C.J. Beathard

49ers GM John Lynch: 'Right now, we don't need him'

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49ers GM John Lynch: 'Right now, we don't need him'

When the 49ers acquired their presumptive franchise quarterback in a trade last month, there were two major complications that contributed to skepticism about the future.

Jimmy Garoppolo came to the 49ers with a resume that consisted of only two starts in four NFL seasons. Moreover, Garoppolo was under contract for only half a season before he would be scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

Nothing has changed since Garoppolo arrived from New England with six suitcases packed with clothes and belongings – other than the 49ers appear to feel more resolute in their belief Garoppolo is not just a rental.

General manager John Lynch, the man who must ultimately decide the team’s decision on how to handle Garoppolo’s contract status, said he does not necessarily need coach Kyle Shanahan to quickly assign Garoppolo the starting role to determine his value to the organization.

“No, I don’t think so,” Lynch said for “49ers Game Plan,” which will air Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Ch. 3). “We know what we like about Jimmy Garoppolo. And that’s only been strengthened by the time that’s he’s been here. We’re just going to let these things play out. That’s in Kyle’s hands.

“People have had all these ideas about why we got Jimmy. We got Jimmy because we think he has big-time ability at the quarterback position. And we believe so much – to get where we need to get – you have to have a franchise quarterback. We think he’s got that ability. Whether that happens, when that happens, we’ll see. But we certainly like his future with the 49ers.”

The 49ers, currently on their bye week, are coming off their first victory of the season. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard played his best game, throwing for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 win over the New York Giants.

Garoppolo is spending his bye week in Santa Clara, meeting with coaches, to continue his cramming of the team’s playbook and offensive philosophy.

“The plan is to continue to get him ready,” Lynch said. “It’s a very different system he played under. A great system, but a different system he played under in New England. And Kyle’s system is complex for a quarterback. There’s a lot of verbiage in every play call. There are a lot of adjustments on every play call that the quarterback controls.

“We want to set Jimmy up for success and also the way C.J.’s playing is helping us sit back. And now we have a bye week. They’re going to work hard during this week to get him up to speed. But right now, we don’t need him. C.J. just played a great game and his teammates really believe in him. We think it’s nothing but a good situation.”

Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

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Beathard cherishes role in emotional Goodwin touchdown

SANTA CLARA – The quarterback who delivered the pass that resulted in Marquise Goodwin’s emotion-packed touchdown did not know the sorrow with which his teammate was playing.

“I had no clue,” 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

Beathard, like many of his teammates, did not find out Marquise and Morgan Goodwin lost their baby boy in the early morning on Sunday due to complications during pregnancy. Beathard learned about the tragedy after the game – a game in which Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass.

“That shows a lot about who he is,” Beathard said. “He’s a great dude. The night before – I didn’t even realize – he probably didn’t sleep. I’m sure he got no sleep the night before and went out and played. There are a lot of guys in that situation who would not have been able to do that. He showed a lot to us, the tough guy that he is.

“Our prayers have been with him and his family. I can’t even imagine going through that. He’s just a genuine dude, and it was awesome to have him have that big touchdown."

A clearly distraught Goodwin arrived at Levi’s Stadium 3 ½ hours before kickoff Sunday against the New York Giants and met with 49ers officials before deciding to play. The 49ers entered the game short-handed at the receiver position. Goodwin played 48 of the 49ers' 61 offensive snaps.

“I just met him up here and a few of us did and talked to him,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He was struggling with it for obvious reasons. He decided to play, which we were very grateful for. I think he did a hell of a job for his wife being there for her and helped out his family from that aspect, and also helped out his family here, too. I think he helped out every side and was pretty impressive.”

Goodwin also provided a key block to clear the sideline for tight end Garrett Celek on a 47-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Earlier, everything came together on Goodwin’s long touchdown reception. His emotions poured out in the end zone as he fell to his knees in prayer.

“I think it meant a ton to him , and you see that when he crosses the goal line,” Beathard said. “It’s like he releases all the (emotion). It was an emotional moment for him. Now knowing what he went through the night before, I’m glad I was a part of that and the way that play worked out.”

Shanahan: No decision on 49ers QB after bye week

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Shanahan: No decision on 49ers QB after bye week

SANTA CLARA – Backup-for-now 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was the only player in uniform who did not get into the action on Sunday to experience the 49ers’ 31-21 victory over the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium.

Afterward, coach Kyle Shanahan disputed any suggestion that the 49ers have already decided to move Garoppolo into the starting lineup when the club next plays, after the bye week, on Nov. 26 against the Seattle Seahawks.

“That’s not my plan,” Shanahan said. “I don’t have a plan, yet.”

Shanahan said he will take a lot of factors into consideration to determine whether rookie C.J. Beathard will remain as the starter. Beathard has taken every snap at quarterback since replacing veteran Brian Hoyer in the second quarter of the 49ers’ Oct. 15 game at Washington. Garoppolo has been in uniform for both games since the 49ers acquired him from the New England Patriots in a trade for a second-round draft pick.

“I’m going to continue to work with Jimmy over the bye week, here and there,” Shanahan said. “We’ve got some rotations of some coaches doing that to catch him up. We’ll get a bonus practice next Monday (Nov. 20), and that will be to get everyone loose and get them back from their time off and we’ll see where it goes from there.

“Then we’ll start the evaluation Wednesday (Nov. 22), Thursday, Friday. But it’s not just about C.J. It’s not just about Jimmy. There’s a lot of things that go into it.”

Beathard sustained an injury the thumb on his throwing hand at the end of his 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. But Beathard said nothing was going to prevent him from taking the final snaps in Sunday’s win.

“I just wanted to stick it out there with those guys and finish,” Beathard said. “I wanted to finish the game in a victory formation and be able to kneel the ball and that’s what we did. It was the first one of the year and it was just an awesome feeling.”

Beathard, a third-round draft pick from Iowa, had his best game as a pro, completing 19 of 25 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 123.4. In addition to his touchdown run, Beathard also ran out the final 1 minute, 2 seconds of the game with three kneeldowns.