The San Francisco 49ers have named Jimmy Garoppolo the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday’s matchup against the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Tuesday.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard on Tuesday to inform them of his decision.
Garoppolo, who was acquired by the 49ers in a trade from the New England Patriots last month, made his 49ers debut during last Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks when Beathard went down with an injury to his left leg.
Garoppolo replaced Beathard to a loud ovation from fans, and promptly ran for 4 yards and completed his only two passes for 19 yards, including a touchdown.
That cameo was enough to leave many Niners fans wanting more, but Shanahan did not want to commit to the change after the game. Since the 49ers acquired Garoppolo, Shanahan has preached patience with the former Patriots backup as he learns a new system after 3½ years in New England.
Shanahan said he would not factor Garoppolo’s three plays against the Seahawks into his decision. Instead, Beathard’s health and Garoppolo’s state of readiness would be his primary concerns.
Shanahan said Monday he had seen Garoppolo take steps forward. He also said Beathard was “pretty banged up” after suffering a bruise to his left knee and a hip strain, and that he wanted to give Beathard a little more time to recover before making a decision on this week’s starter.