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.”

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR


Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation


Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.