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(1) 1. Colin Kaepernick
(2) 2. Colt McCoy
(3) 3. Scott Tolzien
The starting quarterback situation is no longer complicated in the Bay Area. The 49ers have Colin Kaepernick as the No. 1, and if they have it their way, it will be like that for the next 10 years.
In limited time, Kaepernick demonstrated natural physical ability that is revolutionary from the quarterback position.
While players like Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham paved the way for dual-threat quarterbacks like Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback has the arm talent that exceeds what the aforementioned players ever brought to the table.
And united with head coach and quarterback guru Jim Harbaugh, Kaepernick has the capacity and environment to become a special player in the league. The 49ers coach will continue to develop him, and by all expectations, No. 7 will be better in his first full season.
The addition of Colt McCoy was a calculated decision on the behalf of the front office, as the Niners brought him in via trade (h/t NFL.com). Acquired from Cleveland, the four-year pro will be the No. 2 behind Kaepernick in 2013.
After a successful career at the University of Texas, McCoy’s career with the Browns sort of fizzled before it began.
The Browns committed to Brandon Weeden—for the time being—and that made McCoy expendable. With only three seasons of playing experience and a 74.8 career passer rating, the former Longhorn is still relatively raw.
This transaction provides McCoy with a great opportunity to recharge his career and learn the nuances of playing pro quarterback.
Behind Kaepernick and McCoy is third-year man Scott Tolzien.
Formerly of the Wisconsin Badgers, the young 6’3” quarterback has maintained his spot with the 49ers since the team plucked him from the Chargers roster following a strong preseason outing.
Tolzien has edged out competition before, besting a player who many believed to be a favorite in former Harbaugh pupil, Josh Johnson. And unlike Johnson and Kaepernick, Tolzien is a more traditional dropback passer; he is going to do his best work from the pocket.
Now facing first-year quarterback B.J. Daniels (South Florida), Tolzien is once again going to have to prove his passing ability is more valuable than the all-encompassing skill set of a more athletic quarterback.
But the staff likes him, and if they keep Tolzien, they don’t have to start developing another backup quarterback from scratch.