Aldon Smith denies getting jumped in Missouri


Aldon Smith denies getting jumped in Missouri

San Francisco 49ers' linebacker Aldon Smith appears to have been involved in an incident early Thursday morning outside a Mexican restaurant and bar in Columbia, Missouri.

Details were unclear at first, but Insider Matt Maiocco has confirmed the 49ers have been in contact with Smith, and a team spokesperson said there is "no substance to the rumors" that Smith was jumped.

Smith, who attended the University of Missouri until 2010, backed up his team's statement, denying being jumped in a tweet at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Didn't get jumped_ stop asking Aldon Smith (@aldonsmithJETS) November 1, 2012
The rumors were first substantiated when Smith tweeted Thursday just before 1 p.m.:

Want to clear up rumors of me getting jumped, I'm ok and doing well! Como! I missed you. Go Tigers!! Aldon Smith (@aldonsmithJETS) November 1, 2012
The rumors started when Ashley Zavala, a sports reporter for NBC's local affiliate KOMU-TV tweeted the following Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m.:

Trouble finds Aldon Smith on bye week: the 49ers OLB was jumped last night near El Rancho restaurant in CoMo. I've been told that he's okay. Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 1, 2012
According to the sports editor of the University of Missouri newspaper, local police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer indicated that "officers were dispatched to address of El Rancho at 1:56 a.m. in reference to a 'disturbance,'" and that the disturbance "was between two black males."

The news is concerning considering Smith has been involved in multiple incidents over the past year. He was arrested and charged with a DUI in Miami Beach in late January, and he was suffered multiple stab wounds at a house party he hosted in July. He was also the passenger of a car that swerved off the road to avoid a deer and ended up on its side in September; Smith suffered a laceration above his right eye.

REWIND: Smith arrested for DUI Smith stabbed at house party

Smith, 23, was drafted seventh overall by the 49ers in 2011. After setting a franchise record with 14 sacks his rookie season last year, Smith has 7.5 sacks through the first eight games of his sophomore campaign with San Francisco.

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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.”