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Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

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Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."

John Lynch: Football not about secrets, 'it should flatter Pete Carroll'

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John Lynch: Football not about secrets, 'it should flatter Pete Carroll'

During his time as a broadcaster, John Lynch spent a decent amount of time with Pete Carroll during TV production meetings.

And on Wednesday, the Seahawks' head coach said some interesting things about the 49ers' general manager:

“I’m kind of disappointed he went on to be a GM in our division because I like John a lot,” Carroll told reporters. "He asked a lot of questions – more than most guys do. We went into a lot of depth.

"So he does know how we think. Whether that’s becoming part of what they (the 49ers) do, I don’t know.”

On Friday morning, Lynch was asked about Carroll's comments.

"He joked with me both at the combine and at the owners meetings. Pete and I have a very good relationship," Lynch said on KNBR 680. "But I could tell there was some truth (laughter). I spent some time trying to convince him that I promise this thing hasn't been brewing for years.

"I didn't know that I was gonna end up the general manager of the 49ers, let alone be a general manager at all.

"To be honest -- what I was doing -- my parents taught me anything you do you want to be the best at it. And when I was a broadcaster, that's a way you could let fans in. 

"I just have a natural curiosity for the game of football. It should flatter Pete Carroll because he's a guy that I was fascinated with -- the way he runs an organization. And so it was more those type of philosophical things."

So what did Lynch glean from Carroll?

"One thing that I probably learned from him is just that these season's are grinds," Lynch answered. "They really are. I knew that from playing in this league. They are long and tough and hard seasons, both physicall and mentally. And I think Pete has a tremendous positivity to him ... it's why I was fascinated with him.

"It's really in line with what I believe in life -- you be relentlessly positive but also have high expectations. And I've seen him in tough situations -- they've got some players with personalities up there and I've seen him handle those, and handle them in a way that I really respect. He lets people's personalities shine, but he also keeps the team together...

"You're in there, you're curious, you ask questions and he shared. But ultimately, this game is not about secrets. It's about who's gonna go execute, who's gonna go make plays when the game's on the line."

The 49ers play the Seahawks in Seattle this Sunday.

Pete Carroll disappointed John Lynch is GM in NFC West

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Pete Carroll disappointed John Lynch is GM in NFC West

Through the years as an analyst on FOX Sports’ No. 2 NFL broadcast team, John Lynch had ample opportunity to sit down with Seattle coach Pete Carroll.

During production meetings, a routine in which the announcers meet with coaches and players a day before the broadcast, Lynch went deep during his conversations with Carroll.

In fact, Lynch called the Seahawks’ playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons last season. Less than a month later, Lynch teamed up with then-Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers.

The 49ers will face the Seahawks on Sunday in Week 2 of the NFL regular season.

“I’m kind of disappointed he went on to be a GM in our division because I like John a lot,” Carroll said Wednesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“He asked a lot of questions – more than most guys do. We went into a lot of depth. So he does know how we think. Whether that’s becoming part of what they (the 49ers) do, I don’t know.”

Carroll said he is not surprised that Lynch yearned to return to the competitiveness of the NFL. After all, Lynch was a nine-time Pro Bowl safety with Tampa Bay and Denver. In looking back on it, Carroll can see that Lynch had front-office aspirations.

“I don’t think there’s any question, the way he went about finding his information and getting answers to things,” Carroll said. “He was in-depth beyond where most guys go. He wanted to know why. And ‘What were you thinking?’ Those kinds of things. I didn’t really put it together. I thought he’d be doing Monday Night Football or something, some day.

“He was adding up his background and reservoir of information at the time. It makes sense it came out to get him a GM job.”