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Kyle Shanahan talks Brian Hoyer, trust and his supporting cast

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Shanahan spoke at length about his starting quarterback and what he thinks he can do this season.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan went on KNBR on Friday, and he spent time talking about a variety of subjects. He was asked about reuniting with Brian Hoyer and he spoke at length about the idea. Most importantly, he’s taking a very measured approach with his expectations for Hoyer.

Most importantly, Shanahan said that Hoyer has to put himself in a position to succeed, and says that he’s doing that.

“The thing I always say about quarterback is, 'A lot of it is up to them.' They've gotta put themselves in position to work as hard as Brian has and know everything and know where to get that ball going,” Shanahan said. “They have to be tough, hang in there in the pocket, but also, the ten guys around them gotta play well. And when the ten guys around them play well, if you've got the right guy, I believe they will be successful.”

Shanahan is obviously a big believer in the guys around Hoyer, and enough of a believer in Hoyer to feel confident in him going forward. The more I hear Shanahan talk about Hoyer, the more convinced I become that Hoyer is going to be the starter regardless of what happens this season. Shanahan seems too measured a coach to yank Hoyer at the first sign of struggle, and I doubt we see C.J. Beathard, even in the face of a losing streak.

“He’s always been a talented guy, and he’s always done a good job,” Shanahan said. “He's had some highs and lows in this league, just like I have. I believe he's battle-tested. Since getting back with him, since I haven't seen him in a couple of years, I think he's been through a lot. He seems more confident to me. He seems more ready and it doesn't matter. I think he can survive anything.”

To me this says that Hoyer has a long leash, at the very least. I don’t see that leash getting yanked any time soon.

“The highs and lows aren't there as much,” Shanahan said. “He's had some success. He gets where he's at. I think he believes in himself.”