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49ers almost violated league rules unknowingly by working Garoppolo extra hours

One pitfall of being a new coach and a new general manager is that you might not know all the league rules. The 49ers almost violated one of them by working new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo too long during the bye week.

General manager John Lynch told Tolbert and Lund Thursday he basically had to chase Garoppolo out of the facility after the team discovered the collective bargaining agreement dictates that players must take Thursday through Sunday off during a bye week.

“Jimmy really didn’t have a bye week,” Lynch admitted. “I didn’t even know this – I have to get to know these league rules – but by the CBA now, you have to have from Thursday on off. Jimmy is no longer there (at the team’s facility).”

Lynch said Garopplo spent the first four days of this week working with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and partially Kyle Shanahan in learning the offense.

Lynch also didn’t provide any insight on when his new quarterback would get some game snaps.

“They ask a lot of the quarterbacks (in the Shanahan system),” Lynch said. “They do a lot at the line of scrimmage. There’s a lot of learning.”

Lynch also admitted that rookie C.J. Beathard’s breakout game in the Giants win allows the team to possibly take more time with Garoppolo.

“C.J. played so well the other day,” Lynch said. “C.J. is really hot right now. That provides us the opportunity to work with Jimmy and get him up to speed. When we feel comfortable, I am sure Kyle will make that move. I anticipate that at some point this season, we will see Jimmy Garoppolo, I just don’t know when that is.”


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