Harbaugh turns page on loss to Giants


Harbaugh turns page on loss to Giants

SANTA CLARA -- Typically, the 49ers players get Mondays off after a Sunday game. On Tuesdays, they return to watch the film of the previous game.The weekly routine is altered this week, as the 49ers must get ready to play on Thursday.The 49ers must quickly get over their 26-3 thumping at the hands of the New York Giants. They will not even watch the complete film of Sunday's game because there's another game coming up in a hurry.
"I don't think any of us feel we had our best day," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "Certainly, wouldn't be human if you didn't hurt today. But there's no time. You got to dust yourself and rise."Harbaugh faced nearly 15 minutes of questions about the 49ers' failed plan and execution against the Giants. He did not offer any specifics when asked about the breakdowns.REWIND: Maiocco's Instant Replay: N.Y. Giants 26, 49ers 3
He said the 49ers do not have time to dwell on the mistakes. Harbaugh said the 49ers will review Sunday's game against the Giants "more on paper" rather than studying the game film.
"We're going to have to move on to Seattle," he said.The 49ers (4-2) are in a three-way tie with the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals for first place in the NFC West.STALEY UPDATE: Left tackle Joe Staley, removed from Sunday's game with a concussion, will meet with an independent neurologist Monday, Harbaugh said. His status for Thursday's is in question."Joe will see the neurologist and he'll make that determination," Harbaugh said.If Staley is unavailable, Alex Boone will likely start at left tackle with veteran Leonard Davis filling in at right guard. Boone started the first six games at right guard.
KAEPERNICK PACKAGE: For the third game, the 49ers sprinkled in run-pass threat Colin Kaepernick, the backup quarterback, into the game in place of Alex Smith. But Harbaugh said Kaepernick's involvement is not an indication that the team believes Smith does not give them everything they desire from the starter."We have been using Colin as an added weapon," Harbaugh said. "We feel like we're getting plenty of everything from Alex Smith."Said Smith on Sunday, "When it's working, it's great. It's like everything when we're winning. He's coming in to change up, for the most part. I don't know about (this game). Part of this is that it had been efficient. With Kaepernick going in there, he had been playing well."
UNDERUTILIZED GORE: Frank Gore carried the ball eight times for 36 yards in the first half. He did not carry the ball at all in the second half.The 49ers fell behind by 14 points after the Giants scored on their first drive of the second half. But Harbaugh said the 49ers did not scrap their game plan to go into catch-up mode until after the Giants made it 23-3."Not until we were down the three, late in the third quarter, did we feel we needed to get into the no-huddle tempo to try to maximize our possessions and give yourself enough possession to get the game won," Harbaugh said.

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.”