Kyle Shanahan: Whoever gets first-team reps on Wednesday will start at quarterback

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Whatever plan the San Francisco 49ers had for starting newly acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could be scuttled due to injuries sustained by C.J. Beathard on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

For head coach Kyle Shanahan, the choice of who starts this week against the Chicago Bears could be a very simple one.

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, Shanahan wasn’t sure Beathard would be physically able to practice on Wednesday due to a knee contusion and a hip strain sustained on a hit by Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett in the closing minutes. If Beathard can’t practice on Wednesday, Garoppolo will get the start.

“(Beathard) is a rookie quarterback and (Garoppolo) basically is also, with him just being here,” Shanahan said. “To give those guys the best chance to be successful, you want to give them all the reps, which still isn’t enough reps. Any time you split those evenly it’s kind of a disservice to both.”

Garoppolo played three snaps against Seattle in relief of Beathard. He scrambled for a 4-yard gain and completed two passes for 18 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy on the final play of the game.

Shanahan will officially name a starter on Wednesday when Beathard’s status will be fully known.

7 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Whoever gets first-team reps on Wednesday will start at quarterback

  1. I’m starting to think the niners brass wants to keep JG healthy so they can franchise tag him and then trade him to the Browns for one of their first round picks.

  2. If they traded for Tom Brady, would they keep him on ice too as a “rookie” in their system? Garoppolo understands the NFL game in a way that Beathard cannot. If the 49ers don’t understand this, Jimmy should not sign a deal with them and force a franchise tag or walk. ‘well, he should do that anyway. He’s earned the right to do that. Does anyone really understand what is behind the BS in SF? Find out what you have and sign him or let him go.

  3. The only reason I can figure the 49ers are being “safe” with Jimmy G is concern that he’ll put good tape out there with an even worse offense than what he had in 2.5 games with New England, which would then create more teams being interested in Jimmy. But if you know you want to keep why not see what you have….?!

  4. I think they were planning to play Garoppolo even if Beathard was healthy. They couldn’t bench Beathard right after the first win of the season. They figured Seattle was going to be tough to beat, so Beathard would lose, then they go with Jimmy. Everything is falling right into place.

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