Why did the 49ers bench Jimmy Garoppolo? Kyle Shanahan offers a brief explanation

The Jimmy GQ Era in San Francisco appears to be on shaky ground.

Jimmy Garoppolo was benched in the second half of the 49ers’ Week 5 matchup vs. the Dolphins, and with reason: Garoppolo, returning from an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2, threw two interceptions in the first half against Miami, leading to the return of CJ Beathard under center.

When asked by Fox why the switch was made, head coach Kyle Shanahan offered a short, quick and slightly ambiguous explanation as to why:

Whether the decision was made to “protect Jimmy” from further injury or to save him from himself, mentally, is open to interpretation. Likely the former.

Along with his two INTs, Garoppolo was 7-for-17 passing for 77 yards in Miami’s first-half drubbing of San Francisco. If you’re wondering what happened to super backup Nick Mullens: an uninspiring performance vs. the Eagles in Week 4 led to his demotion on the depth chart, clearing the way for Beathard’s return.

Looks like there’s a QB controversy at all levels in San Fran.

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