Kyle Shanahan: Brian Hoyer “best thing” for 49ers at QB right now

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Kyle Shanahan insists the 49ers don’t have a quarterback controversy: Brian Hoyer is their starter. Rookie C.J. Beathard remains the backup.

“I don’t look at it like it’s Brian vs. C.J. right now,” Shanahan said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I look at it as ‘What’s best for our team right now?’ And if I did feel that [a change at quarterback] was the best thing for our team right now, I wouldn’t hesitate at all. That would be an easy decision if I thought that was the best thing for our team right now.

“I don’t feel it is the best thing for our team right now, so that’s something I haven’t started to consider.”

The 49ers have not scored a touchdown in three of their four games. They are 26th in scoring.

Hoyer has completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 858 yards with two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 67.9 passer rating.

“I think he needs to play better, and we need to play better around him,” Shanahan said.

7 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Brian Hoyer “best thing” for 49ers at QB right now

  1. He’s the best chance they have at getting the first pick without trading a boatload of picks. He’s smartly continuing to ride that train all the way to the finish line.

  2. Shanahan is right, Hoyer might not be great, but he’s a pro, and he has everyone in the right spot doing what they should be doing. He gives that team a chance at developing everyone with a functioning offense. Put in a backup and everything gets dumbed down, slowed down, and now you have 10 other guys adapting to your inexperience rather than expanding on their playbook and skillset and building on the future. CJ Beathard is not the long term solution, and he’d probably set back the development of the other 10 by inserting him.

  3. Lynch and Shanahan have six year contracts so they aren’t under pressure to win now. They want Rosen or Darnold so the more games they lose now the less picks they’ll have to give up, if they finish out of the bottom two. The way they’re going they won’t have to worry about that and will have their choice of any QB come draft time.

  4. He’s the best thing *this week*.

    Nest week, the best thing will be this halogen torchiere lamp Kyle found in his garage.

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