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Shanahan: 49ers made right decision to release Brock

Shanahan: 49ers made right decision to release Brock

SANTA CLARA – Coach Kyle Shanahan insisted there was no intent to send a message with the 49ers’ decision to release cornerback Tramaine Brock last week.

Less than four hours after news of Brock getting arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident, the 49ers announced in a one-sentence statement that Brock was no longer an employee of the organization.

Even if a broad statement from the new regime was not intended, that is definitely how it was received.

“It definitely sends the message to do the right things, not only on the field but off the field,” 49ers veteran left tackle Joe Staley said.

Shanahan said the decision to release Brock was not taken lightly, as the organization began trying to find out as many facts about the incident as possible.

“It was a tough situation because it’s a big deal and you don’t have all of the information,” Shanahan said. “My first time going through it. I found out how hard it is to kind of get all the information. So we spent most of the day trying to figure out all the information you can, as much as you can get, and you never do get all of it, but there was enough there that we felt it was the decision we had to make and move on from.”

NBC Bay Area’s Robert Handa first reported Friday morning Brock was arrested for felony domestic violence and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

Brock's girlfriend, who is also the mother of his two children, called 911, NBC Bay Area report, citing sources. Officers at the scene found the woman had marks around her neck, according to the report.

The 49ers announced Brock’s release on Friday afternoon. Brock, 28, who started the 31 games the past two seasons, was projected as a starter again this season.

“You’re dealing with people’s lives, so I’d never want to use a situation as sending a message,” Shanahan said. “It’s just us trying to do the right thing, whatever that is. I think each situation’s different and you’ve got to look into every situation, gather all the information that you can. When you do, you try as hard as you can to make the right decision. And I think that’s what I felt we did.”

General manager John Lynch spoke with Brock after his arrest, Shanahan said.

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Shanahan: Garoppolo's best football will come next season

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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.”