The quarterback-rich 49ers franchise has spawned hot competitions at the game’s most important position virtually since the team was formed eight decades ago, the best of which are detailed here in this list of the greatest QB competitions in 49ers history.
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EIGHT IS ENOUGH
Set 49ers lineup still has several new starters
Calling all cornerbacks
Loss of Verrett exposes 49ers’ thin depth at CB
Always finding their way to run
49ers system accomplished at developing homegrown talent
Resilient veteran Verrett to miss rest of season
TOP 10 Rookie running backs
THE BACK LIST
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Will Mostert run for 49ers again?
Raheem Mostert was primed this year to be the centerpiece of one of the NFL’s most dynamic offenses, featured as the lead performer in San Francisco’s grinding rushing attack while making his climb among the league’s top running backs.
THE WONDER OF WARNER
49ers make All-Pro star highest-paid LB in NFL
Making the right choice at QB
In the weeks that follow after you read this — and perhaps sometime even sooner than that — Kyle Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers organization will make a titanic decision that will have present, future and perhaps even everlasting implications for the franchise. It will chart the course for the team’s pivotal 2021 season while determining whether San Francisco really does have the juice to return to powerhouse status and again be considered a legitimate contender to get back to the Super Bowl.
TOP 10 Linebacker seasons
Fred Warner vaulted to stardom with a spectacular 2020 season — and the 49ers rewarded him this summer with a $95.225 million deal that makes him the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history. By today’s standards, Warner’s performance last year was worth the money as he posted an Approximate Value of 19 — matching the highest score ever recorded by a San Francisco defender according to a Pro Football Reference formula that puts a single number on each player-season across all positions since 1960. Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman (twice) also had seasons with an AV of 19 as they dominate this list of the greatest individual seasons by a linebacker in 49ers history.
The passion of Papa John
After stepping down three years ago following the revelation that he’d uttered a racist slur on a corporate call, John Schnatter is wandering the wilderness of TikTok and conservative media, criticizing the company he founded even as he dreams of a return
Big Sky's Moment of Glory
The most rugged resort in Montana gets speedy lifts, luxury hotels, and fine dining to match its extreme slopes
HOME NOT SO SWEET IN NFL THIS SEASON DESPITE RETURN OF FANS
The fans are back and the crowds are loud, but home-field advantage still isn’t a factor early in this NFL season.
As a former football star, an analyst on The NFL Today, and a new co-host of CBS’s morning show, Emmy Award–winning Nate Burleson shows his versatility every time he’s on camera. And he’s just getting started.
Jaylen Waddle is as advertised
The 2021 first-round pick has been a bright spot for the Dolphins
RON BOSS EVERLINE
In today’s hustle culture, hungry entrepreneurs are encouraged to do as much as humanly possible. Having a job just isn’t enough.
TGI sat down with guard Shane Lemieux
Darnold mea culpa
Sam Darnold was the third pick of the 2018 NFL draft and three years later dangles on a tightrope mixed with underwhelming NFL starters and guys on the cusp of the unemployment line.
How good can the defense be?
Had it not been for the Miami Dolphins’ defense last season, they would not have won 10 games.
AROUND THE AFC EAST
Buffalo has their future QB...do the other teams?