San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday morning, offering a forceful defense of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

After the voluble First Take host Stephen A. Smith argued that Garoppolo was an afterthought in the context of a stacked 49ers team, Kittle pushed back with a monologue full of evidence.

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“How is that his fault?,” Kittle replied. “It’s not his fault he’s on a good team with really good football players and a great head coach. He got us to the Super Bowl, so that’s what I’m saying. It’s not his fault he has Nick Bosa, he has five first-round D-linemen, he has Richard Sherman in the secondary. That’s not his fault.”

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