YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- There was no plan this week to write about the New York Jets' backup quarterback.After all, I don't remember ever writing about a backup quarterback on a team facing the 49ers when the starter's job was not in immediate doubt.When reporters who cover the 49ers had Jets coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez on separate conference calls this week, there was not one mention of media darling Tim Tebow.But, then, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio ruined it.Fangio was asked Thursday a general question about the preparing for the Jets. In his answer, he mentioned all the different personnel packages for which the 49ers must prepare.He concluded: "They'll give you the Tebow package, which you have to prepare for, so theyre very multiple."Tebow, a 46.5-percent passer last season with the Denver Broncos, is much more effective as a runner.He gained 660 yards and six touchdowns rushing last season for the Broncos, who won the AFC West and pulled out a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In three games with the Jets, who acquired him in an offseason trade, Tebow has been on the field for 24 offensive snaps and 17 special-teams plays. Tebow is averaging 5.4 yards a rushing attempt. He has not attempted a pass.So does the "Tebow package" pose any real threat to the 49ers?"Well, you have to take it very serious because they'll play him some in there and it's more like it gets back to the college-type offense where there's the gun read," Fangio said. "The quarterback runs where he fakes it and then keeps it and it's just a quarterback power. It's an everyday power, but it's with the 11th guy on the field not the 10th. So you do have to prepare for it."Linebacker Patrick Willis, who has not missed any practice time this week after leaving Sunday's game late with a right ankle sprain, said he watched some Tebow film from last season to help him prepare against the Jets."We know he's had some success running that in Denver, and I think they've run that a few times this year," Willis said. "So it's something we're preparing for, but mostly prepare for their offense, as a whole."We don't know if they're going to try to incorporate a lot of it or use it a little bit. Whatever they decide to do, we're going to be prepared for it."
The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.
The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.
Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.
Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.
The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.
SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.
“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.
“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”
Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.
“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."