The San Francisco 49ers have generally been a pretty hopeless team this season. They're 0-8, tied with the Browns for the worst record in the NFL, and they have the league's second-worst point differential. It's not like their winless record is a giant fluke.

They've gotten some truly dreadful quarterback play this year from Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard, with the duo combining to complete just 56 percent of its passes and throwing more interceptions than touchdowns. Neither looked anything like the quarterback of the future, and so at the trade deadline, the Niners swung a trade for former Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

Now coach Kyle Shanahan says there's a different kind of energy in the building.

"When players see that on Monday and they come in on Wednesday, you can feel a little different buzz," Shanahan said, per NBC Bay Area. "I think we had a great week of practice. I think C.J. had his best week of practice. On Wednesday, we only had two balls hit the ground. We haven't done that all year. So I think it did give us a little bit of juice and some energy. Jimmy has fit in really well in that quarterback room. He's fit in real well with the guys, and I think the guys see the talent out there, also. I don't think anyone's trying to rush it or knows when it's going to happen, but people can see we have a few good quarterbacks in our building."

While excitement abounds, Shanahan also noted that it'll take a little bit for Garoppolo to get up to speed and he won't start right away.