J.T. O’Sullivan will be the starting quarterback September 7 when the 49ers face-off against division rival Arizona Cardinals at Walsh Field. While it was not surprising given O’Sullivan’s play the last two preseason games, the real question is how long he will remain the starting quarterback. The 49ers first eight games of the season is an uphill battle that even a super bowl champion team would have a difficult task of coming out of with a wining record. If O’Sullivan can lead the 49ers to .500 after going through Arizona, Seattle, Detroit, New Orleans, New England, Philadelphia, NY Giants, and Seattle again, then he is the starting quarterback not for now but of the future. If the 49ers go into their bye week in the eighth week of the season with one or two wins, which will most likely be the case given their first half schedule, a rallying cry for Alex Smith to be the starter will be heard from the 49er Faithful. I hope to be proven wrong, but I do not think O’Sullivan will last long as the 49er starter which means Smith will be the starter at some point in the season. I wanted the starter who gave the 49ers the best chance of winning. I guess for now that is O’Sullivan.
The 49ers cut down to 75 players by waiving safety Lewis Bake, defensive tackle Joe Cohen, and tight end Cooper Wallace.