Cowboys fans cheer last and loudest


Cowboys fans cheer last and loudest

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Matt MaioccoCSNBayArea.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers fans who showed up in team gear for the "Red Out" ended up leaving Candlestick Park on Sunday feeling quite blue.It's difficult to estimate how many of the announced crowd of 69,732 fans supported the Dallas Cowboys, but a conservative estimate is a quarter of the fans were rooting against the home team.But, as far as the noise level, Cowboys fans nearly equaled the decibels generated Sunday by the 49ers fans throughout the game. Of course, those wearing blue got the last and loudest cheers when the Cowboys pulled off the 27-24 victory in overtime."There were a lot of Cowboys fans in the stands today," 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. "It felt like kind of an away game."The 49ers this week tried to market a "Red Out," encouraging fans to show up at Candlestick decked out in red.
In 2005, first-year 49ers coach Mike Nolan was not pleased with the number of Cowboys fans who found their way inside of Candlestick Park. "I would like 49ers fans to keep their tickets," Nolan said after Cowboys fans forced the 49ers to call a late-game timeout because crowd noise.Perhaps, Jim Harbaugh knew what to expect. The 49ers had crowd noise blaring at practice -- something that is generally only done in preparation of road games. Harbaugh said it was to prepare the 49ers' defense to communicate when things got loud.When asked about the large contingent of Cowboys fans on Sunday, Harbaugh said, "I thought our crowd was into it. There was obviously some Cowboys fans there that were loud. That's my only reaction."

John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'


John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.

But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.

“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”

Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.

Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.

"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.

Garcia: Best for 49ers to stick with Beathard over Garoppolo for now


Garcia: Best for 49ers to stick with Beathard over Garoppolo for now

A large portion of the 49ers’ fan base might be eager to see Jimmy Garoppolo take the field as the team’s starting quarterback. But four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia believes it is best to stick with C.J. Beathard, for now.

“Because I know how important the mental side of the quarterback position is, I want to make sure Jimmy is fully comfortable and ready to grasp that,” Garcia said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“Right now, after this past game, I want to see C.J. respond with another game and start to show some consistency. This will be a great challenge against a West division rival in the Seattle Seahawks.”

Beathard has started four games since taking over for veteran Brian Hoyer. Garoppolo was acquired three weeks ago in a trade with the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick.

Garoppolo spent his first two games with the 49ers as the team’s backup quarterback. The 49ers return to action Sunday against the Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

“They know what they like in Jimmy Garoppolo,” said Garcia, now an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area. “They’re able to see him every single day in practice, and they know what he brings to the table, as far as how he learns, how he mentally adapts, adjusts and grows within the system. It gives him more time to get confident.

“It’s not an easy system to pick up, especially when you haven’t had anything that really relates to that system in your recent past. Going from New England to San Francisco is like learning an entirely new language.”