Ex-49ers earn Super Bowl rings with Giants


Ex-49ers earn Super Bowl rings with Giants

Two former 49ers and a 2009 draft pick of the 49ers will be getting Super Bowl rings as members of the New York Giants. The only former 49ers player on the New England Patriots is defensive end Andre Carter, who is on injured reserve and did not play.
Center David Baas: The 49ers selected Baas with the 33rd overall pick (first selection of the second round) in the 2005 draft. It wasn't until 2009 that Baas became the full-time starter at left guard with the 49er. In 2010, he moved to center and started all 16 games.Baas was named the back-to-back winner of the Bobb McKittrick Award as the 49ers lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time line coach.It appeared Baas would return to the 49ers for the 2011 season when he flew cross country from Florida to take part in one day of "Camp Alex." But when free agency opened, the Giants came through with a five-year, 27.5 million contract that included 11.5 million guaranteed.The 49ers were not interested in competing with those dollar figures.Baas started 11 games for the Giants this season and had an up-and-down season. But he played well Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI. He started and played every offensive snap of the Giants' 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Indianapolis.Quarterback David Carr: Carr also took part in the "Camp Alex" sessions, saying he felt good about his future with the 49ers after the arrival of the new coaching staff.After the lockout concluded, the 49ers released Carr with one season remaining on his two-year contract. He returned to the Giants on a one-year contract to serve as Eli Manning's backup. Because Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, was the only Giants quarterback to attempt a pass all season, Carr was never needed.Tight end Bear Pascoe: Officially, he's not considered a former 49er because he never made the team's regular-season roster. But Pascoe, who played collegiately at Fresno State, had a forgettable 2009 training camp with the 49ers after arriving as a sixth-round draft pick.Pascoe's confidence took a pounding during his summer with the 49ers. He struggled as a pass-catcher and as a blocker. There was one memorable scene on the practice field in which Pascoe was matched up against camp invitees in a one-on-one pass rush drill.Pascoe whiffed on his block, and then-tight ends coach Pete Hoener bellowed out like a baseball umpire, "Strike one!" He instructed Pascoe to remain in the drill against another pass-rusher. When Pascoe struggled again, Hoener added a few decibels with a call of "Strike two!" And when Pascoe again failed, Hoener went into full theatrics with a cry of "Steeee-rike three! You're outta here!"A couple weeks later, Pascoe was outta there. The 49ers released him and opted to retain undrafted tight end Joe Jon Finley on the practice squad, instead.Pascoe has clearly gotten the last laugh, though. He latched on with the Giants practice squad in 2009 and saw action in four games late in the season.The past two years, Pascoe has played in all but one game and started 22 times. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the Giants' victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago. And he finished the Super Bowl as the Giants' only healthy tight end and caught each of the four passes thrown his way for 33 yards.

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017


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


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.”