Quarterback C.J Beathard has been named the starter again for the 49ers this Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Wednesday.
Rumors had been swirling that Shanahan would give newly acquired Jimmy Garappolo the chance to start after the team’s bye week, but Shanahan said he wasn’t ready.
“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said in his press conference. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He hasn’t been here long enough.
“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year. That’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely made the decision easier.”
The 49ers have had Garoppolo for almost a month after they traded a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots on Oct. 30.
Beathard snagged his first NFL win (and the first win for the 49ers this season) in Week 10 against the Giants. However, the 49ers didn’t likely trade their second-round pick for Garoppolo to sit as Beathard’s backup.
It’s unclear when Garoppolo will start this season, but the 49ers will have a real test when they face the Seahawks in an NFC West division showdown Sunday.