The 49ers acquired their quarterback of the long run, Jimmy Garoppolo, earlier this week in a commerce with the New England Patriots, however when will that future be right here?
After all, the 49ers have an Zero-Eight document — endurance is carrying skinny.
But 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t present any solutions to that query at his press convention Wednesday — he even went as far to say that Garoppolo may not play for the 49ers this season.
“I can’t promise you guys that he won’t play this week. I can’t promise you guys that he’ll play this year,” Shanahan stated.
That was most likely a little bit of hyperbole to create misdirection, and so the query stands: When will Garoppolo begin a recreation for the 49ers?
Here’s how I’d handicap it:
This week in opposition to Arizona: Zero.01 % likelihood
Shanahan has named rookie C.J. Beathard the starter for Sunday’s recreation, so until Beathard is injured or falls in poor health earlier than kickoff, you possibly can rely on him to take the snaps in opposition to the Cardinals.
Shanahan and Garoppolo are in settlement that studying the top coach’s offensive playbook isn’t going to be one thing the quarterback can absolutely do in a couple of days — it’s verbose and sophisticated, and going on the market with out an understanding of it’s harmful, notably behind this porous 49ers’ offensive line.
That stated, Garoppolo is anticipated to be in uniform for Sunday’s recreation because the 49ers’ solely backup quarterback — if one thing occurs to Beathard behind that penetrable o-line, it’ll be Garoppolo that is known as into motion.
Don’t rule out that chance, however you possibly can rely on Garoppolo not beginning Sunday’s recreation.
Next week in opposition to the New York Giants: Better than 50-50
This quantity is closely tied to Beathard’s efficiency in opposition to Arizona — if the rookie performs properly and the 49ers win their first recreation of the yr, Shanahan can be exhausting pressed to bench him in favor of the brand new man.
No, in that case, my educated guess is that Shanahan offers the child one other shot — he performs till he has a poor efficiency or loses a recreation. It’s exhausting to think about these two components not being intertwined.
But Shanahan not calling up follow squad quarterback Nick Mullens for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Arizona is telling — it implies that he has religion that Garoppolo can study sufficient of the playbook in a couple of days that he can belief him to take the sector, even when it’s simply in an emergency scenario.
If he trusts him sufficient to have him on the energetic roster after 5 days on the town, you possibly can think about that he’d suppose Garoppolo might be up-to-speed on the playbook sufficient to be prepared to start out after 12 days in Santa Clara.
That stated, with a bye week looming after the Giants recreation, Shanahan would possibly wish to double that 12-day interval earlier than he has Garoppolo take the sector — you possibly can by no means be too ready.
Which brings us again to Beathard — can he purchase Shanahan extra time to arrange Garoppolo?
(You need to really feel for the child, a bit. “Hey, go out there, play well, and win a game so we have more time to prepare the guy who is going to take away your job.”)
Nov. 26 vs. Seattle: 99.99 %
We all bear in mind what occurred on Thanksgiving in 2014 — some view it as the top of an ideal period of 49ers soccer.
Why not begin a brand new period three years later?
Geez, has it actually solely been three years since that occurred? Things positive do take perpetually when you’ve got top-to-bottom franchise dysfunction.
I do know Shanahan is attempting to play up Beathard and never publicly anoint Garoppolo by claiming the 2 might be in competitors for the beginning quarterback spot, however Garoppolo was simply in a quarterback “competition” with Tom Brady, and he was doing so properly that there have been quite a lot of questioning earlier than the season if the Patriots ought to transfer on from arguably the best quarterback of all time on the finish of the 2017 season.
And I’m not telling you one thing you don’t already know, however Beathard isn’t any Tom Brady.
This isn’t a contest — if it was, it’d be an unfair one — and so the second Shanahan looks like Garoppolo is prepared, he’s going to play. And if he isn’t prepared after 24 days in Santa Clara, the Niners have large issues.
Perhaps this commerce lights a hearth underneath the rookie quarterback and he turns into the second coming of Brady — technically talking, we will’t rule that out — however outdoors of damage, that’s the one factor that would stop Garoppolo from beginning in opposition to Seattle after the 49ers’ bye week.