With the start of the 2021 league year, the 49 quarterbacks are facing fewer and fewer disputes and more problems. The instability below the modern NFL center is a potential death knell for the front desk and coaches, which makes winning the Super Bowl nearly impossible. Since head coach Kyle Shanahan took over in 2017, instability has defined the position of quarterback for the 49ers, and if they want to regularly participate in the Super Bowl, the team must figure it out as quickly as possible. In order to better find this stability, they should refer to the Philadelphia Eagles team building book.
At first glance, given that the franchise has gone through a mess since winning the Super Bowl in 201
Quarterback Carson Wentz played MVP football in 2017 in his second season in the NFL. He tore his ACL in the second half of that year and was not the same player in 2018 or 2019. Although Wentz’s salary is good, the Hawks don’t need to pull their wagon to the top second pick. Instead, they realized that his performance had deteriorated and selected quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft.
Regardless of how they feel about Garoppolo, this is the route San Francisco needs to take in this year’s draft. At best, he is a starter who can get the team into the Super Bowl. The worst part is that he is not available. Compared with Nick Mullens or CJ Beathard, the latter case requires more reliable backup options.
The injury started four games for the Hawks at the end of this year, and showed enough hope that Philadelphia is willing to pay a hardtop of $33.8 million for a pair of draft picks in the offseason to exchange Wentz for the pick. We are likely to see Philadelphia choose another high-ranking player among quarterbacks this year to compete with Hutts and provide them with a starting player above center.
Considering the importance of the quarterback position, it is worth using Day 1 or Day 2 picks for signal callers every few years until elite talent emerges.
The old adage “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have a quarterback” can try to look up, but the term doesn’t apply here. If a team has two quarterbacks and can’t choose between the two because they are both bad, it works. It does not apply to teams with multiple high-quality players.
Considering the frequency of injuries in the NFL, having two quarterbacks that can help the team win is an important advantage. Gallopolo particularly missed 23 of the 49ers’ past 48 regular season games. Their reserve form this year basically meant that Garoppolo’s second high ankle sprain ended their season. If they have maintained a high-profile quarterback as his backup, this may not be the case.
In addition, if the talent of the second quarterback is sufficient to win NFL games, it may become their asset. Consider how the 49ers got Garoppolo. He was a second-round draft pick. His belt had two NFL headers and was traded to a second-round draft pick. If Philadelphia selects a quarterback in 2021, and he becomes the starter, then Hutts will become a valuable trading chip for the Hawks.
Since Shanahan took over as head coach four seasons ago, these 49 teams have experienced four different starting quarterbacks. They have the opportunity to reset their quarterback in the offseason, Mullens and Beathard will become free agents. They need to choose the 1st or 2nd day votes they believe. Then, if they decide to part ways with Garoppolo before the draft, they will need to vote again in 2022.
This is a process they should repeat until they have a player that they believe can help them regularly participate in the Super Bowl. Even then, it is worth having a player with a higher ceiling than Mullens.
There is no high cost of finding long-term answers on quarterbacks, and the Eagles last year showed why it is important to have contingency plans on the roster, even though they may already have franchise signalers. 49 employees are less certain of their QB and have less financial commitment to the position. This may be unconventional and perverse, but San Francisco should begin the process of adding high-quality players at the center until they find the long-term stability that they have lacked in the past few years.