SANTA CLARA -- In four of the next six weeks, the 49ers will be featured on prime time, available to national television audiences.
The potential star power of Jimmy Garoppolo will not be on display, as he underwent season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this week that NFL officials would like the 49ers to trade for Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles in order to draw better TV ratings. The 49ers’ first prime-time game is scheduled for Week 6 in Green Bay on “Monday Night Football.” The 49ers then face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night in Week 7, the Raiders in Week 9 on Thursday night, and the New York Giants in Week 10 on Monday night.
C.J. Beathard took over for Garoppolo. If Beathard remains healthy, the 49ers expect him to start the 49ers’ final 13 games of the season. He said the doubters don't bother him because he mostly shields himself from outside talk.
“With the good stuff, there’s bad stuff,” Beathard said. “You’ve got to take it both with a grain of salt and not really think about it when people are praising you and when they’re bashing you because you’re not doing well.
“It’s how sports are. It’s all ebbs and flows. When things are good, you’re on top of the world, people praise you. When things are bad, they’ll bash you, and you’ve just got to take both of those the same way and not even acknowledge anything on the outside.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan said last week the 49ers haven't even thought about making a trade for another quarterback. Shanahan prefers Beathard to any available quarterback, and the 49ers will not give up a draft pick for a player who will be around only to finish out this season.
After all, Garoppolo and Beathard are projected to be the 49ers’ top two quarterbacks through, at least, the 2020 season.
The 49ers had seven quarterbacks in for workouts last week. A league source told NBC Sports Bay Area that the 49ers gave physicals to three of the quarterbacks: Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens and Matt Simms.
But the 49ers have shown no urgency to sign another quarterback, opting to keep Nick Mullens as Beathard’s backup. Mullens, who signed with the 49ers in 2017 as an undrafted rookie from Southern Miss, spent all of his rookie season on the practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster after Garoppolo was placed on injured reserve.