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Kyle Shanahan drops hint about Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers future

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been adamantly behind Jimmy Garoppolo as the team’s starter in 2021. That could clearly change next season.

Shanahan spoke about the 49ers’ potential 2022 quarterback situation on Wednesday, and it sounded like good news for Trey Lance. Shanahan admitted that Garoppolo could be back in 2022, but made clear that Lance is viewed as the long-term option.

Garoppolo is under contract for 2022, but it will cost the 49ers essentially nothing to move on from him after June 1. Doing so and clearing over $25 million in cap space appears to be a no-brainer, particularly with Garoppolo putting together an unconvincing season.

On the other hand, Shanahan doesn’t seem totally sold on Lance yet either. The 49ers still believe in him, but may want to see more progress prior to 2022.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Rayshawn Jenkins ejected for throwing punch at 49ers player

Rayshawn Jenkins throws a punch

Tempers flared during the first half of the San Francisco 49ers-Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday, and one player was ejected as a result.

Jaguars defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins got into it with San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings after a play in the second quarter. Jennings’ helmet came off during the skirmish, but he kept his cool. Jenkins did not, instead delivering an open-handed slap to Jennings’ face as players and officials came over to break up the fight.

Jenkins was ejected for throwing a swing. Here’s the video:

The act also led to a 15-yard penalty, which gave the Niners a first down after the Jaguars had come up with a big stop on third down.

Throwing a punch almost always leads to an ejection. This is not the first time we have seen it happen this season.

Former NFL GM explains how Mac Jones could have gotten Jimmy Garoppolo cut

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

Mac Jones has played so well for the New England Patriots this season that it is fair to wonder if the San Francisco 49ers regret not drafting him. While it is far too early to pass judgment on Trey Lance, it’s undeniable that Jones can win games as an NFL starter. If the Niners had a do-over with the draft, one former NFL executive thinks their roster would look a lot different today.

ESPN analyst and former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum made some bold claims about the 49ers during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” this week. Most notably, Tannenbaum said he believes the Niners would have released Jimmy Garoppolo if they drafted Jones instead of Lance.

“I think they would have released Jimmy G., and here’s why — I think Mac Jones shows up and wins them over from Day 1,” Tannenbaum said. “Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are gonna go by what they see. They would not have guaranteed Jimmy G.’s $24 million salary. From after the draft to opening day, they would have had enough of a sample size to say, ‘We’re rolling with Mac Jones.’ They would have tried to trade him, but in my opinion they ultimately would have cut Jimmy G. to try to save that $24 million.”

Tannenbaum also said he was surprised at the time that the Niners liked Lance more than Jones.

“Mac Jones may wind up being a better player than Trey Lance, and San Francisco traded multiple first-round picks (to get Lance),” he said. “I was surprised they didn’t take Mac Jones. I thought he would have been a perfect fit there.”

Most analysts believed leading up to the draft that San Francisco was going to take Jones. One report claims they may have wanted to at one point but changed their minds.

Jones has made a bigger impact that any rookie quarterback this year, and it’s not close. One 49ers franchise icon recently questioned how the team handled the draft. It will be years before we can analyze the full picture, but Year 1 certainly goes to Jones and the Patriots.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN analysts break down how 49ers used Deebo Samuel to outscheme Rams

Deebo Samuel

The San Francisco 49ers used Deebo Samuel in a variety of ways to torch the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, and two ESPN analysts broke down how that was the key to success in their 31-10 victory.

Former NFL players Dan Orlovsky and Ryan Clark explained how 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan put together a “masterclass” on how to get the ball in the hands of his best playmaker and away from L.A.’s. The Niners did that with Samuel in both the run and pass game. They made a conscious effort to keep Samuel away from star defensive back Jalen Ramsey and it works.

Here’s the excellent breakdown:

Samuel caught all five of his targets for 97 yards and a touchdown. He also turned five rushing attempts into 36 yards and a score. The former second-round pick already has 979 receiving yards this year after injuries limited him to seven games in a disappointing 2020 season.

Shanahan is one of the best offensive coaches in the NFL, and his ability to exploit mismatches is a big reason for that.

The Niners improved to 4-5 with the win, which was obviously a huge one. They’re not a lock to make the playoffs, but they’re trending in the right direction. Jimmy Garoppolo is certainly feeling it, as evidenced by the smack he talked after the game.

Kyle Shanahan addresses surprising Jimmy Garoppolo rumor

Kyle Shanahan

A surprising report surfaced this week claiming the San Francisco 49ers turned down a generous trade offer for Jimmy Garoppolo prior to the NFL Draft. Not surprisingly, Kyle Shanahan says there is no truth to it.

In his newly released book “It’s Better to Be Feared,” Seth Wickersham says the New England Patriots offered a second-round draft pick for Garoppolo back in April. The Niners reportedly wanted a first-rounder, so they turned it down.

Shanahan was asked about the claim on Wednesday, and he emphatically shot it down.

“I promise, if that was the case, I would have talked to their head coach,” Shanahan said.

The implication seemed to be that Shanahan didn’t discuss any trade with Bill Belichick. If the Patriots wanted Garoppolo so badly that they offered a second-round pick, Shanahan almost certainly would have entertained the conversation.

San Francisco acquired Garoppolo from the Patriots in 2017 for a second-round pick. The quarterback has since led the team to a Super Bowl, but his play has been mediocre at best. The Niners traded up to draft Trey Lance, which would indicate that they are not that high on Garoppolo. That’s what makes it hard to believe they turned down a second-rounder.

Shanahan explained this week why the 49ers are sticking with Garoppolo despite losing four games in a row.

