Without Garoppolo, 49ers try out 7 QBs to patch up position
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On Monday, when asked how many off-the-street quarterbacks the 49ers would be hosting for a tryout, Kyle Shanahan responded with gallows humor.
“As many as we can get,” Shanahan said. “No, I’m just joking.”
Shanahan’s half-serious thinking: If the 49ers invite enough unemployed QBs, perhaps one serviceable signal-caller would be found in the scrapheap.
On Tuesday, the 49ers hosted seven QBs in Santa Clara as they moved to address a position that took a devastating hit when Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a torn ACL in Sunday’s 38-27 loss in Kansas City.
The tryout group included Kellen Clemens, 35, T.J. Yates, 31, and Tom Savage, 28. In addition, E.J. Manuel, 28, Landry Jones, 29, and Matt Simms, 29, and undrafted rookie Kyle Allen, 22, were also reportedly in Santa Clara to compete for the roster spot.
The 49ers also invited Matt Moore, 34, but he declined the offer, his agent, Lynn Lashbrook, said. Moore, who would have been the most experienced and accomplished of the tryout QBs, has been evaluating whether to return to the NFL after starting five games for the Dolphins the past two seasons.
Moore, 15-15 as a starter, has an 81.2 passer rating, 45 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in an 11-year career spent with the Panthers and Dolphins. Clemens, Yates, Savage, Manuel, Landry and Simms have a combined record of 23-40 and have thrown 60 touchdowns and 63 interceptions. They have a combined passer rating of 72.9.
It’s clearly a group that has some warts, but the 49ers won’t be relying one of the tryout QBs to save their season.
Instead, they will be pinning their hopes on C.J. Beathard, who started five games last year as a rookie after he was selected in the third round. Beathard went 1-4 with a 69.2 passer rating, but did have a notable high-water mark late in his baptism by fire.
In his penultimate start, he guided the 49ers, then 0-9, to their first win by completing 19 of 25 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 31-21 victory the Giants. Beathard’s passer rating (123.4) was the highest by a 49ers QB in their last 45 games.
“C.J. is a gamer, a guy who loves to play,” Shanahan said. “I know even though he doesn’t like how it happened, I know he is as excited about his opportunity.”
Given the punishment Beathard endured last year, it’s fair to wonder if his opportunity with a 1-2 team will include 13 starts.
In 2017, Beathard stoically took 17 sacks and absorbed 52 hits in his five starts before he was forced to the sideline with knee and hip injuries late in a loss to the Seahawks. Beathard was hailed for his toughness, but he took a pounding partly because he held on the ball too long in the pocket.
Shanahan was asked if Beathard’s decision-making process had accelerated in his second season.
“We’ll see as these weeks go,” Shanahan said. “But I think that experience — everything he went through last year when it was good and bad — he learned from it. The stuff he did bad at, I think he’ll do better at this year.”
The absence of Garoppolo explains why the 49ers have been installed as a 10 ½-point underdogs for their visit to the Chargers (1-2) on Sunday in Los Angeles.
The plan for this week is to promote practice-squad QB Nick Mullens to the 53-man roster, which means the 49ers could carry three quarterbacks if, at some point, they sign one of their tryout players.
Given Mullens’ inexperience — he’s never taken a regular-season snap — it’s possible the 49ers would turn to a tryout QB if Beathard is sidelined this season.
In that case, they would be turning to Plan C at QB, and would have to hope they found someone serviceable in the scrap heap.
Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @Eric_Branch
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The 75 worst movies of all time, according to critics
What critics said: “Glacially paced, self-consciously acted and narratively risible.”– Variety 58. “Fair Game” (1995) Critic score: 13/100 User score: N/A What critics said: “A thriller primarily about the movement of Cindy Crawford’s breasts beneath a succession of ever-smaller T-shirts.”– Entertainment Weekly 57. “Freddy Got Fingered” (2001) Foto: source20th Century Fox Critic score: 13/100 User score: 5.6/10 What critics said: “The movie is simply not professional. It’s not, even by the lowest standards of Republic B-westerns in the ’30s or bad, cheap horror films in the ’50s, releasable.”– The Washington Post 56. “A Beautiful Life” (2009) Foto: sourceNew Films International Critic score: 13/100 User score: 1.7/10 What critics said: “This laughably clichéd dive into sexual masochism and hardscrabble survival replaces story with outline and characters with place holders.”– The New York Times 55. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (2015) Foto: sourceSony Pictures Critic score: 13/100 User score: 2.4/10 What critics said: “While the original was no classic, it had a few mild laughs and the plus-sized actor displayed a certain buffoonish charm. Such is not the case with this painfully unfunny, slapdash follow-up in which the title character is so relentlessly obnoxious that you’ll be cheering for the villains.”– The Hollywood Reporter 54. “Down to You” (2000) Foto: sourceMiramax Critic score: 13/100 User score: 6.4/10 What critics said: “The confusion it mistakes for true soul-searching is about as realistic a look at the politics of youthful attraction as one of those ‘Did somebody say McDonald’s?’ commercials is a look at mainstream American family values. Did somebody say McCheese?”– Austin Chronicle 53. “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood” (1988) Foto: sourceParamount Critic score: 13/100 User score: N/A What critics said: “Only a mote of humor graces the film, and that is Jason’s cunning ability to come up with ever more dreadful weapons for each successive crime, graduating from stake to machete to circular saw. Dare we hope, in Part VIII, for a neutron bomb to obliterate the series altogether?”– Chicago Tribune 52. “New Best Friend” (2002) Foto: sourceSony Pictures Entertainment Critic score: 13/100 User score: 4.8/10 What critics said: “A lurid, unsavory mix of ‘Reefer Madness’ hysteria, drive-in sleaze, and the queasy morality of ’80s slasher film.”– The AV Club 51. “Cannonball Run II” (1984) Foto: sourceWarner Bros. Critic score: 13/100 User score: N/A What critics said: “Burt Reynolds and a host of notable performers seem to be having a hell of a good time wandering through this meandering, episodic farce, but rarely is their good mood shared by the viewer.”– TV Guide 50. “The Avengers” (1998) Critic score: 12/100 User score: 2.5/10 What critics said: “It’s a film to gall fans of the old television series and perplex anyone else.”– The New York Times 49. “Nothing Left to Fear” (2013) Foto: sourceAnchor Bay Critic score: 12/100 User score: 3.5/10 What critics said: “It’s stale B-movie rubbish of a barely watchable sort, albeit slightly more depressing than many of its genre compatriots.”– The Dissolve 48. “Strange Wilderness” (2008) Critic score: 12/100 User score: 5.1/10 What critics said: “Aside from the waste of a talented cast, the only thing that really caught my attention was the tomblike silence of the audience–at least until the bong jokes started.”– Chicago Reader 47. “Cocktail” (1988) Critic score: 124/100 User score: 3.0/10 What critics said: “There isn’t a scene in ‘Cocktail’ that isn’t cheap and dumb, and whether its camp entertainment value compensates for its contempt for women is a question. ‘Cocktail’ makes beer commercials look deep, makes ‘Top Gun’ look like ‘Hamlet.’”– Boston Globe 46. “Left Behind” (2014) Critic score: 12/100 User score: 2.6/10 What critics said: “This failed epic – really, an epic failure – would barely be noticed, were it not for former Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage taking on a ‘Sharknado’-quality remake of a Kirk Cameron movie.”– New York Daily News 45. “The Emoji Movie” (2017) Foto: sourceSony Critic score: 12/100 User score: 2.0/10 What critics said: “A work so completely devoid of wit, style, intelligence or basic entertainment value that it makes that movie based on the Angry Birds app seem like a pure artistic statement by comparison.”– RogerEbert.com 44. “Slackers” (2002) Critic score: 12/100 User score: 4.5/10 What critics said: “‘Slackers’ is supposed to be a gross-out comedy, but the tastelessness of its jokes is nothing compared to its sheer cluelessness.”– Salon 43. “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” (2002) Foto: sourceWarner Bros. 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Double check.”– Entertainment Weekly 40. “Persecuted” (2014) Critic score: 11/100 User score: 3.4/10 What critics said: “This terrible attempt at a political thriller for the religious right is aimed not at Christians in general but at a certain breed of them, the kind who feel as if the rest of the world were engaged in a giant conspiracy against their interpretation of good and truth.”– The New York Times 39. “3 Strikes” (2000) Critic score: 11/100 User score: 4.0/10 What critics said: “Feels like a very long late-night comedy sketch that occasionally veers beyond tastelessness toward something worse.”– The New York Times 38. “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” (1997) Foto: sourceNew Line Cinema Critic score: 11/100 User score: 8.0/10 What critics said: “It’s cynical and it’s depressing, and I would lock a child in a room before I’d show him ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.’”– L.A. Weekly 37. “Date Movie” (2006) Critic score: 11/100 User score: 2.9/10 What critics said: “‘Comedy is hard,’ said Steve Martin. For the writers of ‘Date Movie,’ it’s apparently impossible.”– New York Daily News 36. “Pinocchio” (2002) Critic score: 11/100 User score: 2.9/10 What critics said: “It’s an oddity that will be avoided by millions of people, this new Pinocchio. Osama bin Laden could attend a showing in Times Square and be confident of remaining hidden.”– The New York Times 35. “Nine Lives” (2016) Critic score: 11/100 User score: 2.8/10 What critics said: “At 87 torturous, laugh-free minutes, the film could change the most avid cat fancier into a kitty hater.”– Rolling Stone 34. “Scary Movie 5” (2013) Foto: sourceThe Weinstein Company
