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Brian Hoyer: Yoga, meditation 'has really helped me'

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Brian Hoyer: Yoga, meditation 'has really helped me'

"It's something that I feel has really helped me."

49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer is buying what his head coach is selling.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch wrote a story about how Kyle Shanahan practices meditation and yoga to deal with the stress and rigors of his job.

Hoyer was asked about the topic Wednesday morning on KNBR 680.

"It's something that I really enjoy because it's about being mindful and being in the moment," Hoyer said. "And in this profession, you can get so caught up and so wrapped up and there's pressure all the time.

"And that's not a way to live life. So, it's about being where you are. So when I'm at home, I'm at home with my wife and kids and I'm enjoying that time. And when I'm at work, I'm here at work and working and taking time to meditate and just kind of clear your head.

"And as far as the yoga -- it's something that we do weekly and I think it's great not only for the mental aspect, but to stretch out and get some of that type of work involved into your routine.

"It's very what you might call 'new school' ... for me as a quarterback, of course I have to lift and be strong and be able to take hits. But I also need to be flexible enough to be able throw the football and be able to move around.

"You would train your body, why wouldn't you help train your mind, too? We have an app on our phone and you can go to it when you need it. I try to do it every day -- sometimes there's not always enough time in the day."

And in case 49ers fans weren't aware of this:

“In the offseason, I’m much more mellow, and in the season, I’m very intense,” Shanahan told The Chronicle. “That does help you to a degree. I think that’s one of those things that can make you successful.

"But once you cross that line, you’re thinking too much. You need something to help balance you out. Those type of things have always helped me.”

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday.

For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game.

In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards. He's thrown 25 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions this season.

While Garoppolo's not in the MVP conversation, he's putting up solid numbers as the 49ers continue to rack up wins. But there is one anonymous NFC offensive coach that still hasn't quite bought into Garoppolo.

"I don’t think he can do it consistently, but he did it today," the coach told The Athletic's Mike Sando after the 49ers beat the Saints. "[Drew] Brees moved down the field and scored. That is what you expect. I didn’t know that Garoppolo would be able to do it, but he did it."

Sando noted that in his annual Quarterback Tiers survey, the coach in question had Garoppolo on the second tier in 2017. Last season, after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, the coach moved Garoppolo down to the third tier of NFL quarterbacks.

Whether or not Garoppolo is an elite quarterback is up for debate. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms feels the 49ers quarterback is "really good," but doesn't consider him elite. But what is for certain is that Garoppolo is not a "third tier" quarterback. He doesn't have the gaudy numbers like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, but Garoppolo has a 19-4 career record as a starter in the NFL. That can't be ignored.

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Garoppolo will have another chance to impress the offensive coach Sunday when the 49ers host the Falcons at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.

Why?

Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.