Report: 49ers turned down 2nd-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo in pads

The San Francisco 49ers may have moved up in the NFL Draft to take Trey Lance, but that does not mean they didn’t value Jimmy Garoppolo highly. On the contrary, they valued him quite highly.

Reports all throughout the NFL offseason, and leading up to the draft, said that the New England Patriots were targeting Garoppolo for a potential trade.

How much did the Pats want their old QB back? According to one plugged-in reporter, they offered the Niners a second-round pick for Jimmy G.

NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller relayed on Twitter Monday some information from Seth Wickersham’s new book on the Patriots, “It’s Better to be Feared.”

According to the book, the Patriots’ offer of a second-round pick wasn’t enough for the Niners, who wanted a first-round pick in return.

The Patriots were hoping to call the trade even after the Niners gave them a second-round pick for Jimmy G in 2017.

The Niners’ price for Garoppolo was too high for New England, who decided to use their first-round pick on Mac Jones instead. The former Alabama quarterback has been pretty solid to start his career. Maybe they’re better off that the trade offer wasn’t accepted. And the Niners may be regretting the decision to demand more.

H/T Egotastic Sports

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Colts, 49ers produce stunning result for sports bettors

Kyle Shanahan talks with the media

The Indianapolis Colts surprised many fans by beating the San Francisco 49ers 30-18 on Sunday night. The two teams played through pouring rain at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. They produced a stunning result for sports bettors in the process.

The total for the game (the amount of combined points the teams were expected to score) opened around 48, depending on the sportsbook. By the time the game was ready to begin, the total was down several points and in the low 40s many places. That is because bettors were expecting fewer points to be scored in the wet conditions.

Guess what? Just like things always seem to go in the NFL, there was a big surprise.

The teams managed to score quite a few points, and the 48-point total in the game hit the “over” for most bets. That was bad news for many bettors.

At Bet MGM, 91 percent of bets on the total were on the under. The Niners-Colts game represented the biggest under bet of the season at Bet MGM, meaning the majority of people lost their bets.

Any time it seems too easy, it never is.

It’s hard to believe a game played in those conditions hit the over, while one particular game on Saturday went under. That’s what makes football so much fun to follow.

Kyle Shanahan makes his QB preference clear despite Jimmy Garoppolo injury

Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers fans may be eager for a quarterback change, but coach Kyle Shanahan does not seem inclined to bench Jimmy Garoppolo as long as he’s healthy.

Garoppolo left Sunday’s game against Seattle at halftime with a calf injury and did not return for the second half. He was replaced by rookie Trey Lance, who threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 defeat.

Shanahan made clear, however, that he still views Garoppolo as his starter following the game. The coach added that he had hoped to be able to give Lance more time before throwing him into action full-time.

Garoppolo said after the game he hoped to miss only a couple weeks, suggesting Lance will have to make at least one start instead.

The veteran quarterback hasn’t been terribly impressive this season, tallying 925 passing yards through four weeks. There’s no doubt the injury comes at a frustrating time for him. He already seemed annoyed at sharing snaps with Lance, and the fact that the team will get a longer look at the rookie while Garoppolo is sidelined might not be good news for the veteran.

Trey Lance replaces injured Jimmy Garoppolo at QB for 49ers

Trey Lance

A combination of poor performance and apparent injury may mean an extended look at Trey Lance as San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Lance started the second half of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in place of starter Jimmy Garoppolo. The initial belief was that coach Kyle Shanahan had benched Garoppolo, but the team later announced that Garoppolo had a calf injury and was questionable to return.

The 49ers would have been justified in replacing Garoppolo based on performance. He went 14-of-23 in the first half with a touchdown and an interception. He had just 165 passing yards, averaging a paltry 7.2 yards per completion.

The Niners have been adamant about starting Garoppolo, but his season got off to a very inauspicious start. It remains to be seen how serious Garoppolo’s injury is, or how capable Lance looks. Depending on the outcome, it wouldn’t be a stunner to see this quarterback change become permanent.

49ers completely botched their Tom Brady analysis

Tom Brady

Tom Brady was pursued by at least a handful of teams once he decided to leave the New England Patriots, but the sweepstakes would have ended much more quickly if the San Francisco 49ers were interested. Unfortunately for them, they seem to have badly misjudged the future Hall of Famer’s skills.

In his upcoming book about the Patriots’ dynasty, “It’s Better to Be Feared,” ESPN’s Seth Wickersham says Brady informed Wes Welker, a wide receivers coach with the 49ers, that he wanted to sign with San Francisco during the 2019 offseason. Brady is from the Bay Area and his family still lives there. According to Wickersham, Brady told Welker that there would be “no free-agency tour, no bidding war, full stop; he would end his career where his love of football began, in scarlet and gold, allowing his parents to drive to (his) games for the first time since the 1990s.”

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports confirmed that Kyle Shanahan and the Niners were aware that Brady wanted to sign with them. But Wickersham reports that Shanahan asked his offensive assistants to watch all of Brady’s throws from the 2019 season. Shanahan did the same, and San Francisco’s coaching staff came to the conclusion that Brady was not much better than Jimmy Garaoppolo at that stage of both quarterbacks’ careers. For that reason, the 49ers passed.


Garoppolo had just led the Niners to the Super Bowl, so you can understand why the team believed in him. You can also understand why they were concerned about Brady’s skills declining, as his numbers were down across the board in 2019.

Of course, we have since learned that Brady only struggled in his final season with the Patriots because he had a terrible offense around him. It has also become clear that Garoppolo is average at best, which is why the Niners traded up to draft Trey Lance.

Now that we have all of this new information, it seems safe to assume Brady was talking about Garoppolo when he made this famous remark last offseason. While the 49ers don’t have nearly as good of a supporting cast as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they have to be kicking themselves over not signing Brady.