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Agent: Free-agent QB Garrard is in 'listening mode'

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Agent: Free-agent QB Garrard is in 'listening mode'

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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UPDATE (1:18 p.m.): Coach Jim Harbaugh did not close the door on the possibility the 49ers are pursuing free-agent quarterback David Garrard, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars released Tuesday.Are the 49ers interested in Garrard?"I'm not going to comment on that," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "We're interested in one thing, that's what makes our football team better. That's a blanket statement on how we approach any move that can help our football team or better our football team. Is it good for our football team? There's only one priority."
Are the 49ers one of the five teams that called Tuesday to inquire about the services of free-agent quarterback David Garrard?"I've been sworn to secrecy," Garrard's agent, Al Irby, told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday.Irby is spending the day returning phone calls to inform those teams what Garrard is thinking, just one day after the Jacksonville Jaguars surprisingly released their starting quarterback of the past five seasons.
"He's disappointed that the Jaguars released him, particular the way they did it," Irby said. "But there are no hard feelings. It's a business and they can do whatever they want. He's looking forward. Sometimes things like this work out well. Look at (Drew) Brees and Kurt Warner. They switched teams and went on to have great success."RELATED: Jags release Garrard days before season opener
Irby said Garrard received more interest than even he anticipated. Now, Garrard will look for the team that gives him the best chance to get on the field, Irby said."He knows he can lead a team to the playoffs, if that team has the weapons around the quarterback," Irby said.Irby said Garrard will continue to weigh his options and look for the best fit for his services.
"We're in listening mode right," Irby said. "So, come on."
There is no indication the 49ers are one of the interested teams, but it is known that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh thought highly of Garrard leading up to the 2002 draft.While the 49ers were doing their homework on Harbaugh prior to hiring him, the club obtained some of his draft write-ups on the quarterback class of 2002. When Harbaugh was a Raiders assistant, he placed a high grade on Garrard. The Jaguars selected Garrard in the fourth round, which Harbaugh had rated as a steal, a 49ers source told CSNBayArea.com in January.But do the 49ers have a need for Garrard?Alex Smith is the 49ers' starting quarterback. Behind Smith, the 49ers have rookies Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien.The Jaguars on Tuesday declded to keep Luke McCown as their starter with rookie Blaine Gabbert as the backup. Last season, Garrard started 14 games for the Jaguars. He completed 64.5 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His passer rating was 90.8, which was statistically better than his performance in 2009, when he was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

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49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

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Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”