2019 49ers Quarterback Depth Chart: Better, Worse or Same?
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The 49ers quarterback room has the same players as last season, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens, and C.J. Beathard. So, by all accounts worst case scenario at the start of the season is it’s the complete same. So where do we go from here?
Can Be Better
The quarterback room can be better than it was in 2018 if Garoppolo stays healthy and proves to be the quarterback that most people believe he can be. Remember: Bill Belichick did not want to trade Garoppolo but was pushed into it by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. If Belichick saw something in Garoppolo, then I personally put my faith in him. But I do agree he needs to prove it for an entire season and above all else, stay healthy.
The quarterback room can also be better if the team decides to make Mullens the backup over Beathard. I think most fans would agree we have seen all we need to see from Beathard and he’s not the answer for the Red and Gold. Sure, he’s a tough SOB and can do somethings okay enough, but he was under center when the 49ers were swept by the last place Cardinals last season (*sigh*). Mullens showed a lot more and yes, his lack of experience really showed last season, but a win over the Seahawks was enough to earn the backup role in my opinion. Who knows what this kid could become with some more opportunities.
Can Be Worse
By the end of the 2019 season the quarterback room for the 49ers could be a lot worse than it is at the beginning of the season if everyone realizes no one in that room is the answer. For the record as of the time of this writing I am NOT saying this is the case, but a few months from now if Garoppolo is injured again or leads the 49ers to a 3-13 season like some guy who shall not be named thinks and the 49ers have to start all over with the position than things will be a lot worse.
This, of course, is the worst-case scenario, and let us hope it doesn’t come to this. I would honestly be happy with an 8-8 season with things trending in the right direction and Garoppolo as the future, than having to start all over at the quarterback position, because I wholeheartedly believe it would not end there. This is an important season for not only the 49ers’ players, but the front office and coaching staff as well.
But should the worst happen the 49ers could potentially move on from Garoppolo next season with only $4.2 million in dead-cap money. Let’s hope they do not have to exercise that right and Belichick was proven right and there really is something special to Garoppolo.
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