San Francisco completely overhauled the quarterback position this offseason, although John Lynch didn’t panic and try to find a franchise-type QB in free agency or in the NFL Draft.
While rookie draftee C.J. Beathard might be a developmental piece to watch, free-agent pickup Brian Hoyer will get the start this season. Hoyer, an eight-year NFL veteran, starts his first year with the Niners owning a career-84.8 passer rating. But he did post a 91.4 and 98.0 rating in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
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A long-term answer for the 49ers, Hoyer is not. Yet he’s at least a respectable option for the time being.
And he knows Kyle Shanahan’s offense from their time together with the Cleveland Browns in 2014.
“Like I said when I first got here, one of the big reasons I came was to be with Kyle [Shanahan],” Hoyer said earlier this week. “You know, having been around him, now as a head coach for a full offseason going into training camp I think everybody’s really excited. I know for me personally, this is probably the most excited I’ve ever been going into a training camp.”
Hoyer isn’t going to put the Niners offense on his shoulders or win San Francisco a lot of games, necessarily.
That isn’t the point, though. Hoyer’s job is to hold the line for this season and perform as well as possible during the initial stages of the team’s elongated rebuild.
And that’s just fine.