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Staley to ref after Hoyer hit: 'What the hell was that?'

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Staley to ref after Hoyer hit: 'What the hell was that?'

SEATTLE – Left tackle Joe Staley heard the whistle and did not move.

Seattle Seahawks pass-rusher Frank Clark did not hold back, and 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer paid the price.

Staley was upset that referee Bill Vinovich did not call Clark for unnecessary roughness after he delivered a brutal blind-side hit on Hoyer after sprinting past the stationary Staley at the snap of the ball. The 49ers had already called a timeout with the play clock winding down before a third-and-6 play from the 49ers’ 42-yard line in the third quarter.

“I stopped,” Staley said. “I heard the whistle for like five seconds, so I didn’t even get out of my stance. Then, I was freaking out because they kept going and killed the quarterback.

“So I told them, ‘What the hell is that? That’s unnecessary roughness.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, man, you can drop an atomic bomb in here and you can’t hear whistles.’ I heard it. Four guys heard it. It’s your job to hear it. You (granted) us a timeout. So it was heard and it was called. Whatever.”

The 49ers made plenty of their own mistakes in the 12-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, including Marquise Goodwin’s critical dropped pass for what would’ve been for a first down near the Seattle 10-yard line in the fourth quarter.

On the next play, the 49ers thought Richard Sherman got away with defensive holding against Pierre Garçon – a play after which coach Kyle Shanahan was seen arguing with the official near the play. Hoyer took a big hit from defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson after delivering the pass on that play, too.

The 49ers were held without a touchdown for the first two games of the regular season – the first time that has occurred in franchise history.

“I have to play a whole lot better,” Hoyer said. “I’m disappointed with myself.

“We felt good about coming into the season, and the first two games haven’t gone the way we’d like them to, especially the way I’d like them to go as far as with my personal play. I’ve got to look at the tape and figure out what I can do a whole lot better, and with this quick turnaround, we have to be ready for the Rams on Thursday night.”

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.