Hyde concerned with getting win, not new contract
SANTA CLARA » Defending his quarterback in a fight got Carlos Hyde fined by the NFL. But it also ingratiated him further with the 49ers brass, and that could pay off with a contract extension before free agency.
For now, Hyde doesn’t want to discuss a new deal. “I spoke tomy agent about it, but I told himIdon’t want to talkabout contract extensions or anything like that right now,” Hyde said Thursday.
“I want to focus on getting our first win, finishing the season off. I told him if we get to that point, then we can talk about it.”
Hyde figures to be one of the league’s most coveted running backs if he hits free agency in March.
When the 49ers (0-9) host the New York Giants (1-7) on Sunday, Hyde will look for only his second 100-yard rushing game this season. He’ll also look to pad receiv- ing totals that already are at a career high. And he’ll look out again for his quarterback, whether that’s C. J. Beathard in a fourth straight start or Jimmy Garoppolo in a surprise debut.
Beathard endured five sacks and 16 hits last game against Arizona, not including a hard tackle on a fourth- quarter scramble that ignited the fracasHyde rushed to join.
“I don’t want my quarterback to take those hits,” Hyde said. “You can come try to hit me. Don’t try to hit the quarterback. Leave the quarterback alone.
“The quarterback should be clean. He shouldn’t have any bruises or anything. He should be good to go after the game.”
Hyde confirmed he will appeal his fine, which the NFL Network reported as a $ 9,115 penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct rather than the $ 30,387 charge for fighting.
After Hyde got ejected, general manager John Lynch was seen commending Hyde, who said: “He was just more hyped about me sticking up formy quarterback, sticking up for my teammates. Pretty much tired of the late hits on the quarterback, referees not doing anything about it. I’m definitely tired of seeing it.”
Hyde’s nine receptions in that 20-10 loss boosted his season total to 40, the most of his four-year career. That ranks him third among running backs, behind Carolina Panthers’ and ex- Stanford star Christian McCaffrey (54 receptions) and the New England Patriots’ James White (43).
With 494 rushing yards, Hyde is not on pace for his first 1,000-yard season, but his 762 all-purpose yards rank seventh in the league.
“I love playing receiver,” Hyde said. “I feel I finally got the opportunity now to showcase my catching ability.”
• Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said he simply wants linebacker Reuben Foster to play free, so he switched the rookie back to weak-side linebacker last game while Brock Coyle manned the communication helmet at middle linebacker, or “Mike.”
“I still believe with the organization he’s going to be our future ‘Mike,’ ” Saleh said. “He has no issue communicating or making calls. It’s just how we can take a load off him. He’s a rookie. He’s been hurt. He’s got a lot of stuff going on in his world. Just let go line up and play football.”
Said Foster: “I’m not going to let it hold me back, because I want that green dot (defensive signal- caller). It tells you that you’re the leader and cap- tain of the defense.”
Foster had 14 tackles and, even though an ankle injury flared up, he finished the game for his first time as a pro, which made film review different. Said Foster: “It ain’t like you’re watching film and then, ‘Dang, I’m out now.’ ”
• The Giants have allowed a touchdown reception to a tight end in every game this season. “That’s good to hear. That’s really good to hear,” 49ers tight end Garrett Celek said.
• Left tackle Joe Staley (eye) and defensive linemen Solomon Thomas ( knee) and Aaron Lynch (calf) again were among those practicing in limited fashion. Tight end George Kittle ( knee) and wide receiver Trent Taylor (rib) did not practice.
• Kicker Robbie Gould has made a field goal in each game this season, and he leads the NFL with a streak of 12 consecutive gameswith a field goal from 40 yards or longer.
TheNFLfinedCarlosHyde, left, for a fightdefendinghisQB, but the RB may have won teampoints toward a new contract.