Come August, will the starting Quarterback position belong to Alex Smith, who has led several training camps for players at San Jose State this summer, or to the rookie QB that the bay area is hoping to find success?
Typically you hear about rookies not making a big impact in the league. Less than a dozen new players won’t even see significant field time, let along be starting and leading their team. Especially if they weren’t picked up in the first round.
Second round draft pick Colin Kaepernick has that chance. According to 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, “the best quarterback will play”. Here’s a list of Quarterbacks in the 2010 playoffs, and when they started playing in the NFL:
New Orleans Saints | Drew Brees | Rookie Starter
Philadelphia Eagles | Michael Vick | Rookie Starter
New York Jets | Mark Sanchez | Rookie Starter
Indianapolis Colts | Peyton Manning | Rookie Starter
Baltimore Ravens | Joe Flacco | Rookie Starter
Pittsburgh Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger | Rookie Starter
Atlanta Falcons | Matt Ryan | Rookie Starter
Chicago Bears | Jay Cutler | Rookie Starter
Seattle Seahawks | Matt Hasselback | Sat behind Brett Favre
Green Bay Packers | Aaron Rodgers | Sat behind Brett Favre
New England Patriots | Tom Brady | Sat behind Drew Bledsoe
Kansas City Chiefs | Matt Cassel | Sat behind Tom Brady
Eight out of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last year, got there with a quarterback who started as a rookie. The other four sat behind Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, one of which was a rookie starter himself (Drew Bledsoe).
How many games will Alex start, if he is chosen, before he is replaced again? Will the 49ers bring over Josh Johnson? Will Colin get over his injury from college? Stay tuned!