Christine Blasey Ford Shows the Power of Letting Survivors of Sexual Violence Tell Their Own Stories
Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony Made It Easier Than Ever to Picture Him As an Aggressive, Entitled Teen Christine Blasey Ford released the text of her opening statement on Wednesday, the day before her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In it, she describes the night she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her with the assistance of his close friend Mark Judge. She also tells of the lasting trauma she’s suffered in the decades since. The account is straightforward, detailed, and devastating to read. Watching Ford deliver the statement in front of the committee on Thursday morning was a different experience altogether. From the moment she began her testimony with a good-humored quip about needing caffeine, Ford was a picture of earnest resolve in the face of intimidation and fear. Her voice quivering but calm, she fought back tears as she delivered the allegations that have stalled Kavanaugh’s nomination. “I believed [Kavanaugh] was going to rape me,” Ford said of the assault. “I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.” Ford recalled that after she escaped the bedroom where her alleged assault occurred and locked herself in a bathroom, she heard Judge and Kavanaugh “leave the bedroom laughing and loudly walk down the narrow stairs.” When they didn’t come back up, she said, she ran down the stairs and out of the house. That detail is chilling: In Ford’s telling, Kavanaugh and Judge didn’t even behave as if they thought what they did was wrong, or that it mattered, or that she might tell on them, or that they might incur consequences for their deeds. The lingering anguish Ford fought through to read her statement was instantly recognizable to anyone who’s been forced to relive and recount an experience of unspeakable terror, as so many women have done on the internet and among friends in the year since #MeToo began. The power of her statement and presence is a testament to the value of letting survivors of sexual violence tell their own stories. Over the past two weeks, Kavanaugh supporters have both implied and stated flat-out that they believe Ford is lying or misremembering the assault she says she survived in the summer of 1982. After witnessing Ford’s sincerity and deep-seated pain, it will be a lot harder for them to plausibly claim that she’s untrustworthy, rather than simply arguing, as many have already done , that what Kavanaugh allegedly did is no big deal. The character of Judge loomed large in Ford’s testimony, casting further shame on the GOP majority’s refusal to subpoena the man whose name appears alongside Kavanaugh’s in multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, including Julie Swetnick’s claim that Kavanaugh and Judge were present during gang rapes . Ford’s statement makes Judge out to be nearly as culpable as Judge in her victimization. “Both Brett and Mark were drunkenly laughing during the attack,” Ford said. “They seemed to be having a very good time. Mark seemed ambivalent, at times urging Brett on, and at times telling him to stop. A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not.” Later in the hearing, Ford said the two boys’ “uproarious laughter … at my expense” was the most “indelible” memory she had of her assault. Ford’s decision to call Kavanaugh “Brett” instead of “Judge Kavanaugh” made them all sound like the people they were in the summer of 1982—high schoolers embedded in the toxic bro party culture of D.C.’s wealthy suburbs—instead of the people they are now, a professor who says the residual trauma from her assault prompted her to install a second front door on her home and a man a couple of key votes away from a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The statement was a time capsule dug up from her past and painstakingly examined for the purposes of performing credibility for people who’ve already decided they’d rather side with Kavanaugh. After coming forward with her allegation, Ford said in her statement, “my greatest fears have been realized, and the reality has been far worse than what I expected. … Apart from the assault itself, these last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life.” Listen to what she’s saying here: The public scrutiny and character smears her bravery has provoked have been nearly as difficult to endure as the actual sexual assault. And that’s all before she had to recite the most intimate details of a memory saturated with terror in front of a roomful of strangers who have treated her with open hostility , groused about her in public documents, and implied that her testimony has no bearing on Kavanaugh’s worthiness as a potential Supreme Court justice. Ford said in her statement that she felt it was her “civic duty” to report her assault at the hands of Kavanaugh, which she did, to her congressional representative, while he was still on Trump’s shortlist of possible nominees. It wasn’t just courage or a desire for justice that powered Ford’s shattering statement on Thursday. It was patriotism. One more thing
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