A New Era? Or Just a Tease?

With 58:53 of the 49ers/Seattle game in the books, the Jimmy Garoppolo era started. CJ BeatHard, who was again beaten hard, suffered a leg injury, and in that last 1:07, Jimmy Garoppolo ran for 4 yards and a 1st down, and completed 2 passes for 18 yards, including a 10 yard TD as the game ended, for his first action as a San Francisco 49er.  Wonderful to say the least, but really, you can’t ascribe too much to that performance, but hey, at least he didn’t throw a pick or puke on his cleats.

So, what now? Of course, Kyle Shanahan is cagey about his decision for next weekend’s game vs the Bears, but for all intents and purposes, I’m about 98% sure that this will be Jimmy G’s first start. Shanny has the excuse of saying CJ is hurt and Garoppolo is next man up. And when he shines, the decision will be made to stick with Garoppolo. Something along those lines anyway. They need to give him a lot of reps, even with a banged-up line, to see what he brings to the table. They are basing their future on whether or not he’s the horse to back in the immediate and long-term future of the QB position. BeatHard may or may not be the backup, but he’s a lesser concern than Jimmy G.

Let’s hope Garoppolo’s debut is similar to Colin Kaepernick’s first start, also against Chicago, when Kappy went 16-23 for 243, 2 TDs, and a QB rating of 133.1 waaaaay back in 2012.

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25 Responses to A New Era? Or Just a Tease?

  1. Irish Kevin says:

    I just watched a video of JG’s TD pass, it did not appear that Seattle’s D was going full bore on the pass rush, so I would not put too much analysis into this, it was a great pass though. I can see both reasons for playing him or not playing him. First why take a chance of him getting seriously hurt and miss some time next year, especially with the Swiss cheese Oline. And there is film of his1 1/2 games in NE and this one series. But the other way is, let’s see how he does when he is running for his life. And th n there is the players side, does the rest of the players feel more comfortable with JG behind center. Are the receivers tired of CJ running around and not knowing who he is going to throw to. So much to think about.

  2. Flavor says:

    OLine gonna be swiss cheese next year too. He seems mobile enough.Let’s get him in there.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Thing is, I think JG can mitigate the shitty line by getting the passes out faster. Not sure if it was a design of the plays, but CJ rarely got balls out in less than 4 seconds.

    No slants.

    Because he can’t throw them? Or he doesn’t read and react fast enough?

    We are down a bunch of WRs but still .. .

  4. Winder says:

    Barkley and then OLine and maybe our QB’s will have a chance. Hopefully, Brown and Staley will be back but that is still now enough to run an efficient offense.

  5. Lurker John says:

    JG figures to go Sunday. Chicago is near his hometown, Beathard is banged up and this is a winnable game. We need to start giving the defense less time on the field by running a more productive offense. CJ has given a hell of an effort and I love his moxy, but he’s as green as they come. Even without full command of the playbook, Garappolo is far ahead of CJ in being ready for NFL play. Let’s see what he can do.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    What’s sort of amazing is how good the defense will be when healthy and with a decent offense. The pass rush is still lacking a bit, but even this last game, the defense played a great game and did a good job on Wilson.

  7. 12th Man says:

    2 more to IR, Mostert RB and special teams ace and Magnusson RG/C/RT, just plain crazy how many guys went on IR this year.

    • Lurker John says:

      Mostert has been an unsung hero for this team, excellent on ST and as a fill in at RB. I’d like to see him back next year.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Shit. We neeed 3 interior linemen this week.

  9. Winder says:

    I know CJ has not been as proficient as he could have been. However, the way he has carried himself and the toughness he’s shown has made me a fan. I truly believe that Jimmy G. is gonna be our starter next year and that is as it should be. I think for CJ to sit for a year or so and learn more about getting rid of the ball and just learning everything he will become a great 49er. I just hope we don’t lose him in the process.

    • Lurker John says:

      I agree. He needs a lot more reps, and learning behind a vet will be the best thing for him now. The Niners look to be in pretty good shape at QB right now, amazingly enough.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    There’s no reason to abandon CJ at this point. I was leery of putting him in in the first place. He took the shots with little complaint as the line fell apart around him. He has a lot of upside, but yeah, he needs to learn behind a starter. As Garoppolo did.

  11. Nipper says:

    Go Jimmy G……….Go team. Beat the BEARS!

  12. Irish Kevin says:

    Brent Jones on KNBR says play JG, says fans watched the Niners give up a 2nd draft pick and have a 1:06 3 plus plays to show for it. He says now that CJ is beat up they should play JG or just throw in the towel and have C Hyde be QB

  13. 12th Man says:

    Jimmy starts this week

  14. Irish Kevin says:

    Yes he does, him and Kyle will hold a news conference tomorrow!

  15. 12th Man says:

    Eli Manning benched, Geno Smith to start in his place, wow.

  16. Lurker John says:

    I’m looking forward to JG’s 49er debut. This freakin’ IR thing has gotten to the point where it’d be comical if it wasn’t so damn sad. They can’t seem to get through a game without someone going down.

    • Winder says:

      It has been unbelievably bad for us this year. I have a feeling they are IR-ing some just to make room for others to come in.

      • NJ49er says:

        I believe it’s a means to an end as well Winder.
        Lost season, young roster, guys needing game action to be evaluated in the end.
        I’m still waiting for Lynch to raid more PS players before it’s all done for the year too.
        I’d be poaching as many fringe guys as possible, to finish out the season, just to see what’s possible.
        Knowing the Seattle connection to Defense with Saleh and Gus Bradley, anyone on the LAC PS, playing Defense, would be an obvious starting point for me.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    I don’t know Winder. Most of the guys getting hurt are replacements themselves. Fringe guys aren’t what this team needs. It need starters and depth. PS guys ain’t gonna do it. We need to spend free agent money and hit another draft.

    New thread is up.

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