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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo rebounds from five-straight-interception day

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo rebounds from five-straight-interception day

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The first practice after 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw five interceptions in a row, he and the offense bounced back with a better day, but there’s still room for improvement. 

Garoppolo, who is normally even-tempered, reported that he was pretty upset with his performance after the 'five-pick' practice. He has since had time to look at the positives of learning from those turnovers. 

“You guys are seeing me a couple days removed,” Garoppolo said. “That day I was pretty ticked off but the defense got the best of me that day. We’ve battled back and forth. It’s been good for us, it’s been good for them. It’s only going to lead to a better football team.”

In his explanation, Garoppolo even paid an ode to Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s more famous quotes. 

“It was just five bad decisions,” Garoppolo said. “The defense got me, like I said, so there are going to be days like that, but you can’t dwell on those things. We’re past that and on to Denver now.” 

Coach Robert Saleh was pleased with the performance of the secondary. He hopes it indicates improvement from their record-setting low amount of takeaways in 2018. He also spoke about the need to keep the focus on takeaways as they have left a few on the field. 

“We’re obviously trying to set records the other way,” Saleh said. “And Jimmy, I’m sure he’d want a couple of throws back. It was a good day. And for Jimmy, I know he got a lot of flack for it, but not all of them were his fault, believe it or not.

"But I’m pumped up anytime we get the ball. We got the ball a couple times here, we dropped a couple. We got to continue to preach on getting the ball whether it’s our offense another team’s offense it doesn’t matter, we just got to keep doing it." 

Saleh added that Garoppolo has been predominantly accurate throughout training camp, rarely causing a turnover. 

“Jimmy went all camp with only two interceptions,” Saleh said. “I think it’s ok to excuse him for one bad day. He’s going to be special, so no one is skipping a beat in our building.” 

At the first day of joint practices with the Broncos, Garoppolo completed 10 of his 15 attempts, with one interception in 11-on-11 team drills. He completed all three of his attempts in 7-on-7 work. 

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Garoppolo reported that his teammates did not miss the opportunity to give him a hard time about his errant passes, but he knew it was coming. 

“Hell, yeah,” Garoppolo said. "I would do the same if I threw five TDs on them. It goes back and forth and I love that. If they weren’t giving me crap about it, I’d be a little concerned.” 

Kwon Alexander impressed with what he saw from Dre Greenlaw, stepping into his role

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Kwon Alexander impressed with what he saw from Dre Greenlaw, stepping into his role

SANTA CLARA – In the locker room following the 49ers’ first loss of the season, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman preached to his teammates about using the 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks as a learning experience.

“Like Sherm said, it’s just what we needed,” 49ers rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

The 49ers entered Monday night as the only unbeaten team in the NFL. They come out of the game with an 8-1 record, and a half-game lead over the Seahawks (8-2) in the NFC West.

“In this league, you’re never going undefeated. But at the same time, it’s a wake-up call," Greenlaw said. "It lets you know you can be beat any night. You got to bring your 'A game' every time. I think from here on out, a lot of guys are going to bring forward their best foot and play and execute and finish out the season strong.”

Greenlaw started Monday’s game in place of Kwon Alexander, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery last week to repair a torn pectoral. Greenlaw recorded eight tackles and had an interception of a Russell Wilson pass in overtime.

The play, along with Greenlaw’s 47-yard interception return, put the 49ers’ offense in position to win the game. But the offense stalled after gaining a first down, and rookie fill-in kicker Chase McLaughlin shanked a 47-yard field goal attempt after making a kick of the same distance to force overtime on the final play of regulation.

“I knew Greenlaw was going to step in,” Alexander said. “I had no doubt about him. I saw it on his face when he first walked through the door.

“He’s been a tremendous rookie, doing everything right, working hard. He put a lot of extra film in this week and it all paid off. He got an interception. I’m proud of him. I’m happy for him. He’s a great young man.”

Greenlaw said he played with a lot of confidence because of the support he received on the field from middle linebacker Fred Warner, along with the encouragement Alexander gave him on the sideline.

“I made some mistakes, but I made some plays,” Greenlaw said. “I felt confident. I knew Fred was going to play his heart out, and he had my back. Having Kwon out there on the sideline, he brought us confidence. I felt good running around.”

Warner said Greenlaw stepped in and did as well as could be expected in taking over for Alexander.

“He honestly stepped in and did a great job,” Warner said of Greenlaw, a fifth-round pick from Arkansas. “I can’t say anything bad. Kwon is a seasoned vet, but Dre came out and played as such. He was communicating great. He got aligned.”

Warner had an exceptional game, as he recorded 10 tackles, including his first two NFL sacks. He forced a fumble that DeForest Buckner returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

What can the 49ers take from this loss?

“Just learn from our mistakes, look at yourself in the mirror and see what you could’ve done and keep moving,” Warner said.

Why Jimmy Garoppolo sees 49ers' loss to Seahawks as 'reality check'

Why Jimmy Garoppolo sees 49ers' loss to Seahawks as 'reality check'

SANTA CLARA -- After the 49ers' heartbreaking 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was confident the offense didn't need a major overhaul to bounce back in Week 11.

Monday's loss at Levi's Stadium was Garoppolo's second-worst game of the season statistically. He completed just 24 of his 46 attempts for 248 yards, throwing one touchdown, one interception and posting a 66.2 passer rating. 

“I think I could throw the ball better, we could catch it better,” Garoppolo said Monday. “It’s a little bit of everything it’s not one specific thing that sticks out. It’s a bit of a reality check for us. We’ll go back and respond this week.”  

Players will never make injuries an excuse but Garoppolo lacked his top options Monday night. George Kittle, his No. 1 target, was inactive. Emmanuel Sanders, who had quickly become Garoppolo's second favorite pass-catcher, left the game in the first half with a rib injury.  

Coach Kyle Shanahan needed to make personnel adjustments during the game and had mixed results. While Deebo Samuel finished the night as the top receiver, catching eight of his 11 targets for 112 yards, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis each failed to record a catch on three targets. 

“The receivers were battling,” Garoppolo said. “We had some injuries happen and people were being mixed and matched in different spots. But I thought overall those guys played well. We’ve just got to make plays when your number’s called.”

Shanahan credited the offense and his QB for making some good plays, but he said they were largely inconsistent. The 49ers trailed by 11 points headed into the fourth quarter, but Shanahan liked that his QB was not rattled facing his largest deficit of the season. 

“Jimmy doesn’t really change,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy is always the same, so there’s no difference there. I think like the whole offense, I thought he battled. I thought he battled very hard. Hung in the pocket for a while. I thought he made some big plays, but I know he made a number of plays he’d like to have back.”

Garoppolo already is looking forward to the week ahead to reduce the offense's mistakes going forward. The 49ers have a short turnaround, playing the Arizona Cardinals for the second time in three weeks Sunday. 

“It’s just about execution at the end of the day,” Garoppolo said. “It’s nothing crazy, just got to go do your job, execute and move on play after play and just do that throughout the entire game. We’ve been good at that, it just, we had a couple hiccups tonight. Just got to correct them and move on.”

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One thing that Garoppolo has no doubt about is that the 49ers will bounce back from their first loss of the season seamlessly. Most of the locker room has lived through two losing seasons under Shanahan, and the QB is confident his teammates will quickly shake off their disappointment.

“You go back and you watch the tape,” Garoppolo said. “You got to be critical on yourself. ‘What could we have done better? What caused this to happen?’ You’ve got to be hard on yourselves. I think we have a good group of guys in there with the right mindset who are going to come into work tomorrow and fight."