The 49ers would probably be best served to see him play a little bit more, as the gunslinger is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Beyond that? Who knows?
"There was a time in the game versus the Giants where we thought we lost C.J.", Shanahan said.
Basically, without getting more data from Handsome Jim, the Niners won't have enough information to make an educated decision come contract discussion. The starting quarterback job could remain a storyline for the remainder of the season. No matter how Garoppolo plays after being acquired midseason, being forced to learn a complex playbook on the fly and being surrounded by an unfamiliar (and not very talented) supporting cast, Garoppolo's play won't significantly alter Shanahan's opinion of the quarterback heading into an important offseason. It wasn't just C.J., but the offense around him. After all, Garoppolo is still learning Shanahan's complicated and detail-oriented offense while Beathard has been working within the system for almost seven months and is coming off of the best performance of his young National Football League career.
"It was really the same as any other week", Shanahan said on the "Tolbert & Lund" show. "But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely made the decision easier". "You guys obviously know what we think of Jimmy in terms of why we brought him here". If one guy was totally different quarterback than the other - and they're both different - but if one guy's an option quarterback and does all this other stuff and can't move at all, then that's something you keep a secret, two totally different options.
Shanahan went on to explain that there is no deadline for Garoppolo to play. One of his main problems was a failure to get players lined up properly, which is fundamental for a quarterback. It would be great if it could work out that way but that's just not the situation any of us are in. "We'll see. He'd have to practice a little bit this week, but I'm not feeling too optimistic about that". "It's been nice to add a few things each week for him". "It was after his touchdown run, and his thumb was bothering him, and Jimmy had to start warming up". Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said at the time that they had no intention of moving Staley and followed through by keeping him.
"Jimmy gets more and more ready each week". San Francisco has scored more than seven points just once in its last three home games against Seattle: the finale to last regular season, the Seahawks' 25-23 win on New Year's Day.
You can listen to the entire interview with Shanahan below.