2011 San Francisco 49ers: Ranking the Top 10 Near-Term QB Options, Pt. 2

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2011 San Francisco 49ers: Ranking the Top 10 Near-Term QB Options, Pt. 2
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When we left off, we had explored five viable, but largely unexciting options to lead the San Francisco 49ers offense at quarterback under Jim Harbaugh.

Alex Smith, Kerry Collins, Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Leinart, and Vince Young could all have legitimate upsides. Any one of them could prove a serviceable QB option for the 49ers for at least a couple seasons as they look for a better solution. Then again, each one comes with significant risks and none of them has truly shown the consistent ability to produce at the NFL level.

In short, there is a reason that few if any teams are beating down the doors of these men to try to obtain their services at QB. The first half of this list undoubtedly left readers somewhat unexcited. While the remaining options are certainly more palatable, it is important to note that none of them is a slam dunk. Whether the issue be cost, skills, age, or a combination of these factors, there is no universally obvious fix for the 49ers at QB, only a series of options to weigh.

And now, the exciting conclusion . . .  

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