Shanahan apparently has seen enough of C.J. Beathard

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Here’s another obvious conclusion that flows from Monday night’s stunning trade of Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers: Not only are the 49ers done with quarterback Brian Hoyer completely, but they’re also done with C.J. Beathard as a potential quarterback of the future.

Beathard, a third-round pick in 2017, started only two games for the 49ers. But that apparently was enough to get Shanahan to conclude that the rookie from Iowa won’t be better than a largely unproven career backup, who got injured during what was supposed to be a four-game audition for a starting job elsewhere in 2016, during Tom Brady‘s suspension.

And that leads to a question that surely will be answered, sooner than later. Who made the first move?

Did the Patriots see an opportunity to move Garropolo and get, indirectly, former Patriots backup Brian Hoyer to serve as Tom Brady’s understudy? Or did the 49ers, in a fit of frustration and an overwhelming sense of helplessness and futility, target Garoppolo as achieving a small victory in a season full of losses?

Either way, the move means not only that the 49ers aren’t sold on Beathard as a potential franchise quarterback but also that they didn’t believe any of the top quarterbacks in the 2018 draft will be the answer.

Before slamming the door entirely on that possibility, remember this: The 49ers also could decide that Garoppolo isn’t the guy, letting him walk away and getting credit for his departure in the compensatory draft-pick formula as of 2019. If they’d get a third-rounder for Garoppolo leaving in free agency, that would offset the 2018 second-rounder that have given up for him in order to get what could turn out to be a half-season rental and an exclusive opportunity to evaluate a potential franchise quarterback.

23 responses to “Shanahan apparently has seen enough of C.J. Beathard

  1. The jury is still out on whether shanahan & lynch are the right choices to lead this team back to winning as well.

  2. Drafting Beathard was strange in itself. He was mediocre at Iowa and honestly should have only been picked up as undrafted free agent. He never showed any qualities that would insist he could be a starting quarterback.

  3. collectordude says:

    The jury is still out on whether shanahan & lynch are the right choices to lead this team back to winning as well.
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    “The Jury is Out?” They’re 0-8. That’s worse than last year.

  4. Except their 2nd round pick will be close to a 1st rounder, based on their terrible record, and a 3rd round compensatory pick will be close to the 4th round, so….

  5. Iowa pads their schedule almost every year in order to get blown out in a bowl game against solid opponents. This year they actually have a harder schedule, and they may not get a bowl game. Beathard was clearly drafted way too high. Like 4 rounds too high.

  6. .
    In almost any transaction you have to weigh risk vs reward. From the 49ers standpoint they get an opportunity to have Garopollo for a half season before deciding whether to go all in going forward. If the marriage works out then they’ve solved their problem at QB for a decade. As we all know QB is undoubtedly the game’s most important position. If they are dead wrong and the experiment fails then they’ve swapped an early second for a late third compensatory pick. The gamble is most assuredly worth it.

    From the Patriots standpoint Belichick wanted that early second round pick for reasons only he knows. It could be used in another deal.
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  7. Maybe they do see a QB in next year’s draft who can be their future but needs a couple of years. If Garoppolo can come in and be a productive QB for several years, that would give them time to groom next year’s pick for a couple of years instead of throwing him to the wolves. I still believe a QB is very much in play for the 49ers with their first pick next year.

  8. feckyerlife says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:49 am
    Shahanhan is a good OC, but you can tell he is not HC material. he doesn’t have what his dad did.
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    What his Dad had was John Elway

  9. Before slamming the door entirely on that possibility, remember this…

    Really slathering the lipstick on that pig, aren’t you?

  10. In a league where teams mortgage quite a bit for a totally unproven in the draft (typically with draft picks), this is a great deal. For the last couple years, we keep hearing about Jimmy G being the next greatest FA available. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t nobody really knows, however for the cost of a draft pick (since the 49ers have 2 first rounders, using the 2nd doesn’t hurt nearly as bad), they get to find out.

    If he works, they are brilliant and savy, if it doesn’t they still got something for their time in the way of a 3rd rounder.

    Say what you want about Lynch, but that seems pretty astute to me.

  11. ghostlight13 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:18 am
    feckyerlife says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:49 am
    Shahanhan is a good OC, but you can tell he is not HC material. he doesn’t have what his dad did.
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    What his Dad had was John Elway
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    AND Terrell Davis. Davis (6th round fluke pick) was the reason they won 2 SB’s. Without Davis, Elway retires losing every SB he ever plays in.

  12. I can see Beathard turning into a journeyman backup with a nice career. If you’re not going to be a superstar QB, career backup is a nice low-risk, good income gig to land.

  13. Regarding the compensatory pick if they let him walk, they traded the first or second pick in the second round and the compensatory pick would be coming at the end of the third round. That’s almost two rounds difference so not as close as it seems.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 31, 2017 at 11:23 am
    Regarding the compensatory pick if they let him walk, they traded the first or second pick in the second round and the compensatory pick would be coming at the end of the third round. That’s almost two rounds difference so not as close as it seems.
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    The compensatory pick could also be nothing. That formula is also driven by players you sign and players you lose. At best, losing Jimmy G would get a late 3rd round pick. It could also have been nothing. That’s why this made sense for New England.

    For San Francisco, they can now draft Barkley at the top of the draft and use the New Orleans 2nd round pick to get an offensive lineman. If they didn’t make this deal, they would be rebuilding from scratch and taking Rosen, with question marks, with their first pick and an offensive lineman with that 33/34 pick. Getting Barkley and Jimmy G is a win for SF.

  15. ghostlight13 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:18 am
    feckyerlife says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:49 am
    Shahanhan is a good OC, but you can tell he is not HC material. he doesn’t have what his dad did.
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    What his Dad had was John Elway

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    What he really had was Terrell Davis. Denver went 4-0 with friggin’ Bubby Brister at qb in ’98, during TD’s 2k yard season.

  16. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    November 2, 2017 at 6:22 pm
    ghostlight13 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:18 am
    feckyerlife says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:49 am
    Shahanhan is a good OC, but you can tell he is not HC material. he doesn’t have what his dad did.
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    What his Dad had was John Elway

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    What he really had was Terrell Davis. Denver went 4-0 with friggin’ Bubby Brister at qb in ’98, during TD’s 2k yard season.
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    What Terrell Davis really was an outstanding offensive line. I love TD but let’s give credit where credit is due. Ask Mike Anderson and Olandis Gary. If you don’t know who they are, that’s exactly my point.

  17. As far as the 2018 crop of QB’s, do the 49ers have the same people evaluating those QB’s as they did evaluating C.J. Beathard? I think there are several QBs coming out in this draft that will be better NFL QBs than Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers, under Jed York, have a history of making news splash moves that are designed to give their fans short-term hope, while Jed’s in the back room counting the money. He doesn’t give a hoot about winning, but he’s making billion$$$. Jed’s not stupid. We think his goals are the same as ours. If we think that, we’re the dummies.

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