49ers trading for Jimmy Garoppolo a defining moment of Lynch-Shanahan era


49ers trading for Jimmy Garoppolo a defining moment of Lynch-Shanahan era

The San Francisco 49ers now have their quarterback of the future, and the New England Patriots have Tom Brady.

For the moment, the Patriots still win. Down the road, though . . .

Well, down the road is all the 49ers have, as we all know. And Jimmy Garoppolo is the road they have chosen to travel.

In dealing the higher of their two second-round picks to get Garoppolo, the Patriots’ now former heir apparent to Brady, the 49ers have decided not to spend $30 million on Kirk Cousins, and may even decide to trade down from their place atop the first round list to get more picks to turn into more players.

All of which they need, desperately.

But the baseline is still the same – the 49ers have gone all in on Jimmy Garoppolo as their future, and guessing right solves their biggest problem for perhaps as much as a decade, while guessing wrong sets the franchise back at least three more years.

In short, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have decided to push it all in eight games into their tenure, a level of impatience/urgency that both inspires and frightens. This is the defining moment of their era to date, and if you are an action junkie who lives for trades and trade deadlines, you approve wholeheartedly.

And the only thing that really worries you is this: Bill Belichick doesn’t shed people he thinks are both skilled and cost-effective, and those who deal with him do so at their peril. That’s how he got to be Bill Belichick.

But Belichick is always dealing from strength, and the 49ers are dealing from catastrophic weakness. That they only had to spend a high second pick for a chance to recreate their future speaks to that weakness and to their wisdom in not getting taken for more.

In short, the 49ers have done well to get the deal of the day. But they need it to be the deal of the decade, and then have the draft of the decade, and then the draft of the decade again. Jimmy Garoppolo is the best thing Lynch and Shanahan have done since they got here. Now they have to do it again, and again, and then again.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

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.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

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."