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Quarterback C.J. Beathard was one of San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s first NFL Draft picks. And while Beathard is a gutsy, respect-earning signal-caller, it’s clear the Niners should move on.
In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers drafted quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third round of that year’s NFL Draft. He was one of the first draft picks under head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. That same season, Beathard started seven games and looked good enough, considering the circumstances, playing well for a rookie quarterback although he only won one game.

Then, as we all remember, Jimmy Garoppolo came in via a trade and blew Beathard out of the water, winning five straight games to close out the year.

The next season, Garoppolo tore his ACL, and Beathard took over as the starter again. Beathard then led the Niners to six straight losses and was eventually replaced by Nick Mullens, an undrafted free agent San Francisco signed the same year Beathard was drafted.

Mullens went on to have one the greatest debuts for a QB in NFL history in the Niners’ final game against the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders. This performance was so great, Twitter verified Mullens during the game.

Mullens then started the rest of the season, winning three games.

But Mullens looked good. In fact, he looked like a complete steal, considering he was an undrafted free agent. The next season, with Garoppolo set to return, Beathard and Mullens dueled in training camp for the backup quarterback job. Mullens won this battle.

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At this point, most people expected the Niners to cut or trade Beathard, as conventional wisdom around the NFL is to keep only two quarterbacks on a 53-man roster. But the 49ers made a strange move, keeping Beathard throughout the season, despite rumors other teams were interested in trading for him.

Beathard did not dress for any games in 2019, but the 49ers kept him anyway. His roster spot could have been given to a player of a different position, but for some reason, the Niners held on.

Why?

Honestly, no one knows for certain. It seems like the Niners simply refuse to give up on Beathard, despite it being obvious Mullens is the more talented backup. In my opinion, this comes out of pride and stubbornness from Shanahan.

Shanahan’s pride is usually one of the best things about him as a head coach. It allows him to confidently make play calls most coaches would be terrified to make and has led to the swagger that makes him one of the NFL’s best coaches.

But in this case, his pride is standing in the way of what is best for the team.

Shanahan handpicked Beathard, and it seems like he is unwilling to admit Beathard is not who he thought he was, and it is time to move on. Beathard is currently not a starting-caliber quarterback, and he is not even the best backup the 49ers have.

The thing is, though, Beathard is still one of the more talented backup quarterbacks in the NFL. Other teams want him, they tried to trade for him last season, and there is no reason to expect they won’t try the same this offseason.

That is why it is ridiculous for the Niners not to move on from Beathard. The 49ers have zero draft picks in the second through fourth rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Beathard could be traded for picks or other assets the Niners actually need instead of keeping a third quarterback on the roster who did not even dress last season.

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It is time for the Niners to finally move on from Beathard. He’s taking up a roster spot, and while he is the worst quarterback on the Niners’ roster, he is talented enough that other teams want him. San Francisco should look to trade Beathard for some assets in this year’s draft, and it is time for Shanahan to admit Beathard is not the quarterback he thought he was.

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Two years ago, shortly after he became the 49ers’ defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh was asked about the position where he places the team’s best pass rusher.

Did he need an elite player to play the so-called “Leo” spot?

“Oh, yeah,” Saleh said definitively before changing his tone. “… I don’t know (about) needing one per se, but we’ll find one.”

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Well, it took two years, but here’s the good news for Saleh: It appears the 49ers have found two.

On Wednesday, Saleh addressed the media for the first time since the 49ers traded for Pro Bowl pass rusher Dee Ford in March before adding pass rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick in the draft in April.

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The additions have inspired optimism that the defense can take a much-needed step after its middling pass rush was a big reason it ranked 28th and 25th, respectively, in points allowed during Saleh’s first two seasons.

With Bosa and Ford on board, Saleh can say it without hesitation: An elite “Leo” is a huge part of making his 4-3 defense work.

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“It’s like telling an offense to get by without a good quarterback,” Saleh said. “Our front is everything. It starts with the front. It’s a big man’s game. Big men usually win. And to have (Ford’s) speed element along with Bosa’s power. And the inside guys that we have …”

Last year, Saleh’s job security came into question as the 49ers set an NFL record for fewest takeaways in a season (seven) and allowed 27.2 points a game.

