The one thing missing from Jimmy Garoppolo's first start with 49ers


The one thing missing from Jimmy Garoppolo's first start with 49ers

The Jimmy Garoppolo Era has begun with a glorious triumph that lacked only one thing you like to see from your quarterback.
Even one.
The San Franciscii won their second game of this forlorn season, 15-14, over the equally moribund Chicago Bears, and did so in a way that reminded its most devoted followers of the halcyon days of the Jimmy Harbaugh Era.
With field goals.
Garoppolo put up nice fantasy numbers – 293 yards on 26 of 37 attempts – but he will be defined over the long haul by touchdowns produced, not passing yards, and Sunday was his first real glimpse of what he is up against in turning this ocean liner around.
What he is skilled at right now is making fans feel good about their quarterback for the first time since the early days of He-Whose-Name-Shall-Not-Be-Mentioned. He looks like Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard and Blaine Gabbert did not – a long-term solution to their most nagging of their many issues.
But his first game showed how difficult his transition will be. The 49ers, after all, are not just lacking a quarterback, but many things in many areas, and the only thing we learned Sunday is that the Bears are worse. Maybe Mitchell Trubisky can be a classic Bears quarterback, with lousy numbers on a run-and-defense-heavy team, but that depends on their talent acquisition skills.
Besides, this isn’t the day to declare Garoppolo anything except a handsome if slightly swarthy SOTB (Son Of The Boot). He did what was required Sunday, throwing an interception which was actually just a theft of a completion, and he gave off an aura of command with his new playmates, but it’s still too early to assume anything but his capability if provided sufficient weaponry and tutelage.
That is true of all quarterbacks, though. Tom Brady separated from Bill Belichick might not be Tom Brady (or, of course, vice versa) just as Joe Montana separated from Bill Walsh might not be Joe Montana (or, of course, vice versa). Neither quarterbacks nor coaches live in a vacuum, and Garoppolo could make Kyle Shanahan as Shanahan makes Garoppolo.
Or not. It depends, ultimately, on what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have planned to fulfill Garoppolo’s destiny. And that takes more time than we have here to suss out.
But he is 1-0, largely through the good graces of Robbie Gould’s foot – just as Phil Dawson hid the sins of Garoppolo’s predecessors, and David Akers (except for 2012) before him and Joe Nedney before him.
So maybe Garoppolo’s true test will be how quickly he makes Gould obsolete by making him a conversion rather than a field goal specialist. Garoppolo’s ultimate job, after all, will be managing touchdowns, not field position. The 49ers rank third in field goals and field goals attempted over the last eight years while ranking 28th in touchdowns, and if Garoppolo fixes that, then he is worth all the hype and all the money and all the free drinks he can generate.
We will monitor. After all, we have little else to do.

Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR


Source: 49ers sign son of former NFL WR

The 49ers have signed wide receiver Max McCaffrey off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, a source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Bay Area.

The NFL Network first reported the 49ers’ move.

The team could place wide receiver Victor Bolden on injured reserve to make roster space for McCaffrey. Bolden sustained an ankle injury in the 49ers’ 26-16 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans.

McCaffrey (6 foot 2, 200 pounds) is a second-year player from Duke. He is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the older brother of former Stanford star and Carolina Panthers rookie Christian McCaffrey.

Max McCaffrey appeared in five games this season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, catching one pass for 4 yards.

He originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted rookie and spent time with Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville before returning to the Packers’ practice squad in October.

Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation


Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.