but more so just for saying entertaining things like John Madden used to.
Simms ends up being funny when he’s trying hard not to be, and I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.