It’s something no fan or team likes to ponder- the thought of losing your starting quarterback for an extended period of time, but it’s something that’s magnified by 10 when that time comes.
For the San Francisco 49ers, their quarterback situation is rather simple, Colin Kaepernick is the man. He is the face of the franchise- the game changer, and at some point, he will be the third 49ers quarterback to hold a Super Bowl trophy in franchise history.
Behind Kaepernick, is a totally different story.
In the late 1980’s, Steve Young backed up Joe Montana and in the early 1990s, Elvis Grbac backed up Steve Young. The Super Bowl 49ers from two years ago were backed up by Alex Smith, who until his concussion, was the starting QB.
For the 49ers and Kaepernick, their current backup is McLeod Bethel-Johnson, who was signed to a reserve/future contract back in January. Bethel-Johnson spent part of the 2013 season with the Minnesota Vikings before being moved to the 49ers practice squad in November.
This past season, the 49ers carried only two active QBs on the roster, Kaepernick and Colt McCoy, who will be a free agent in March. McCoy was on the brink of being released during the preseason before a solid final outing landed him the backup role, but with the 49ers appearing set to sign Kaepernick to a long term deal, the time might be now to land a solid backup QB.
The 2014 offseason offers some talent at quarterback, and for the right price, the 49ers could land a player who might appear to be more reliable that Colt was during the preseason.
One player that comes to mind is Rex Grossman. Yes I know what you’re thinking- Rex Grossman reliable? Really? Really? The simple answer is yes!
Alex Smith was considered a complete bust prior to Jim Harbaugh entering the picture, and since 2011, Alex Smith has completely validated his No. 1 overall pick status, taking two teams into the postseason, including turning around a 2-14 Chiefs team to the playoffs in his first season with Kansas City.
Grossman has always had the talent, but he’s never had the specialized NFL coaching that a guy like Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick has had.
Yes, Rex Grossman played with Mike Shanahan at Washington, but Shanahan isn’t a QB guy, he’s an offensive coordinator. It was his offense that helped Steve Young and John Elway win Super Bowls, the QB coach however, was Gary Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach. Grossman’s QB coach during his Super Bowl season back in 2006 was Wade Wilson, who had been Tony Romo’s QB coach since 2007.
Harbaugh has the magic touch when it comes to quarterbacks (Andrew Luck, Alex Smith & Colin Kaepernick), and the opportunity to sign away a former Super Bowl QB who sat as a third stringer with Washington might be too good to pass up on. If the price is right, Rex Grossman could be a solid signing for the 49ers.