SANTA CLARA — The 49ers desperately need C.J. Beathard to play well. How good is he based on statistics from last season?
Beathard wasn’t merely bad. He was one of the worst starting quarterbacks the 49ers have had in the past 40 years.
Granted, he was a rookie. But he started five games, threw 224 passes and his quarterback rating was just 69.2. The only 49ers starting quarterback since 1981 who threw at least 200 passes and had a worse rating than Beathard was Ken Dorsey, whose rating was 62.4 in 2004.
Now, the 49ers need Beathard to save their season. Their starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, tore his left ACL during the 49ers’ 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and is out for the year.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan believes Beathard is up to the challenge and has improved since last season. But Beathard didn’t show improvement during the preseason. He threw zero touchdown passes, one interception and his quarterback rating was 74.8. Subpar.
“I don’t like to sit and make excuses for guys,” Shanahan said Wednesday, “but I was happy with C.J. in the preseason. His stats weren’t very good. Of course, he’s got to take some responsibility for that, but I was never bothered.
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