Once the cradle of the NFL's finest passers, the city of San Francisco is now the home to the league's second ugliest quarterback controversy. Should the 49ers stick with former No. 1 overall pick
In fact, no 49ers quarterback has passed for 3,000 yards or 20 touchdowns since '02, when
In '06 Smith actually looked as though he had turned around the woes of his rookie year. He had an equal number of touchdowns and interceptions (16) that sophomore campaign, and threw for 2,890 yards. That statline should have answered those ready to hang the "bust" tag on the former Utah product. But it hasn't.
It's easy to forget other franchise quarterbacks have needed time to develop (guys such as
Smith is four years younger than either of the two players with which he is competing, but that might be secondary to whom gives the team the best chance to win, but in a close competition it's a factor that must be considered. Bottom line: if any of these three have the potential to be an elite NFL quarterback, it's Smith.
As a Lion, O'Sullivan saw limited action, but he did complete 13 of 24 passes in an overtime win over Minnesota in Week 2 of last year. In NFL Europe, O'Sullivan was named the co-offensive MVP after posting a 104.8 QB rating for Frankfurt. Perhaps Martz saw something in the Detroit backup he appreciated, who knows? This job is up for grabs, and Martz has made difficult (and unpopular) quarterback decisions before.
San Francisco is best served turning to the safest pick rather than the boldest one. In '07 Hill looked the most comfortable guiding this team and he probably gives the 49ers the best chance of competing in the NFC West.
What fantasy owners really care about, though, is not who wins, but rather that the player is able to benefit from Martz's tutelage. What Martz did for