Kyle Shanahan: C.J. Beathard reminds me of Kirk Cousins

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Kyle Shanahan used to coach Kirk Cousins and the 49ers currently have Brian Hoyer at the top of the quarterback depth chart, so it hasn’t been hard to find people musing about the possibility of the 49ers making a play for Cousins next offseason.

There’s still plenty to play out with the Redskins before Cousins would hit the open market and the 49ers may have picked a quarterback in the third round that could change the scenario. The team moved up five spots in a trade to select C.J. Beathard out of Iowa in a move that Peter King of TheMMQB.com chronicles in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback column.

King was in the team’s draft room when team owner Jed York said they’d “sleep a little better” on Friday night knowing they got Beathard rather than waiting until the fourth round and when Shanahan compared Beathard to his former pupil in Washington.

“He processes the game so well,” Shanahan said. “Tough as s–t. Got a chance. He reminds me a lot of Kirk Cousins.”

King reports Beathard was the only quarterback Shanahan wanted in this year’s draft, so giving up a seventh-round pick to ensure they got him was probably a pretty easy decision to make. Picking him doesn’t mean they won’t be looking for a quarterback again next year, of course, but it does suggest that the team is open to several approaches to filling the position for the long term.

20 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: C.J. Beathard reminds me of Kirk Cousins

  1. People were panning this pick, considering Josh Dobbs was still on the board. You know what I think? Who cares. It’s a 7th Rd pick.

  2. Iowa. bahahaha Known as a real hot bed for developing quarterback talent. Please. This guy will be a clipboard toting, hat on backwards lifer this entire career. A damn shame he’ll make a lot more money than I ever will too.

  3. Shanahan made a huge miscalculation here… HUGE.

    I live in Iowa and I’ve watched Beathard very closely. The Hawkeyes are a defense-oriented team with a run-first approach. Every time they had to lean on the passing game, Beathard failed… often miserably.

    In his last game as a Hawkeye in the Outback bowl, he went 7 for 23, 55 yards with 3 interceptions. A more accurate NFL player comparison would be Mark Sanchez, IMO. If he were plopped into a defense and run-oriented team, he could perhaps drive the bus. nothing more.

  4. Good! Kyle keep focused on developing CJ Beathard and away from trying to get Kirk Cousins!! Isn’t it a bit ironic that Kyle chose the grandson of the former great Redskin’s GM, Bobby Beathard!!! HTTR!

  5. Seprix says:
    May 1, 2017 11:03 AM
    People were panning this pick, considering Josh Dobbs was still on the board. You know what I think? Who cares. It’s a 7th Rd pick.

    Beathard was a 3rd round pick. That’s why everyone was so down on it.

  6. Lol…that dumpster fire never stops serving the kool-aid to their “fans”

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    Yea, the seachickens failed to draft a olineman and expect that crappy oline to work. The Seachickens made questionable picks and Schneider hasn’t had a good draft in years. Enjoy your one and done title.

  7. Seprix says:
    May 1, 2017 11:03 AM
    People were panning this pick, considering Josh Dobbs was still on the board. You know what I think? Who cares. It’s a 7th Rd pick.

    You must not have read this post or watched the draft

  8. Love this pick. Two years ago he looked great, last year average at best, he should be a solid back up but could end up being actually good. And if they get Cousin’s next year, then you have a 1 and a 2 that are similar in style, if they don’t get Cousin’s, this trade doesn’t hamstring you from going QB early in next year’s draft. Team’s drafting for immediate needs at QB rarely ever choose wisely.

  9. The only way that C.J. Beathard reminds me of Kirk Cousins would be if Kirk Cousins ATE a defensive Tackle.

    I actually laughed out loud when I saw the Beathard pick.

  10. Considering kyle’s epic SB choke job, as well as all his OC choke jobs before that, he is NOT his dad, and is only in the NFL because of his dad. He NEVER has accomplished what the EXPERTS say he has, and will choke worse as a HC than a coordinator…at least the rams brought in Wade Phillips to cover for their crappy HC pick…Kyle is the ONLY reason his dad was fired in Washington…

  11. Live and watched every Iowa game since CJ became starter, junior year was very good last year average hampered with nagging injuries. Tough kid may surprise some folks can’t be any worse than the QB staff SF has currently. Hoyer etc are proven rejects give the kid a chance.

  12. Hawkeyes are the local team so I saw this kid a lot. Smart, tough as nails but his ceiling is fringe starter at best. Probably could have a nice career as a backup. I wouldn’t have taken him as high as the 3rd and certainly would not have traded up but then my team is the Bears so I don’t have any room to talk on that point.

  13. XaqFields says:
    May 1, 2017 11:25 AM
    Shanahan made a huge miscalculation here… HUGE.

    I live in Iowa and I’ve watched Beathard very closely. The Hawkeyes are a defense-oriented team with a run-first approach. Every time they had to lean on the passing game, Beathard failed… often miserably.

    In his last game as a Hawkeye in the Outback bowl, he went 7 for 23, 55 yards with 3 interceptions. A more accurate NFL player comparison would be Mark Sanchez, IMO. If he were plopped into a defense and run-oriented team, he could perhaps drive the bus. nothing more
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    Well you hit the nail straight on you thumb there… Beathard may have played for defense-oriented team. He may have had a bad game in the Outback Bowl, however, it was 17-3 at halftime. You really think the FLORIDA GATORS expected Iowa to continue running the ball?
    58.1 completion %. 5,562 passing yards. 40 TD VS 19 INTs. 20-7 as a starter. It’s a shame that a person puts so much emphasis on 1 game! May not be Joe Montana or Steve Young. It could be worse for SF, they could still have Kap as their starter!

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