Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Chiefs after taking a big hit along the sideline inside the game's final quarter.
Moments after revealing the possibility of an ACL injury for Garoppolo, Shanahan quickly pivoted to expressing his optimism about Beathard. Obviously, feel for him personally.
Facing third-and-goal from the Kansas City 20-yard line with just over five minutes left, Garoppolo ran beyond the line of scrimmage in an attempt to reach the end zone. To put it bluntly, the Niners' season now rides on whether Beathard can, at least, provide some of the things Garoppolo brings to the table. Garoppolo is one of the bright, shining stars of the National Football League within the same generation as Andrew Luck, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Baker Mayfield and others.
If Garoppolo is unable to play next week against the Chargers, C.J. Beathard would likely start as quarterback, unless the 49ers front office decides to explore a trade or free agency.
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"He's a hell of a quarterback", Kittle said of his former Hawkeye teammate. No hesitation. C.J.is a gamer. He knows how to win.
Mahomes finished with 314 yards passing in his first regular-season start at Arrowhead Stadium, and his touchdown throws to Conley, Demetrius Harris and Sammy Watkins gave him 13 this season without an interception. He's going to step right in and he's going to do just fine. "We're going to fight for you, no matter what'". 2018 has now turned into one more year for the rebuild instead of what was looking like the opening of a Super Bowl window.
"We will think about that later", he said, "But I am definitely happy with the guys we got".
Garoppolo came into action having thrown for 467 yards and three touchdowns.