Answering the 'Did the 49ers overpay for Jimmy Garoppolo?' question


Answering the 'Did the 49ers overpay for Jimmy Garoppolo?' question

Before the Jimmy Garoppolo/49er ManChild and “This Must Mean New England Will Sign Colin Kaepernick” fantasies go too far afield, let’s remember the first fantasy of all – that Garoppolo would fetch the Patriots a handsome ransom.

For all the ravings that Bill Belichick refused all offers for him, and that as Tom Brady’s prince regent he would fetch multiple first round picks, Garoppolo actually only netted a draft choice that will be no higher than 33rd overall. Plus, the clock was ticking on any deal, because the likelihood that once he was franchised at the $20 million-plus figure he would surely command would diminish come the offseason.

Thus, now was the last best time for Belichick to deal Garoppolo, and the 49ers had a sufficiently appealing pick – in that it was clearly the best the Patriots could get.

Of course, that suggests that other teams who might have been in the market for him decided he wasn’t worth even that, which begs the seemingly unthinkable question, “Did the 49ers overpay for Jimmy Garoppolo?”

And the answer to that is “no,” because a possible franchise quarterback is better than what they had in Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard. And the 49ers need to feel and sell hope more than they need to search for bargains.

Thus, the only real issue is whether Jimmy Garoppolo is the future, or just another frantic stab in the dark to a team that already has more than enough self-applied knife wounds. And that won’t be known for years – just like everything else about this franchise.

That’s what pique and stubbornness get you. That’s what’s what impetuousness and reliance on the wrong people gets you. That’s what three years of inertia in a highly competitive field gets you – the jeweled mystery that is Jimmy Garoppolo.

And the only thing left is to listen to the wind, and see if you can catch a faint “Heh heh heh” from Bill Belichick’s office.

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.”

49ers claim pass-rusher off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim pass-rusher off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker/defensive end 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 after recording 13 of his 15 career sacks at UCLA in his final two seasons.

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.