Well at least we know they won’t go into the season with 2 QBs. The front office did a bit of dumpster diving and Scott Tolzien, formerly of the Chargers third-string offense, is now on the roster.
Which means that it’s looking more and more likely that Alex Smith will be backed by two rookies. Meaning that if Smith goes down, particularly early in the year, things are going to get real ugly. The conventional thinking then would be that the team is taking a huge gamble by not signing a veteran as the backup QB.
Then again, are they really better off with a mediocre veteran QB than a mediocre rookie QB? Josh McCown and Trent Edwards haven’t exactly been world-beaters, so would having them behind center rather than Colin Kaepernick or Scott Tolzien mean the difference between going 9-7 and going 6-10? Probably not.
In that case, why should they sign a veteran QB for the sake of having a veteran QB? Is it really worth having the “known quantity” at the roster when it’s a known quantity of complete shit?
On top of that, there’s the learning curve. Trend Edwards is bad. Trent Edwards with two weeks to learn the playbook is extremely bad. How much worse is Colin Kaepernick going to be, and if they’re at that point, is it really going to matter all that much?