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Steve Young threw 6 TD passes in Super Bowl XXIX.
Hall of Famer to replace: Steve Young
With Young: (1991-1999) 97-34 regular season record, seven playoff appearances (8-6 postseason record), five division titles, one NFC Championship, one Super Bowl win.
Since: 83-114 regular season record, two playoff appearances—none since 2002 (1-2 post-season record), one division title, no NFC Championships or Super Bowls.
Though there have been a few other starting quarterbacks for San Francisco since 1999, Jeff Garcia and Alex Smith have spent the most time trying to replace Steve Young.
Garcia was a former Canadian League player who had a short run of success in San Francisco. He was released following the 2003 season.
After a 2-14 season in 2004, the 49ers held the top pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. They chose QB Alex Smith, a highly acclaimed Urban Meyer product from the University of Utah.
He has endured injury and several coaching changes. However, with new coach Jim Harbaugh, the team is 7-1 in 2011.
He may never live up to the potential of a No. 1 draft choice, but in the 49ers system, that might not matter. San Francisco is not a "pass first" team, currently ranking 30th in passing.
Smith, though, has been effecient. He is sixth in rating at 97.3, with 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
That might not make people forget Montana and Young, but it should be good enough keep Smith around for a while longer.