5 significant questions for 49ers at quarterback in 2023

Another year, another 49ers quarterback dilemma, and it's not likely one that'll likely be solved as easily as it might seem.
San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Trey Lance (L) and Sam Darnold (R)
San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Trey Lance (L) and Sam Darnold (R) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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Significant 49ers question No. 2: Who starts at quarterback if Brock Purdy is still hurt?

Despite the optimistic news, there is still a very real chance that Brock Purdy starts the year sidelined and isn't ready to go for a week, two or even longer.

Should that be the case, would Trey Lance get his starter's job back? Or would it be another former third-overall draft pick, Sam Darnold?

San Francisco liked Darnold prior to the New York Jets drafting him at No. 3 overall in 2018, and the 49ers also were reportedly in on Darnold prior to Gang Green trading him to the Carolina Panthers in 2021.

Now, the Niners have their guy. And there are plenty of NFL insiders, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, who believe Darnold will beat out Lance on the depth chart during training camp and the preseason.

Darnold, who owns a 21-34 record as a starter, has never been on as good a team as the one with which he now finds himself. And there's stability at head coach, too, under Kyle Shanahan.

Does that make Darnold a better quarterback, though? Or is Lance truly falling by the wayside in the most embarrassing fashion?