Kyle Shanahan Headlines

  • Once-benched C.J. Beathard will be back at QB

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Sunday, in a training room at Arrowhead Stadium, a torch was reluctantly passed: After a 38-27 loss to the Chiefs, Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo shared a moment with his backup, C.J. Beathard. "I told him I would be praying for him and that I love him," Beathard said. "He told me to lead these guys." With Garoppolo likely out for the season with what is feared to be a torn ACL, Beathard will assume the starting job he lost about a month after Garoppolo was acquired in...

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  • Niners fans drown their Jimmy G sorrows in online memes

    Many took to Twitter to post Crying Jordan memes, photos of a vigil candle and to just plain lament the bad luck of being a Niners fan who was hoping Jimmy Garoppolo could finally deliver a winning season.

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  • 49ers’ Sherman OK for Sunday, but practice routine could be tweaked

    Richard Sherman will play Sunday against the Chiefs, but he might practice a bit differently during the rest of the season. On Friday, the 49ers cornerback wasn't even listed on the injury report a day after he didn't practice due to a heel injury. Head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked if Sherman's heel issue was tied one of his Achilles. Sherman has had procedures on both Achilles in the past 10 months. "You can ask him; I think there's wear and tear," Shanahan said. "I'd like to give him some...

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  • Why not trade for Josh Gordon? 49ers’ John Lynch explains

    General manager John Lynch indicated Josh Gordon's extensive off-the-field issues were the reason the 49ers didn't pursue a trade for the wide receiver more aggressively. On Monday, the Browns traded Gordon, 27, and 2019 seventh-round pick to the Patriots for a 2019 fifth-round pick. On Sunday, Lynch had said the 49ers called the Browns about Gordon and were doing their homework on him. Of course, much of the background work involved speaking with head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the Browns...

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  • Errors by young 49ers WRs highlight challenges of Shanahan’s system

    Last year, as a rookie, 49ers tight end George Kittle had 43 catches for 515 yards and, unofficially, a million mental mistakes. Just ask Kittle, who recently said his second-season improvement is tied to his better understanding of Kyle Shanahan's advanced-calculus playbook. "I know I'm a much better player than I was last year," Kittle said, "because my head's not cut off running around and not knowing what's going on." The message wide receivers Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne can take from...

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  • Who’s fastest? 49ers’ Goodwin cleverly answers when asked about Hill

    In the discussion about the NFL's fastest player, two wide receivers, the 49ers' Marquise Goodwin and Chiefs' Tyreek Hill, are certainly in the conversation. On Wednesday, however, Goodwin declined to enter the discussion when asked if he was faster than Hill. Well, sort of. In response, Goodwin pulled up the sleeve on his left arm and pointed to his tattoo of Olympic rings. It was a reference to the fact he'd competed in the long jump in the 2012 Olympics and, perhaps, it was a suggestion that...

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  • Will the just-right Jimmy Garoppolo show up for 49ers in Week 3?

    In Week 1, he was too reckless. In Week 2, he was too cautious. The question for Week 3: When will Jimmy Garoppolo be as glorious as he was last year? Perceptions change rapidly in the NFL. And that fact is neatly illustrated this week with the 49ers and Garoppolo visiting the Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes. Less than two week ago, when Garoppolo had a 7-0 record, there were jokes about him never losing a start in his career. But that crack about unsustainable perfection is so five minutes ago:...

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  • 49ers have a CB question with Mahomes next up

    As quarterback Matthew Stafford was furiously trying to rally the Lions from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit Sunday, the 49ers made a defensive change in hopes of stopping his momentum. They inserted cornerback Jimmie Ward for starter Ahkello Witherspoon, who played just 12 of the final 15 defensive snaps. "That was crunch time," head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday after a 30-27 win over Detroit. "Going against a real good offense there. Stafford's got a great chance to get back in the game...

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  • 49ers fortunate to escape with 1st win after near collapse

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Nearly squandering a 17-point fourth quarter lead left a sour taste in the mouths of the San Francisco 49ers following their first win of the season. San Francisco held on for a 30-27 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday in a game that they ...

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  • Report: Patriots, not 49ers, to make trade for Josh Gordon

    After making a call about Josh Gordon, the 49ers won’t be making a trade for the Browns wide receiver. Instead it appears the Patriots will swing a deal for Gordon, 27, according to the NFL Network, which reported the transaction has yet to be finalized. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch said the 49ers had contacted the Browns and were doing their homework on Gordon, who has played in just 11 of 65 games since 2013 largely due to NFL suspensions for drug violations. In 2014, his lone season...

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  • 49ers have inquired about trade for Browns WR Gordon

    Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch told The Chronicle the 49ers have called Cleveland about a potential trade and they are doing their homework on the talented and troubled wideout who has played for head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan, who was Cleveland's offensive coordinator in 2014, was also asked about Gordon. He said he was "content with our whole team" when asked if he...

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  • 49ers have inquired about trade for Browns WR Gordon

    Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch told The Chronicle the 49ers have called Cleveland about a potential trade and they are doing their homework on the talented and troubled wideout who has played for head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan, who was Cleveland's offensive coordinator in 2014, was also asked about Gordon. He said he was "content with our whole team" when asked if he...

