This season is everything the 49ers hoped it would not be.
2018 was supposed to be the year the San Francisco 49ers were finally back in contention for the playoffs. After years of irrelevance, Jimmy Garoppolo brought back the hope among fans that his team would make a push for the playoffs for the first time in five years. Now he is out for the season with a torn ACL (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter), and gone with him is the hype that surrounded the 49ers.
After an up-and-down start to the season in Minnesota and a better performance against the Lions, Garoppolo seemed to get in a groove against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 3, especially in the second half. The 49ers trailed by a whopping 25 points at halftime, but then preceded to shut out their opponent’s high-octane offense in the third quarter. Down 14 points, looking to get within one score, Garoppolo scrambled on 3rd down in the Chiefs redzone. Instead of going out of bounds and avoiding the hit, he lowered his shoulder and tried to run over Chiefs CB Steven Nelson to fight for the extra yard. Apparently while stemming into the ground, Garoppolo’s left knee gave in, and subsequently his ACL tore.
Now it is upon second-year quarterback CJ Beathard to take the reigns once again as the starting quarterback in the middle of the season. Since Beathard is the only other quarterback on the roster, the team is working out former Texans QB Tom Savage (per ESPN’s Jordan Schultz). If that does not pan out, they also have the option to bring up Nick Mullens from the practice squad to back up Beathard on the 53-man roster.
The 49ers travel to Los Angeles in week 4 to take on another high-octane Charger’s offense lead by Phillip Rivers. Let’s hope Beathard is up for the tall task.