Speaking to The Rich Eisen Show, Christian McCaffrey shed some interesting light on the 49ers' uncertainty this season at quarterback.
At some point, sometime, the San Francisco 49ers will have a long-term and concrete plan at quarterback. It might have been a few decades in the making and goes back to the Steve Young era, currently, but it'll happen.
For now, though, the only Niners certainty at quarterback heading into 2020 is the fact there's uncertainty.
Brock Purdy, the presumed starter entering year two of his pro career, is still recovering from offseason elbow surgery and could potentially miss the first couple of weeks of the regular season. Behind him, two former No. 3 overall NFL Draft picks are poised to battle it out for the QB2 role, Trey Lance and Sam Darnold.
Lance, for whom San Francisco gave up a hefty amount of assets to draft in that spot back in 2021, has just four regular-season starts since that point and spent all of two games last year recovering from a broken ankle.
Darnold, meanwhile, has flamed out with two teams already after being drafted in 2018 by the New York Jets and then subsequently traded to the Carolina Panthers.
Naturally, when talking about the 49ers offseason, the yet-to-be-determined future is probably going to be the hot topic.
Except someone forgot to tell that to All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.
Christian McCaffrey tells Rich Eisen that 49ers QB situation is fine, 'we're in good hands no matter what'
Joining The Rich Eisen Show late last week (h/t 49ers Webzone), McCaffrey was asked about his thoughts on how the Niners plan to address their quarterbacking conundrum.
McCaffrey's response was pretty brilliant:
"For me, no matter who the quarterback is, I have to get open. I'm not thinking about the quarterback. I'm thinking about getting open, hitting the right holes, doing my job. Otherwise, it doesn't matter.
And I think everybody has that mentality. It's do your job, do it at the highest level. I'm not a quarterback evaluator. People ask me all the time, how's the quarterback? I have no idea. I don't know mechanics. I have no idea how to evaluate quarterbacks. But what I do know is all three of them are amazing."
You can check out the interview by watching the film below:
McCaffrey continued by singing praises of all three San Francisco signal-callers, particularly Darnold, with whom he played prior to the 2022 midseason trade from Carolina:
"I talk about Brock and what he did last year, and not just how he played, but the way he carried himself, he's built to be a quarterback in this league.
I didn't get to play with Trey last year, but from what I've seen so far, Trey has been great. He's been awesome. And obviously, I've played with Sam, and I know what Sam can do, and seeing all the things that he's been doing this OTAs, too. I think, for us, it's nice knowing that we have three great options.
Like I said, I don't know who the quarterback is going to be. And frankly, my job is just to be as ready to go as I can for whoever it is. But I just know that we're in good hands no matter what."
Purdy might be the favorite to reclaim the starting job after what he did down the stretch and into the playoffs last season.
With him sidelined, though, Lance has as good a chance as any to reassert himself atop the 49ers depth chart, while Darnold is entering a bit of a desperation mode after failing twice, previously, but now landing in the best surrounding he's had since going pro.
While all that makes for a high-stakes fight between now and Week 1, McCaffrey doesn't seem to care that much.