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49ers extend Baalke's deal

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49ers extend Baalke's deal

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Jed York will be featured on Chronicle Live on Monday, joined by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, Saint Mary's men's basketball coach Randy Bennett and tennis legend John McEnroe, who starred at Stanford.

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York announced Friday via Twitter that the 49ers had extended the contract of GM Trent Baalke through 2016. The team followed with a formal announcement confirming the deal.

York posted the following message shortly after 1:30 p.m.:
Excited to announce our amazing GM, Trent Baalke's contract is extended until, 2016 and @GideonYu has been promoted to be our new President.

York was 49ers president and CEO. In correspondence with 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco he said that he is now just CEO.

The new team president, Yu, is also co-owner. Previously a top executive with Facebook, Youtube and Yahoo, Yu joined the 49ers in April of 2011 as chief strategy officer. He will be responsible for all business operations. Baalke will continue to lead all football operations. Both will report to York.

"It's a good day for the 49ers," York told CSNBayArea.com.

Last season was Baalke's seventh season with the 49ers and his 14th in the National Football League. He was named general manager on January 4, 2011.

In a press release York praised Baalke's work over the past year, which was highlighted by a berth in the NFC Championship.

Without question Trent has distinguished himself as the man to direct our football operations for years to come," York said in a statement. "Since taking over as general manager last January, we have made great strides on the football field under Trents leadership. It gives me great pleasure to watch Trent and (head coach) Jim (Harbaugh) work arm-in-arm with the common goal of leading the 49ers to championships.

He is credited with overseeing a stellar 2011 draft that netted pass-rushing specialist Aldon Smith, who finished with 14 sacks last season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, cornerback Chris Culliver and running back Kendall Hunter.

In 2010 his guidance on draft day led to the selection of eight players who made San Francisco's Week 1 roster. The class included first-rounders Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, who both went on to start every game of their rookie year.

Prior to his current post, Baalke was San Francisco's vice president of player personnel. He's also served as the team's director of player personnel.

Baalke was first hired by the 49ers in 2005 as their western region scout, after working for the Redskins as national scout and then college scouting coordinator. He was also a scout for the Jets from 1998 to 2000.

From 1990 to 1995, Baalke held the position of defensive linestrength and conditioning coach at South Dakota State. He helped promote former Pro Bowl guard Adam Timmerman and current NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri to scouts.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant defensive line coach at North Dakota State, in 1989. The team finished with a 14-0 record and a Division II National Championship.

I would like to thank Jed, and the York family, for this great opportunity and show of support, Baalke said in a statement released by the team. In addition, I would like to thank coach Harbaugh, as well as our coaches, players, scouts, and entire football operations staff for their hard work and dedication this season. The success we experienced on the field was a direct result of their efforts. It is a privilege to work for the 49ers organization, alongside this group, as we continue our pursuit of championships.

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

SANTA CLARA – The two quarterbacks who finish this season with the 49ers are probably going to be the same two quarterbacks the organization carry on their 2018 roster.

So every decision coach Kyle Shanahan makes with C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppolo is being made to consider what is best for those two players.

Shanahan made the expected announcement this week that Beathard will make his fifth consecutive start on Sunday when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Beathard is coming off his best game as a pro. He was a major contributor to the 49ers’ first victory of the season, throwing for 288 yards, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. His performance seemingly did enough to earn him another start.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo pulled up to 49ers headquarters on Oct. 31 with no prior knowledge of Shanahan’s offensive system. Even as a rookie, Beathard has five more months of experience in the 49ers’ offense than Garoppolo, a four-year professional who made just two starts during his time with the New England Patriots.

“We’ve had C.J. in there for some time,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting more used to it, and I’m getting more used to him. The players are getting more used to him around him. It’s been nice to add a few things each week for him.”

General manager John Lynch reiterated this week he considers Garoppolo the 49ers’ quarterback of the future. Garoppolo is not under contract for next season. If the 49ers are unable to work out a multi-year extension, the club would be expected to designate him as their franchise player to retain him for the 2018 season.

Garoppolo is likely to get some playing time in the final six games of the season, but the 49ers have every reason to take their time in order to give him the best chance at success. On the first three days of the bye week, Garoppolo had a chance to go back to the beginning and learn the basics of the scheme in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and Shanahan.

Shanahan’s scheme is complex with unique verbiage and an abundance of adjustments that are required on any given play. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan took a step backward in his first season in Shanahan's scheme. The next year, Ryan was a runaway MVP winner with a career-high 38 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions.

It took Ryan a full season of experience with Shanahan to fully grasp his responsibilities, so it is unreasonable to believe Garoppolo would be able to do much more than just function if he gets onto the field for extended action.

“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He just hasn’t been here long enough, and I think he’ll get an opportunity to be better each week.

“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year because that’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely, to me, made the decision easier.”