Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of ACL rehab schedule, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says

Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of ACL rehab schedule, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jimmy Garoppolo's rehab is right on schedule, or even ahead of it, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan reaffirmed Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The 49ers quarterback should be ready to participate in 7-on-7 drills during organized team activities in a couple of months.

Shanahan is not allowed to talk football with his quarterback, but he has been able to watch him work out on the practice field from his office window.

“I see him,” Shanahan said. “We don’t talk about football, but I see him. I see him out of my window every day. He does drops every day.

"Yeah, I know, I’m a stalker. But he’s been doing a good job.”

Shanahan didn’t want to be too specific about the details, because he didn’t want to say anything incorrect, but he was told the quarterback had a clean ACL tear, which makes Garoppolo’s recuperation less complicated. 

“Everyone says they are ahead of schedule,” Shanahan said, “and he is. I mean he’s been healing great. He hasn’t had knee trouble before. It was a clean ACL, so it’s been real good for him.” 

Garoppolo's position also makes him able to participate sooner than his fellow ACL rehabber, 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon.

“He’s also a quarterback, so when we get to OTAs, it will be 7-on-7s, so we don’t have to worry about people falling at his knees," Shanahan said. "So Jimmy will be able to practice a lot more than someone like Jet, who we have to be a little safer with, even though they might be at the same spot. 

“We don’t want people to be falling into their legs, and that’s easier to control at quarterback than running back.” 

Shanahan admits to observing his quarterback from afar but says it’s not on purpose, or scheduled. Coaching the Senior Bowl, preparing for the combine and teaching his playbook to the new members of his coaching staff has his hands full. 

“I’m always in my office watching film,” Shanahan said. “He’s right out my window, and he’s rehabbing all the time. He’s met Shane Day, our new quarterbacks coach. Jimmy will stop by and say hi, and things like that. It’s nice to have him around, but it’s been pretty busy.”

Even though Garoppolo is on, or ahead, of schedule, Shanahan and his staff still will be careful with their franchise quarterback and not take any undue risks.

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“I expect him back at OTAs throwing just because it should be that way,” Shanahan said, “and it’s not as big of a risk because it’s 7-on-7. If that was team pass, regardless, we probably wouldn’t put him in.”

If his rehab progresses without any issues, Garoppolo’s first 11-on-11s likely will not be until training camp, just as a precautionary measure, which still is good news for the team.

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

Kyle Shanahan is 'doppelganger' of Bill Belichick, Colin Cowherd says

There are a litany of great head coaches in the NFL today, but few are both as universally beloved by colleagues and as overlooked by fans and media members as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. The former Falcons offensive coordinator has fought an uphill battle since taking over prior to the 2017 season -- and has a 10-22 record to show for it. 

Colin Cowherd was recently discussing the NFL.com head coach rankings that were released yesterday, and he strongly disagreed with one particular selection.

"Shanahan, has a doppelganger in this league, it's called Belichick," Cowherd said. Bill Belichick is easily the most well-renowned head coach in the NFL and just came off of his sixth Super Bowl victory in February.

"Kyle Shanahan has an incredible career as a coordinator," the host of The Herd on FS1 explained. "Everywhere he's gone, He made Matt Schaub a pro bowler, he made Matt Ryan an MVP. Then he leaves, the teams aren't the same and the quarterbacks aren't the same. "

Cowherd pointed out some data on just how much better the 49ers have been with Jimmy Garoppolo on the field than when he's been off, but closed out his analysis with a strong take.

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"In two years, he will be a top-six coach."

With Shanahan and general manager John Lynch each having four years remaining on their contracts, 49ers fans can rest easy knowing they've got a very highly regarded head coach pacing the sidelines each week. The regular season opens Sept. 8 when San Francisco travels to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. 

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

49ers, Raiders picked to be among most improved teams by NFL analyst

The 2018 NFL season was one every Bay Area fan would like to forget. Both the 49ers and Raiders ended the season with 4-12 records, as they each secured a top-five pick in the NFL draft.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared his predictions for the most improved organizations in 2019 and both the 49ers and Raiders made the cut.

The 49ers top Jeremiah's board with the promise of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being healthy for training camp and an offseason that saw them shore up an already strong defensive line group, signing Dee Ford to a long-term deal and drafting former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa No. 2 overall in April's draft.

The Raiders, meanwhile, sit third in Jeremiah's rankings after making some of their own splashy moves over the NFL offseason. Oakland acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers and also signed Vontaze Burfict, who was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro with the Bengals in 2013.

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It's hard to go anywhere but up for the Bay Area's NFL teams in 2019, but if Jeremiah's picks are accurate, there could be a lot more winning football coming to Northern California in the coming months.