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Lynch: Shanahan's plan was to sign Kirk Cousins, Garoppolo 'had to really prove himself'

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Lynch: Shanahan's plan was to sign Kirk Cousins, Garoppolo 'had to really prove himself'

Remember all those stories about how the 49ers were going to try to sign Kirk Cousins?

Well. They were all accurate.

On Wednesday, 49ers GM John Lynch was asked about acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo at the deadline.

"We made the trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was like in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually," Lynch said on ESPN radio. "I was proud of Kyle because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise and he didn't hesitate.

"But even then, Jimmy had to really prove himself. Kyle was really smart -- he didn't play him right away ... when he did put him in, he put him in a position to succeed.

"I would tell you that Jimmy really impressed Kyle, to the point where he said, 'This is our guy.'"

Yes. Garoppolo is the 49ers' guy.

The 26-year old signed a 5-year deal worth up to more than $137 million (with over $74 million guaranteed).

Cousins, meanwhile, inked a 3-year deal with Minnesota that will pay him $84 million guaranteed.

Kyle Shanahan, 49ers focused on big picture, not 1-6 record and injuries

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Kyle Shanahan, 49ers focused on big picture, not 1-6 record and injuries

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Shanahan isn't taking the 49ers' five-game losing streak in stride, but he's also realistic about the current state of his team.

“We knew when we came here it was going to take some time," the coach said Monday, one day after the 49ers dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 39-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Expectations were high for the 49ers to open the 2018 season. They finished 2017 with a new franchise quarterback and a five-game winning streak.

Fast forward to Week 7, and the team only has one win. Their two top players on the offense -- quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon -- have been on injured reserve for several weeks with torn ACLs.

While the record is bleak, Shanahan said he hasn't lost confidence in the 49ers' long-term plan.

“Our record right now doesn’t impact the big picture to me,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to deal with, it’s frustrating. We are all working extremely hard and want much better results. But just because the record doesn’t show, that isn’t going to make yourself doubt yourself and go rip up your plans and do something totally new.”

Shanahan and 49ers general manager John Lynch both were very tempered in their expectations during the offseason. When they received compliments and congratulations from colleagues after the 49ers' strong finish, their responses were in the vein of, “We are still a 6-10 team.” Now, their responses seem even more appropriate.

“We knew when we came here it was going to take some time,” Shanahan said. “And we want that to be as fast as possible, there’s no doubt about that, but you also don’t want to make stupid decisions because of that.

“We are trying to be smart in everything we do. We are not just trying to do it in a quick, easy-fix way. We are trying to build this thing to last, and to do that, it does take some time. We planned on it going faster, and it hasn’t so far.”

Even though the 49ers' progress has been stunted by injuries, Shanahan has this perspective: “That doesn’t make me lose any confidence in what we are doing and the people that we have here. I know we need to continue to work, and continue to get better. We’re going through a tough time right now, but that doesn’t change anything to me in where I feel we are going.”

49ers place Adrian Colbert on injured reserve, re-sign Tom Savage

49ers place Adrian Colbert on injured reserve, re-sign Tom Savage

49ers free safety Adrian Colbert’s season came to a disappointing end Sunday when he sustained a high ankle sprain in a 39-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Colbert was placed on injured reserve with an injury that is expected to keep him out of action for six to eight weeks. Colbert is not a candidate to return to the team later in the season, Shanahan added.

Rookie D.J. Reed is expected to step in to start in Colbert’s place. Reed played most of the second half after Colbert sustained his right ankle injury after awkwardly landing following a collision with cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, as the two were covering a deep Jared Goff pass.

Teams are allowed to designate two players off injured reserve. Rookie safety Marcell Harris returned to practice last week after spending the first six weeks on injured reserve. The club also plans to activate outside linebacker Dekoda Watson off injured reserve.

The 49ers re-signed veteran quarterback Tom Savage with the roster spot that opened with Colbert’s injury. Savage spent most of last week on the team’s 53-man roster. The 49ers released him Saturday to promote defensive back Tyvis Powell from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.