A more potent pass rush could make Saleh appear smarter this season. And he’s not alone: Pass-rush specialist Chris Kiffin, in his second season, joked his job became easier this offseason.

Kiffin will coach a defensive-line group that includes five first-round picks, all of whom were taken with a top-23 selection. Along the interior, DeForest Buckner, who had a career-best 12 sacks last year, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas could benefit from the attention Ford and Bosa attract.

“Now that we have some edge presence,” Kiffin said, “and we have a dominant interior rusher, and piece together guys like Armstead and Solly, who keep coming along … it will be fun to see how it all plays out.”

Of course, it’s only May. Bosa is already sidelined with a hamstring injury that could keep him out until training camp. And Armstead and Thomas, to varying degrees, have yet to realize their first-round expectations.

Still, the 49ers, on paper, resemble a poor man’s Purple People Eaters.

And the potential of the group has them talking Super Bowl. They’re not necessarily talking about playing in this year’s title game on the heels of a 4-12 season. But they are noting they appear to have the same key ingredients recent champions have possessed.

New secondary coach Joe Woods had the same position in 2015 with the Broncos, who beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium. Denver, which had past-his-prime QB Peyton Manning, was led by a defense featuring Pro Bowl pass rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

“I think now with the pieces that we’ve added, in terms of our rushers up front, with Dee Ford and now you’ve got Bosa,” Woods said, “it was kind of the same formula in Denver when we had two good edge rushers and everyone forgets about (tackle) Malik Jackson inside.”

For his part, strong safety Jaquiski Tartt referenced the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks when discussing the offseason upgrades.

“Going back to the year the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl,” Tartt said, “the pressure that their defensive line brought, the quarterback was throwing it hot and the ball was out instantly.”

That didn’t happen often last year, which helps explain why the 49ers set an NFL record for fewest interceptions (two). The 49ers didn’t make major changes to the secondary in the offseason and they hope an improved pass rush will boost their back end.

The defensive line is “the lifeblood of our system, (and) I feel like we’ve got a good one,” Saleh said. “We should, hopefully, see a much more efficient defense.”

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The San Francisco 49ers will look to get maximum returns on their top 2019 NFL Draft investment, EDGE Nick Bosa, who is the subject of this Niner Noise “Who Is?” breakdown.
The San Francisco 49ers managed to land the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, Nick Bosa, after the top-selecting Arizona Cardinals elected to go with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray instead.

Bosa, the prolific Ohio State edge rusher who sat out the majority of his 2018 campaign with an abdominal injury, didn’t have much to prove after his recovery and through this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. He was already widely viewed as the draft’s top prospect — an immediate game changer and player capable of upgrading any defense.

Especially like that of the Niners, whose 37 sacks in 2018 were tied for 22nd in the league, and which also allowed the league’s fifth most points last season (435).

Bosa’s collegiate stats don’t necessarily jump off the paper:

Nick Bosa Defense & Fumbles Table
Tack Tack Tack Tack Tack Def Fumb Fumb Fumb
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk PD FR TD FF
*2016 Ohio State Big Ten FR DE 12 17 12 29 7.0 5.0 0 0 0
*2017 Ohio State Big Ten SO DL 14 19 15 34 16.0 8.5 2 0 1
*2018 Ohio State Big Ten JR DE 3 11 3 14 6.0 4.0 0 0 1 1
Career Ohio State 47 30 77 29.0 17.5 2 0 1 2
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Generated 5/11/2019.

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But they don’t have to. Scouts, analysts and pundits who merely use collegiate stats to measure a player’s potential impact at the NFL level are shortsighted. There’s so much more to Bosa’s game, which could promote the Ohio State product to consideration for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year candidacy.

The 49ers are hoping Bosa winds up being that game changer right away. But what kind of player are they getting?

More importantly, what should fans expect out of the Niners’ top pick from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Let’s take a look in our latest “Who Is?” installment.