Frank Gore spent the bye week in his hometown of Miami relaxing, spending time with his family and watching other NFL teams play. As soon as he returned to the team facility, one of the first things he did was find his offensive linemen.I told them today we gotta play catch up, a smiling Gore told a group of reporters by his locker after Tuesdays practice. It seemed like nobody wanted to play defense this last week. All these guys ran for over 100 yards. Gore dropped to eighth in the rankings among NFL running backs after Doug Martins 251 yard performance and Adrian Petersons 182 yard outing last weekend. But the eight-year veteran is feeling good. His bruised ribs are nearly back to normal after the time off, and he gets to go back to work with what he says Is the best offensive line hes ever run behind. Im just having fun, Gore said. Just having fun running through the big holes they give me.Even with the week off, the 49ers still put up more rushing yards per game than any other team in the league. They lead the league with 5.6 yards per rush as well. Gores teammates up front give him just as much credit for their runaway success.I love blocking for Frank. I think everybody does, said starting right guard Alex Boone. Hes one of those guys hes a power back. He can be a speed back. He sees a crease and he hits it. To play for a guy like that, unbelievable. Hes tough. He never gives up. Hes always going. His motors always turning. He always wants more. To play for a guy like that you gotta be ready.When Frank gets hit he doesnt always go down right away, adds center Jonathon Goodwin. You see him makes some pretty tough runs. And thats one thing I love about him is hes a physical type guy.The Arizona game showed how the 49ers' passing game benefits when Gore gets going early. Boone said it also served as an example as why their running game needs to get even stronger during the second half of the season. Opponents are stacking the box to stop Gore first. Three of the 49ers' next eight games feature run defenses ranked among the leagues top seven. But Gore is always ready to take on the challenge.Seeing him out there and hes like, 'Come on guys we gotta go we gotta go,' Boone said of Gore. "And the line responds 'Hey, Franks pumped up we gotta go. Lets roll. Gotta get more yards and keep on grinding.'
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.
Grateful for all of our fans. Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 pic.twitter.com/B6Kxu3SrLE— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/lYnC6IA5xQ— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) November 23, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canes and Niners out there!! Love y’all 🙏🏾🙏🏾— Adrian Colbert (@AdrianColbert25) November 23, 2017
Be Kind, Be thoughtful, Be genuine, but most of all, Be thankful #happythanksgivingeveryone— jerryrice (@JerryRice) November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your family and friends! 🍗🌽🍻— Bradley Pinion (@pinion92) November 23, 2017
Happy TG.... I'm Thankful.... Yes Lawd!!!!— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) November 23, 2017
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.”