49ers' weekend plan for Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of start vs Bears

49ers' weekend plan for Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of start vs Bears

CHICAGO – After his first week of practice as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo has undoubtedly formed some opinions about which specific plays in the team's game plan he is comfortable executing.

Other plays that might hold a little more uncertainty will end up on the cutting-room floor before the 49ers take the field Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

“People ask, ‘Does he know the whole offense, yet?’ It’s not like that,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3).

“He knows the offense for this week because we put it in for him. And we put it in to attack Chicago. And I think he’s ready to go with all the stuff we have in.”

Shanahan shared the structure of the final 36 hours before Sunday's game:

On Friday evening, he pieces together the opening 24 offensive plays of the game.

“Never do we go 1 through 24, but there are usually 24 plays we plan starting on,” Shanahan said. “We skip around. On Saturday (morning), I’ll show all the guys. (It’s) stuff we’ve been running throughout the week.”

The 49ers have a short walk-through on Saturday. Then, Shanahan returns to his hotel room and watches film for most of the remainder of the day.

The quarterbacks meet at 7:30 p.m. the night before the game.

“I get in there with Jimmy and all the other quarterbacks and for about 45 minutes we go through the game plan,” Shanahan said. “He tells me what he likes and what he’s not comfortable with, and I tell him what I’m thinking.”

Garoppolo might not be as comfortable with as many plays as Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard earlier this season. Shanahan said he will have the option to repeat play calls against the Bears.

“It depends on what (defenses) they’re playing,” Shanahan said. “I have no problem repeating plays. If something works and they don’t adjust, I’ll definitely keep doing it until they adjust.

“The goal is to put the defense in a bind, so if there’s something you’re successful with and puts their scheme under pressure, then you attack in that area until they change. And when they change, you have to change. That’s why you try to put enough stuff into a game plan that allows you to do that.”

Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'


Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

The 49ers’ coaching staff made its feelings known to center Daniel Kilgore throughout the season.

But, in the past, that would not have necessarily meant everyone in the organization had the same thoughts about Kilgore, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The whole season, coaches and I had a good relationship,” Kilgore said Wednesday on conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Just talking and having one-on-ones with various coaches, I had a positive outlook for the future.

“But that’s just one thing. The coaches have an opinion of you, but then there’s also the front office. That’s two totally different things. And I think for the first time in a long time, our coaches and the front office are on the same page.”

Kilgore was working out back home in Tennessee on Wednesday when he signed a three-year contract to avoid hitting the free-agent market. Kilgore, 30, a seven-year NFL veteran, described the contract as a team-friendly deal.

The 49ers presented Kilgore with a contract offer during the season but negotiations did not get serious until just recently. While the 49ers expressed interest in retaining Kilgore, he said he did not know what the future held for him when he packed his belongings from the locker room on the day after the season ended.

“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys,” Kilgore said. “You just never know what will happen at any time, any given day, in the NFL. So toward the end, that last day of clearing out the locker, I didn’t know if I’d be back. I didn’t know if the Niners would want me back.”

Kilgore was named the winner of the organization’s top honor for an offensive lineman. Kilgore won the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. Kilgore started all 29 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, including a career-high 16 games last season.

"I've been here seven years and I consider the Bay Area my second home,” Kilgore said. “To be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team is heading in the right direction, I wanted to be a part of it."

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

Matt Maiocco

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

When Jimmy Garoppolo signed a contract that could pay him up to $137.5 million over the next five years, he was asked what convinced him during his nine weeks with the organization that he wanted to be with the 49ers for the long term.

“I think it was a number of things,” Garoppolo said last week. “The team, the acceptance that they had of me when I first got here from the get-go, the coaching staff, Kyle and Rich. It was a very welcoming environment, and I really liked that. We had some success down the stretch, and you could see that pieces were falling into place. We've got a long way to go, but I think we're moving in the right direction.”

Kyle, of course, is head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rich Scagarello is the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach, and the person from whom Garoppolo spent the most time after arriving in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo earned $3.5 million in his first four NFL seasons. His new contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player, making an average of $27.5 million per season, with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.

Scangarello, appearing this week on The 49ers Insider Podcast, talked about what he learned about Garoppolo from working so closely with him to teach him Shanahan's offense. Scangarello said there is no question in his mind the money will not change Garoppolo’s approach to his work.

“That’s why it was easy for the organization and everyone to invest in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo,” Scangarello said. “I just think that’s not the kind of person he is. If you met his family, you know where he comes from, what he’s about. His brothers, his parents, are just good, solid people people. He’s made of the right stuff and I just don’t see that affecting him in that way.

“It’s just not who he is. That’s the fun part of working with somebody like that every day. When they’re really talented and they appreciate everything and they work at it, you have a chance to be a successful organization and they can be a great player. And I don’t think those things will ever affect him.”