49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists


49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants concludes . . .Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He played just four snaps of defense. He tracked down David Wilson to force him out of bounds at the end of a 66-yard kickoff return to open second half.
22-Carlos Rogers: He started at left cornerback and played 64 snaps. . . He had three tackles and broke up three passes, but could've had two interceptions, too. . . He was in coverage against Victor Cruz on the 6-yard TD in the second quarter. It appeared as if Donte Whitner was expected to provide inside help. . . Made a good play in coverage to hold Cruz to an 8-yard pass on a third-and-10 late in the first half. . . Dropped what should've been an easy interception in the third quarter while working against Cruz. . . Had another chance for a pick on a deep pass to Cruz, but Rogers did not go up for the ball to catch it at its highest point and Cruz broke up the pass.
25-Tarell Brown: He played all but one snap in the game and had seven tackles, but he also gave up a few plays, too. . . Peeled off his man and had chance to make a play on the ball, but went for Cruz instead. Cruz caught an 11-yard pass on a third-and-6 situation. . . Cruz created separation with a stop-and-go with a comeback for a 16-yard gain in second quarter. On the next play, he had OK coverage on Hakeem Nicks, but Eli Manning made a perfect throw for another 16-yard gain. . Nicks went up to make 26-yard pass against him. Brown was also called for pass interference on the play. . . Made move around TE Bear Pascoe off the left side to block Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt in closing seconds of first half. . . Good coverage against Hixon in end zone for incomplete pass in third quarter. . . Called for offside that gave the Giants a first down on a field-goal attempt.
26-Tramaine Brock: He did not play on defense.
27-C.J. Spillman: He played one snap on defense in a goal-line situation.
28-Darcel McBath: He did not play any defense, but contributed 21 plays on special teams.
29-Chris Culliver: He played 20 snaps of defense and had his least-effective game as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback. . . He had four tackles. . . Struggled against Giants WR Domenik Hixon, allowing a 39-yard pass on a third-and-6 in the second quarter. Three plays later Hixon had a 16-yard catch at the sideline against Culliver on a third-and-8. Also gave up catches of 9 and 14 yards to Hixon in the second quarter.
30-Trenton Robinson: Was not active (coaches' decision).
31-Donte Whitner: He recorded five tackles and had one tackle for a loss. . . Shifted to shadow Victor Cruz went in motion but bit hard on run fake on 6-yard TD pass to Cruz in second quarter.
38-Dashon Goldson: He played all but one snap in the game and recorded eight tackles, and attacked the line of scrimmage in the run game, and had one tackle for a loss. . . Missed tackle in open field on RB Ahmad Bradshaw, enabling him to pick up final 8 yards on a 23-yard carry in the fourth quarter.Specialists
2-David Akers: He missed two of his three field-goal attempts. . . Good snap and hold, but hooked 43-yard attempt wide right at end of 49ers' opening drive. . . Again, was provided a perfect snap and hold on 52-yard attempt at end of first half. He pushed that one wide left.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 49.8 yards (49.3 net) on four punts with one punt inside the 20-yard line.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores with no problems.

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017


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


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.”