Remembering All The Awful Quarterbacks 49ers Fans Suffered Through After Montana/Young

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06.11.15 32 Comments
Alex Smith, Trent Dilfer, Jesse Palmer, and Shaun Hill on the SAME preseason team in 2006.

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Alex Smith, Trent Dilfer, Jesse Palmer, and Shaun Hill on the SAME preseason team in 2006.

The most difficult hand-off in football is the one that occurs between a franchise quarterback and his successor. For every Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck success story, there are botched transitions like the moves from Dan Marino to Scott Mitchell in Miami and Phil Simms to Dave Brown in New York in the ’90s that live on like ghost stories that get passed from one coach to another.

In San Francisco, 49ers fans have experienced great fortune and great despair when it comes to that hand-off. With Joe Montana’s 59th birthday on Thursday and rumors about the suddenly rebuilding 49ers potentially looking to shop their current franchise quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, it seems like a good time to remember the army of disappointment that followed Montana, his immediate successor Steve Young, and scrap-heap All-Star Jeff Garcia.

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