Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation


Shanahan: Garoppolo's two starts do not impact contract situation

Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown for more yards than any quarterback in 49ers history in his first two starts.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo’s play has not changed how he views the contract situation that must be addressed before the start of the new league year in March.

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo in a late-October trade with the New England Patriots. He is under contract only through the end of this season. The 49ers will retain Garoppolo with the franchise tag if the sides are unable to reach agreement on a multi-year deal.

“For me personally, it doesn't impact anything,” Shanahan said. “I thought it was so neat about the situation that I didn't feel that, because of that (franchise) option, that we had to see something here or there, and we had to do all this stuff.

“It's been able for us to just try to do things the right way, put him in when we thought he was ready to, not put any pressure on him where he has to do all this to show something. Obviously, we're very encouraged with how these two games have been.”

The 49ers must designate Garoppolo as their franchise player at any point from Feb. 20 to March 6. Last year, the one-year cost for a franchise player at quarterback was $21.268 million.

In leading the 49ers to back-to-back road victories, Garoppolo threw for 293 yards against the Chicago Bears and 334 yards against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo is scheduled to make his first home start on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Levi's Stadium.

“We'll see what happens here in the offseason when we get together and can assess everything,” Shanahan said. “I definitely don't think that’s something he's thinking about at this point, and it's definitely not something I'm thinking about, either.”

Shanahan said he does not anticipate the sides working out a contract extension during the final three weeks of the regular season.

Nick Bosa believes Cardinals made correct call with Kyler Murray at No. 1


Nick Bosa believes Cardinals made correct call with Kyler Murray at No. 1

SANTA CLARA – The Arizona Cardinals did not tip their hand to Nick Bosa.

He met with team officials, including coach Kliff Kingsbury, on multiple occasions leading up to the draft and thought there was a slim chance he would be the No. 1 overall pick.

Bosa figured quarterback Kyler Murray was the likely No. 1 selection for Arizona. But he was not sure until he heard Murray’s family erupt in cheers in the green room at the NFL draft in Nashville when the Cardinals made it official.

The 49ers selected Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick. He is having a fine rookie season for the 49ers with seven sacks for a club that has the NFC’s best record at 9-1.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals fell to 3-7-1 with a 36-26 loss to the 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

Still, Bosa said it is obvious to him Arizona is moving in the right direction with the right person at quarterback. The Cardinals were 3-13 last season and were granted the No. 1 pick as the NFL's worst team.

“I’m impressed with how they’ve turned things around over there,” Bosa said of the Cardinals. “In the draft process, they sold me. I definitely saw the vision they had and how they were going to do it. I think they’re doing a really good job. And Kyler is a really good player, so they picked a good one.”

Bosa had Murray’s grass-stained jersey hanging in his locker after the game, as the top two picks in the draft met afterward to exchange uniforms.

Bosa registered three tackles, including one for a loss, and a quarterback hit on Sunday. In two games against the Cardinals, Bosa did not record a sack. Arizona’s offense exposed some issues in the 49ers’ run defense. Murray ran for 67 yards on eight attempts in Sunday's game.

The 49ers came up with the plays necessary on offense and defense to avoid back-to-back losses after opening the season on an eight-game win streak.

“I definitely think that was a big must-win for us, a division game,” Bosa said. “(We) just came off a loss, you don’t want to drop two in a row, that’s for sure.”

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The Cardinals appear to be a team on the rise, and the 49ers enter the final six games of this season with a one-game lead in the NFC West over the Seattle Seahawks. The stage could be set for a lot more epic 49ers-Cardinals games in the future with Bosa and Murray leading their respective units.

“The running game, we just have to figure out how to stop that,” Bosa said. “But we’ll wait ‘til next year for that.”

49ers snap count: Unlikely heroes show up in big win over Cardinals

49ers snap count: Unlikely heroes show up in big win over Cardinals

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers suited up six wide receivers for the second time this season due to the rash of injuries at other positions.

Five of the wideouts in uniform caught passes in the 49ers’ 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in a game that clinched the 49ers’ first winning season since 2013.

Rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel had eight receptions on the 10 passes Jimmy Garoppolo directed his way. Samuel had 134 yards receiving on the day.

Samuel (shoulder) and veteran Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) toughed it out while battling physical conditions throughout the game. Sanders caught three passes for 33 yards.

Wide receiver Richie James, running back Jeff Wilson and safety D.J. Reed made the most of their few opportunities.

James got the offense moving in the second quarter with a 57-yard run after catching a screen pass from Garoppolo. He played 10 offensive snaps in the game.

Wilson was on the field for one play, and he managed to beat an all-out blitz with a 25-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown for the go-ahead points with 31 seconds remaining.

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And Reed played three defensive snaps, and had a 4-yard return for a touchdown after scooping up a fumble on the final play of the game.

Dante Pettis saw the least amount of playing time of any of the 49ers’ receivers. He was on the field for two offensive snaps, did not see any passes thrown his way, and saw no action on special teams.

Each of the 49ers’ eight active defensive linemen were on the field for 21 plays or more, including newly signed defensive end Damontre Moore. He played 23 snaps and contributed a forced fumble that clinched the game in the closing minute.

Here is a look at how much everyone on the 49ers played Sunday on offense, defense and special teams:


Total offensive snaps: 77
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo 77
Running back – Kyle Juszczyk 41, Tevin Coleman 38, Raheem Mostert 38, Jeff Wilson 1
Wide receiver – Deebo Samuel 61, Kendrick Bourne 42, Emmanuel Sanders 36, Marquise Goodwin 23, Richie James 10, Dante Pettis 2
Tight end – Ross Dwelley 69, Garrett Celek 23, Levine Toilolo 1
Offensive line – Laken Tomlinson 77, Mike Person 77, Mike McGlinchey 77, Justin Skule 77, Weston Richburg 77
Did not play – QB Nick Mullens, Ben Garland


Total defensive snaps: 69
Defensive line – Nick Bosa 57, DeForest Buckner 52, Arik Armstead 48, Solomon Thomas 26, Damontre Moore 23, Sheldon Day 23, Jullian Taylor 21, Dee Ford 21
Linebacker – Fred Warner 69, Dre Greenlaw 67, Elijah Lee 25
Defensive back – Jimmie Ward 69, Jaquiski Tartt 69, Richard Sherman 69, Emmanuel Moseley 65, K’Waun Williams 42, Ahkello Witherspoon 6, D.J. Reed 3, Tarvarius Moore 2, Marcell Harris 2

Special teams

Total special teams plays: 26
Mark Nzeocha 22, Lee 22, Moore 22, Harris 17, James 15, Witherspoon 14, Wilson 13, Celek 12, Mitch Wishnowsky 11, Bourne 10, Ward 10, Moore 10, Buckner 9, Armstead 9, Reed 8, Toilolo 7, Kyle Nelson 6, Mostert 6, Tartt 6, Moseley 6, Warner 5, Thomas 5, Day 5, Daniel Brunskill 4, Chase McLaughlin 4, Person 4, Richburg 4, Tomlinson 4, McGlinchey 4, Skule 4, Goodwin 4, Juszczyk 2, Greenlaw 2

Not active

QB C.J. Beathard
K Robbie Gould
RB Matt Breida
LB Azeez Al-Shaair
LT Joe Staley
TE George Kittle
NT D.J. Jones