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  • 49ers hold on for 30-27 win over Lions

    On the heels of a season-opening loss, the 49ers got exactly what they needed: the Lions in the Bay Area. On Sunday, the 49ers held off Detroit 30-27 to extend their home winning streak against the Lions to 13 games, a run that began at Candlestick Park in 1977. In the latest edition at Levi's Stadium, the 49ers took a 30-13 lead early in the fourth quarter before Detroit responded with two drives capped by touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford in a five-minute span. After Stafford's 15-yard ...

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  • John Lynch: 49ers have called about Browns WR Josh Gordon

    Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon would like to join the 49ers, and there is at least some degree of mutual interest. On Sunday, general manager John Lynch said the 49ers have called Cleveland about a potential trade and they are doing their homework on the talented and troubled wideout who has played for head coach Kyle Shanahan. On Saturday, Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a statement Cleveland would release Gordon on Monday, but they have since received trade interest. Gordon...

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  • Miracle man: 49ers RG Mike Person will start despite foot injury

    Evidently Mike Person made a miraculous recovery. After not practicing during the week due to a foot injury he sustained in last week's season-opening loss to Minnesota, the 49ers starting right guard is active for today's home opener against the Lions. It was widely expected the 49ers would start undrafted rookie guard Najee Toran, who was promoted from the practice squad Monday after Person and his backup, Joshua Garnett (toe), were injured against the Vikings. Garnett is inactive today. On...

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  • 49ers WR Goodwin unlikely to play Sunday vs. Lions

    Before their first game, the 49ers lost their starting running back for the season. Now, before their second game, it appears they won't have one of their starting wide receivers for at least a week. On Friday, Marquise Goodwin wasn't in uniform and was doing rehab work on a side field at the start of practice, which is a strong signal that he won't play when the 49ers host the Lions on Sunday. Goodwin, who hasn't practiced this week, was injured in last week's season-opening loss at...

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  • Turning to Toran: 49ers likely to start undrafted rookie at right guard

    It's only the second week of the season, but the 49ers are already down to starting their third-string right guard. At least that's the likely scenario for Sunday's game against the visiting Lions after starter Mike Person (foot) and his backup, Joshua Garnett (toe), missed their second straight practice Thursday. If they can't play, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers will turn to Najee Toran, an undrafted rookie from UCLA who was elevated from the practice squad Monday. "I'm expecting...

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  • FOX analyst on 49ers TE George Kittle: ‘He’s just a matchup problem’

    As noted here, former Pro Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman was very impressed by Fred Warner's performance last week. But the rookie linebacker wasn't the only young 49ers player Spielman was taken with: He's also quite high on George Kittle, their tight end who has some linebacker in his game. "I think he plays angry -- he plays with controlled anger," Spielman said. "And that's what you want." I reached out to Spielman, 52, this week to get his thoughts on the Lions before Detroit visits the...

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  • 49ers' social media manager caught a Jimmy Garoppolo misfire during Vikings game, got it on video

    49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fired a pass into the endzone during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, where it was caught by Johnny Volk. The only issue is that Volk is the team's social media manager, and not a wide receiver.

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  • 49ers unsure about state of offensive line

    One day after the 49ers scrambled to cover for injuries on their offensive line, head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn't sure if guards Mike Person and Joshua Garnett would be available for next Sunday's home opener against Detroit. Shanahan, at his weekly news conference Monday in Santa Clara, said Person strained his foot and Garnett dislocated his toe in Sunday's 24-16 loss to Minnesota. That forced rookie tackle Mike McGlinchey to move to guard for most of the second half, with Garry Gilliam...

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  • Mike McGlinchey’s NFL debut doesn’t go as expected in 49ers’ loss

    MINNEAPOLIS - There's a first time for everything, as Mike McGlinchey learned in his first NFL game. The rookie right tackle spent the final 29 minutes of the 49ers' season-opening 24-16 loss to the Vikings playing right guard, a position he hadn't played at any level. After the 49ers lost their top two right guards to injuries, offensive line coach John Benton approached the draft's ninth overall pick early in the third quarter. "He said 'McGlinch, you want to play right guard?'" McGlinchey...

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  • 49ers will open light at linebacker

    The 49ers keep losing linebackers. On Friday, backup outside linebacker and core special-teams player Dekoda Watson sustained a hamstring injury in practice that will case him to miss the season opener on Sunday at Minnesota. In addition, inside linebacker Malcolm Smith was listed as doubtful a day after defensive coordinator Robert Saleh sounded optimistic about his chances to play. Of course, the news comes with inside linebacker Reuben Foster serving a two-game suspension to open the...

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  • The best will be first: 49ers open against Vikings’ top-ranked defense

    With free agency and the salary cap, NFL teams can't get keep a group of skilled, productive players together for long and ... blah, blah, blah. Don't tell that to the Minnesota Vikings. At least not to their defense. On Sunday, the 49ers will open the season against a unit that returns 10 of 11 starters from the league's top-ranked defense, and Minnesota's new man is Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson is one of five Pro Bowlers on a defense that features five players who...

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  • 2018 49ers unit breakdowns

    OFFENSE Run Jerick McKinnon was slated to be the do-it-all feature back, but he was lost for the season when he tore his ACL in practice Saturday. Those duties now figure to be shared by Matt Breida and Alfred Morris, who provide a lightning-and-power vibe. It could be a relatively even split: At 190 pounds, Breida might not be able to withstand too many touches. Morris' snaps could be limited by his pass-catching ability (just 57 receptions in six seasons). If right guard Joshua Garnett...

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