LANDOVER, Md. — Before the 49ers headed east to their Week 7 match up with Washington, coach Kyle Shanahan said that there wasn’t any extra motivation playing the organization that fired his father Mike.
That might have not been entirely true, because after the San Francisco's 9-0 victory at FedEx Field, Shanahan said that the game ball went to none other than his dad.
Shanahan joked in his press conference on Wednesday that the best part of his time in Washington was working with his father. The worst part about it? “Everything else.” He of course backtracked a little and explained that he enjoyed the players and the coaches that he worked with.
In his post game press conference, Shanahan finally admitted, with quite a bit of restraint, that the win did mean a little more with his father’s history in Washington.
“I’ve been in a number of buildings and not all of it always ends good,” Shanahan said. “But it had nothing to do with the game. Everyone is a little more sensitive to things that involve your family so that’s why I’m always a little more sensitive to this because what I went through with my dad here.”
“That’s why it was nice to get the win. But it definitely had nothing to do with the game, it had nothing to do with the score, but you always want to take care of things the right way when you’re bothered by how some things have been for a family member.”
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This wasn’t the first time that Shanahan has been to FedEx since he and his father were relieved of their jobs. Still, the players were very tuned in to it’s extra meaning. Tight end George Kittle was all smiles knowing that the win meant just a little bit more.
“We were aware,” Kittle said. “It was definitely a game that we wanted to win for both him and Mike Shanahan. It was really fun that we could get that done for him.”
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.
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.
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.