Kyle Shanahan benches Brian Hoyer for rookie C.J. Beathard

Week 6 of the NFL has come and gone for the San Francisco 49ers and it ended in another defeat for the win-loss column as well as a loss for QB Brian Hoyer.

49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan made the decision to pull starting quarterback Brian Hoyer from the game with 6:39 left in the second quarter.

It took five and a half games for Shanahan to pull the plug on Hoyer and replace him with rookie C.J. Beathard.

Hoyer threw for just 34 yards on 4-of-11 passing before Beathard took over.

San Francisco lost 27-24 to the Washington Redskins dropping them to 0-6 on the season. But in Beathard’s first NFL action he went 19-of-36 for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

In one outing the rookie showed enough promise to be named the 49ers’ starting QB moving forward.

San Francisco traded up to the third round in May to draft Beathard instead of going after Mitch Trubisky or Deshaun Watson in the draft, so they must have seen potential in the young man.

Although Hoyer certainly didn’t do enough to keep his job, Shanahan may have been planning to start Beathard all along and was just giving him time to watch from the sideline.

Beathard will get his first start in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys and try to lead the 49ers to their first win of the season.



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