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Snap count: Hyde's hip kept him from heavy workload in 49ers' OT loss

Snap count: Hyde's hip kept him from heavy workload in 49ers' OT loss

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Running back Carlos Hyde, who was limited in practice due to a hip contusion, saw a reduction in playing time in the 49ers’ 18-15 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“He wasn’t on a pitch count, but we knew he was banged up all week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “So we wanted to make sure to keep him fresh. We planned on getting (Matt) Breida in there, but by no means did we limit the numbers.”

Hyde carried 16 times for 68 yards, while Breida gained just 16 yards on nine rushing attempts. Hyde is the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher with 321 yards on the season.

Hyde said he felt as if he was not 100 percent due to hip, which he injured early in the 49ers’ loss last week to the Los Angeles Rams. Hyde played 58 of the 49ers' 84 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.

“I felt all right,” he said. “I didn’t feel like myself all the way. But I felt like I could still be effective. I had to manage it a little bit, just taking a breather.

“I felt it a little bit in the game, but it didn’t slow me down, so well see how I feel (Monday).”

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

OFFENSE
(84 plays)
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 83, C.J. Beathard 1
Running back – Carlos Hyde 58, Matt Breida 26, Kyle Juszczyk 24
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 74, Aldrick Robinson 73, Trent Taylor 47, Victor Bolden 12, Marquise Goodwin 9
Tight end – George Kittle 75, Garrett Celek 21, Logan Paulsen 1
Offensive line – Joe Staley 84, Trent Brown 84, Daniel Kilgore 84, Brandon Fusco 84, Laken Tomlinson 84

DEFENSE
(86 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 69, Solomon Thomas 69, Arik Armstead 57, Earl Mitchell 40, Elvis Dumervil 28, Aaron Lynch 25, Xavier Cooper 17, D.J. Jones 16
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 83, Ray-Ray Armstrong 64, Eli Harold 27, Dekoda Watson 13, Brock Coyle 3
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 86, Rashard Robinson 85, K’Waun Williams 69, Asa Jackson 1
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 86, Jimmie Ward 86, Lorenzo Jerome 22

SPECIAL TEAMS
(35 plays)
Coyle 29, Raheem Mostert 25, Elijah Lee 25, Celek 25, Jackson 23, Harold 20, Watson 19, Bradley Pinion 18, Paulsen 16, Bolden 13, Johnson 13, Kyle Nelson 12, Jerome 12, R.Robinson 11, Breida 10, Adrian Colbert 9, Armstrong 9, Jones 7, Tartt 6, Juszczyk 7, Taylor 6, Ward 6, Zane Beadles 5, Robbie Gould 5, Garry Gilliam 5, Buckner 5, Thomas 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Armstead 4, Mitchell 4, A.Robinson 2, Bowman 1, Williams, Dumervil 1

DID NOT PLAY
None

INACTIVE
WR Kendrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, DB Eric Reid (knee), LB Mark Nzeocha, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster (ankle), OL Erik Magnuson

Greg Cosell: Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

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Greg Cosell: Jimmy Garoppolo needs work on his 'quarterback feet'

Greg Cosell of 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. But while his accuracy underneath was unquestioned during his 5-0 run as the 49ers’ starter, most of the time his deep throws did not reach the target.

Garoppolo completed just four of 16 attempts to targets 20 yards or more down the field last season for 134 yards with no touchdowns and 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 with seven touchdowns and 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 is also because of Kyle Shanahan.

"Kyle is one of the most innovative and creative offensive minds in football," 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, Greg Cosell of NFL Films 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. 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 too 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.

He was rewarded with a 5-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.