Getting C.J. Beathard healthy (thumb) and getting another week of learning for Jimmy Garoppolo will be important as HC Kyle Shanahan once again intends to institute his week-to-week approach in making a decision on who his starter will be. Like last week, Shanahan indicated that the quarterback who fares better in practice after the bye will start against Seattle.
Asked Monday if watching the film of Beathard's strong showing against the Giants had forced him to reconsider who will start against the Seahawks, Shanahan said nothing had changed, though he left plenty of wiggle room for a change should Garoppolo prove ready to go.
"We'll see how practice goes next week," Shanahan said. "C.J. played pretty well. I thought he had his best game. I think he’s gotten better each week in practice, and I think it showed in the game the most. I thought the guys played around him their best game, too, which definitely makes it easier to keep everyone out there and keep that going. We'll see how Jimmy responds this week. We'll get to work more one-on-one with him, get a little extra practice on Monday and see how it goes. We'll have our game plan done Monday and Tuesday and we’ll start practicing our game plan Wednesday.”
The story pretty much indicates going with Garoppolo would make the most sense for the team at this point. Unfortunately, the 49ers will play the Seahawks D Week 12, so it will be a tough matchup for either QB. However, it's a home game and the story makes it seem like starting Garoppolo at home could create more buzz and fill some seats. Either way, it looks like this decision is at least a week away from being made.