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Marquise Goodwin feeling 'wonderful' a day after being knocked unconscious

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Marquise Goodwin feeling 'wonderful' a day after being knocked unconscious

SANTA CLARA – One day after 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was knocked unconscious and sustained a concussion, he said he was symptom-free and feeling “wonderful.”

The 49ers announced their team awards on Monday, and Goodwin was selected as the winner of the organization’s most prestigious award. He won the Len Eshmont Award as the player who exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Eshmont, one of the original members of the 49ers.

Goodwin recorded career-highs with 56 receptions for 962 yards in his first year with the 49ers after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

“It’s been a long season, but it’s been a wonderful journey for me, coming from Buffalo, where I didn’t quite get to showcase all my talent,” Goodwin said.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to work with the guys I did this year, to work with Kyle (Shanahan) and play with this team. It meant a lot to me. It showed a lot, not only to other people, but to myself. And it proved to me that I was capable of achieving some of the things I did this year. I’m ecstatic about what’s to come in the future.”

With the success on the field, Goodwin also experienced unimaginable losses. He and his wife, Morgan, lost their child from to complications during pregnancy on Nov. 12. Just hours later, he caught an 83-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in the 49ers’ first victory of the season.

Two weeks ago, following the 49ers’ win over Tennessee, Goodwin revealed his biological father had died just days earlier.

“I just take it all in as it comes,” Goodwin said. “It’s all part of the experience. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go through those types of things. I’ve always had to be resilient my whole life.

“I look forward to -- good, bad or indifferent -- whatever 2018 brings. I’m ready for it.”

Goodwin was diagnosed with a concussion Sunday after Los Angeles Rams safety Blake Countess delivered an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit. Goodwin was carted off the field and taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Goodwin said he was administered tests and a CT scan. Everything checked out fine, and he was allowed to rejoin his teammates for the flight back to the Bay Area.

“My main concern was to get one of the nurses to pull up the game on her phone so could watch it and see how the team was doing,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin credited prayer and his faith for feeling fine just a short time after the violent collision. He said he would be able to play this week if the 49ers’ season had not concluded on Sunday.

Goodwin, who signed a two-year, $6 million contract in the offseason, is looking ahead to a full season with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after the 49ers finished the year on a five-game win streak.

“Jimmy, he came in and did an outstanding job,” Goodwin said. “Seven wins in his first seven career starts, five with the San Franicsco 49ers. That’s huge for him. And that’s huge for the organization, and it brings so much hope to everybody. I’m definitely appreciative of the opportunity to work with him.”

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49ERS TEAM AWARDS

Len Eshmont Award: Marquise Goodwin
Voted on by the players and awarded to the player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Eshmont.

Bill Walsh Award: Kyle Juszczyk
Voted on by the coaches to the player who best represents the standard of excellence established by Walsh.

Bobb McKittrick Award: Daniel Kilgore
Voted on by offensive line to the offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the long-time assistant coach.

Hazeltine Iron Man Award: DeForest Buckner
Voted on by defensive coaches to the most courageous and inspirational defensive player

Thomas Herrion Memorial Award: Adrian Colbert
Voted on by the coaches to the rookie or first-year player who has taken advantage of every opportunity and turned it into a positive situation to make a dream a reality.

Ed Block Courage Award: Marquise Goodwin
Presented to a player on every team that exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.

Perry/Yonamine Unity Award: Robbie Gould
Presented to the player who exhibits and exceptional commitment to promoting unity within the team and community.

Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee: Bradley Pinion
Given to the player who best exemplifies a commitment to philanthropy and community involvement.

Garry Niver Award: Marquise Goodwin
Presented by the San Francisco Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America to a 49ers player for his cooperation and professional style in dealing with the media.

Community Relations Service Awards: Garrett Celek, Chanceller James, Raheem Mostert (and wife, Devon), Dekoda Watson (and wife, Cristina), Kyle Juszczyk (youth football award), John Lynch (Salute to Service) and Dennis Brown (alumnus award)

Why Greg Cosell believes Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

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Why Greg Cosell believes Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

Greg Cosell, a senior producer at NFL Films, believes 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo “has a chance to be a top-level quarterback.” But there remains room for improvement from the player the 49ers awarded a franchise-record contract in the offseason.

Garoppolo has a quick release and can throw at a number of different arm angles to avoid oncoming pass-rushers. And while his accuracy underneath was unquestioned during his 5-0 run as the 49ers’ starter last season, most of the time, his deep throws did not reach the target.

Garoppolo completed just 4 of 16 attempts to targets 20 yards or more down the field last season for 134 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions, according to Pro Football Focus.

[RELATED: Greg Cosell: Kyle Shanahan does one thing 'better than any coach in the NFL']

During the offseason program, Garoppolo appeared to struggle on his deep throws, too. Cosell, a guest on the 49ers Insider Podcast, spoke about Garoppolo’s mechanics.

“Because he has very quick feet, I think people just assume he has great feet all the time when he delivers the ball,” Cosell said. “There’s a difference between having quick, athletic feet and having really good quarterback feet. And I think he needs to work on the quarterback feet part.

“I think guys who have that kind of snap delivery, sometimes they don’t step exactly to their throw and they throw a little bit off-balance, and that could really impact your accuracy to a significant degree. So my guess is those are the kinds of things they’ve worked on. Those are tweaks. I don’t think it will prevent him from being a really good player.”

Garoppolo appeared in six games with five starts last season after the 49ers acquired him for a second-round draft pick in a trade with the New England Patriots. Garoppolo completed 120 of 178 pass attempts (67.4 percent) for 1,580 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions.

Cosell said it is important for all quarterbacks to use consistent mechanics when making throws from a clean pocket.

“Think of a major league pitcher,” Cosell said. “They theoretically should throw the ball the same way every time. So should a quarterback unless the defense dictates otherwise. If the defense doesn’t dictate otherwise, the throws should look the same.”

Greg Cosell: Kyle Shanahan does one thing 'better than any coach in the NFL'

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Greg Cosell: Kyle Shanahan does one thing 'better than any coach in the NFL'

There is a lot of hope surrounding the 49ers entering the 2018 season.

Much of that is because of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Much of that also is because of Kyle Shanahan.

"Kyle is one of the most innovative and creative offensive minds in football," cornerback Richard Sherman said back in mid-March after he signed with the 49ers.

On the most recent episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell offered some high praise for San Francisco's head coach.

"When you look at a Kyle Shanahan offense, I think the thing that stands out the most -- that he does better than any coach in the NFL -- is the fusion between the run game and the pass game," Cosell said. "The run game and the pass game with their play-action concepts look exactly the same.

"And it's very, very difficult for defenses to differentiate the two very often until it's too late. And when you have a quarterback like Garoppolo -- who tends to be a quick decision-maker, a quick processor, he has a very quick compact delivery and then the ball gets out -- I think that just makes it even more difficult."

The 49ers won all five of Garoppolo's starts last season and put up 26, 25, 44 and 34 points in the last four games, respectively. Garoppolo was rewarded with a five-year, $137.5 million deal ($74.1 million guaranteed) -- which drastically increases the expectations.

Garoppolo and Shanahan could become one of the top head coach-quarterback duos for many years.

"When you talk to defensive coaches around the league, they will talk about Kyle Shanahan as one of the two or three of the best in the league when it comes to offensive design and game planning," Cosell added.