San Francisco 49ers: Quarterback Position Still Needs an Upgrade


Published: March 12, 2009


... Hill to begin the 2009 regular season. However, it is not yet clear whether or not Hill has the capability of a Joe Montana or Steve Young, who always came through in the clutch.

As solid as Hill's statistics have been during his tenure with the 49ers, his ability to lead a team for a full season and into the playoffs is still in question. Nonetheless, San Francisco has no options at quarterback that are proven winners other than Hill.

From 1979-2002, the 49ers were blessed with phenomenal play at quarterback, but since then they have failed to continue their traditional dominance at the position.

Montana, Young, and Jeff Garcia were all named to multiple Pro Bowls and the 49ers won five Super Bowls during that era. Garcia's final year for the 49ers did come in 2003, but the former 49er had a down year that led to his release.

Unfortunately, the 49ers organization didn't feel as if they needed to find someone to replace Garcia. Instead they let backup Tim R...

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