First-year coach Kyle Shanahan knows he needs to get better quarterback play for the 49ers to end their four-game losing skid that has opened his tenure.
But that doesn’t mean he’s going to bench starter Brian Hoyer.
Hoyer had a rough outing Sunday in Arizona in the team’s 18-15 overtime loss to the Cardinals, completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes while extending his streak with an interception to four games. It was the third time in four weeks San Francisco failed to score a touchdown.
Shanahan was asked Monday if the losing effort will lead to giving rookie C.J. Beathard a shot in Hoyer’s place.
“I don’t look it just as it’s Brian versus C.J. right now. I look at it as, ‘What’s best for our team right now?’ And if I did feel that was the best thing for our team at this time, I wouldn’t hesitate at all,” Shanahan said.
Hoyer had a firm grip on the starting job ever since he signed his two-year contract with San Francisco in March.
He operated the offense confidently during training camp, leaving little doubt he was Shanahan’s top option entering the season.
But Hoyer’s play through the first four games has been among the key reasons the 49ers are winless.