LANDOVER, Md. – Coach Kyle Shanahan has said he would not hesitate to make a change at quarterback if he felt it would help the 49ers’ offense.
Shanahan finally made that move on Sunday with the 49ers trailing Washington, 14-0, and the team’s offense going nowhere in the first half.
Rookie C.J. Beathard entered the game with 6:39 remaining in the second quarter to replace struggling veteran starter Brian Hoyer.
Hoyer has played inconsistently this season, and he got off to another slow start on Sunday. Hoyer completed just four of 11 pass attempts for 34 yards before Shanahan gave him the hook.
Beathard, who did not attempt a pass in the 49ers’ first five games, entered and immediately completed his first pass of the game – a 13-yard throw to tight end Garrett Celek over the middle. The 49ers ended up punting at the end of Beathard's first series, as former Iowa teammate George Kittle dropped a third-down pass that would have netted a first down.
The 49ers traded up into the back end of the third round to select Beathard in the draft. The 49ers carry just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.
Beathard completed 6 of 14 pass attempts in the first half for 89 yards. He led the 49ers down the field late in the second quarter, and Carlos Hyde scored on a 1-yard touchdown drive to cut Washington’s lead to 17-7 at halftime.
Former Raiders running back Marcus Allen knows a thing or two about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
August marks 15 years since his induction, which came six years after his retirement from the NFL. He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Monte Poole during The Happy Hour on Friday that the honor's meaning was "hard to put into words."
Consider Allen surprised, then, that soon-to-be-inducted Terrell Owens will skip the ceremony in Canton, OH on August 4.
"It's mind-boggling to me because I think there is no greater platform in the football world than the Hall of Fame to really sort of say 'thank you' to all the people that have helped you get there," Allen said from the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.
"No man's an island. We didn't get there by ourselves," Allen continued. "My father [introduced me] and I wanted the world to know who supported me [along the way]."
Allen added that he thinks Owens will regret the decision in the long run.
The former 49ers wide receiver will commemorate his induction on August 4 with a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 3:17 p.m. CT (1:17 p.m. PT), hours before the festivities in Canton. The Hall of Fame won't mention Owens at the ceremony, but will maill him his gold jacket that day.
Legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice has a case as good as anyone as the greatest football player of all time.
He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and a 10-time first-team All-Pro. He's the NFL career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208).
But you don't need us to tell you. The former 49ers and Raiders wideout made the case for himself with some colorful language to Charles Barkley at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe.
We couldn't have put it better ourselves.