49ers’ focus should be on their next quarterback – East Bay Times – California News

49ers’ focus should be on their next quarterback – East Bay Times – California News

The 49ers badly need a franchise-altering quarterback, and lucky for them, their timing just may be perfect because this upcoming offseason will be filled with enticing quarterback options.

49ers GM John Lynch has gotten off to a nice start in his first year. He’s given the franchise a public relations lift and re-made nearly 60 percent of roster from last year’s frustrating 2-14 campaign. If he were a student, he would be the guy who has done well on the first few quizzes and is working his way toward a good grade in the class.

If building an NFL champion was a class, the final exam would be to find the next great quarterback and it would count for 95% of the grade.

In today’s NFL, the quarterback means everything. If you have a good one, your team has a chance to be good, and if you have a great one, you have a chance to win Super Bowls.

Football is still a team game, and even an elite quarterback can’t succeed if surrounded by a substandard cast. But having that star quarterback is a prerequisite to winning Super Bowls. The NFL has 53-man rosters and 10-man practice squads and yet most team’s fortunes are almost always directly tied to the quality of their signal-caller.

The list of quarterbacks whose teams made the 2016 playoffs includes Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, Dak Prescott, Matthew Stafford, Alex Smith, and league MVP Matt Ryan. Compare that group to the list of quarterbacks who played for the league’s six worst teams (Jets, 49ers, Bears, Browns, Jaguars, and Rams). It’s a list that includes Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Matt…

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