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Carlos Rogers does 'The Cruz'

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Carlos Rogers does 'The Cruz'

Carlos Rogers phone blew up with voice mail and texts after his first career game with two interceptions. But the messages werent all congratulatory, specifically the ones from his friends who play for the team the 49ers just beat 27-20.Some of Giants players I know told me, Dont come on our sideline doing his dance, Rogers said flashing a larger-than-life smile.They were talking about the salsa-type moves Rogers busted out after his first pick in the second quarter. He performed the shimmy right in front of the Giants bench, and the New York players recognized the dance immediately.Victor Cruz, every time he scores he does that dance. So, once I got the pick on him I just did it right there. Surprised I didnt get the flag, Rogers said laughing loudly and noting that the Giants players calls were all in good fun.RELATED: NFL leaders -- interceptions
Rogers had reason to smile as he retold the event. The talented young Cruz, the Giants' leading receiver, had the veteran corner running all over Sunday, and Rogers admits, he often got the best of him causing a bit of frustration.That Victor Cruz is real hot right now. Hes an unbelievable player, Rogers said. When you get a quick guy like that in the slot youve got your work cut out for you.But Rogers remained patient and stuck to a philosophy of being aggressive and taking risks.You cant go in afraid to make a mistake. If you make a mistake, the game aint over, Rogers said. Thats my mindset throughout the game.Rogers patience paid off when Eli Manning went after Rogers on back-to-back plays. Cruz was the target both times. Rogers recognized that the receiver ran the same route on both plays, and on the second throw, grabbed his first pick of the game.The play before, I played off and he kind of gave me a move to the inside, and I went for it. Im glad he dropped the pass. The second one I pressed him, Rogers said. Once I seen him go up I was like, Ok, this man has got to be running the corner route. If he ran something else he had me.But Rogers isnt just relying on great guesswork. Head coach Jim Harbaugh praised Rogers instincts, his game preparation and for knowing when to take those risks within the 49ers defensive scheme. Rogers nabbed his second interception in the fourth quarter when he recognized a dig route and jumped Mario Manningham. The takeaway gave the 49ers the ball on the Giants 17 yard line and set them up for what would be the game winning touchdown. But the pick off of Cruz still holds favored status.Especially on him, I had to do it, Rogers said. After that man had caught a couple of passes, to get a pick at that time, going into the half, that was a relief. I was just happy so I had to do his dance.

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

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What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. 

Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

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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.”