The shadows left behind of San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young have been monumental.
Jeff Garcia was a prime example of that. Even though he had his stellar moments, the shoes left behind of both were just too big to fill.
There's a chance they may never be filled, and quite frankly, they shouldn't.
49ers fans back in the 80's and 90's, were very spoiled, having so many dynamic teams to watch year in and year out. Sure, there was some disappointment along the way, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes—ask Charlie Sheen.
In any case, something most fans have to do, particularly the older ones, is let it go.
There's never going to be another Montana, and there will never be another Young.
Today's game has changed and evolved so much that it's likely we'll never see the fantastic things we all have etched in our memories ever again.
But there's still hope.
There's hope that San Francisco may find a once-in-a-decade type of quarterback. There's hope that they may find someone to hold down the fort and take the 49ers to the promised land. It's going to take a player with passion, it's going to take a guy who plays the game with fire and most of all, it's going to take someone who has a super-human work ethic.
In looking for that next guy, there are options.
Some folks may call that player a stop-gap. The term "stop-gap" typically refers to a quarterback who will manage games for a year or two.
Even some game managers have the ability though to take their teams to the Super Bowl. The 2000 Ravens piggy-backed their way to the big dance on the shoulders of game-managing Trent Dilfer. And the Carolina Panthers nearly pulled off a Super Bowl victory in 2004 with quarterback Jake Delhomme; yes, Jake Delhomme (that pesky Adam Vinateri ruined everything).
This all alludes to the fact that professional football is the ultimate team sport. However, without the presence of a field general (also known as a quarterback), the chances of etching more glory day memories will be consistently slim.
There could be some good options in the selection process for the 2011 San Francisco 49ers' field-general. Let's take a look at some of the candidates.