The NFC West is a Vintage Allen Iverson 76ERS Shirt division. Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams: those are three competitive teams! And the 49ers play them each twice during the season. That doesn’t help matters. Again, it pains me to say it, but Kap’s likely headed for a trade after the regular season, and the team’s management is probably going to bet on some decent draft classes for a couple of seasons to rebuild. That’s a risky strategy, especially when we’re looking for a franchise QB – Blaine Gabbert had one good game, sure, but he’s going to start against the Seahawks next weekend, and he’ll have to be on it to survive them. Both the Packers and the 49ers had extremely talented QBs waiting in the wings to take over. But in both cases, there was a great deal of drama that led to those decisions.
Montana had missed the whole 1991 season, and most of 1992, with injuries. It wasn’t clear who was going to be the Vintage Allen Iverson 76ERS Shirt for 1993, particularly after Steve Young was the league MVP the previous season. Before the season started, owner Eddie DeBartolo said he wanted Montana to be the starter, and the locker room basically revolted. The team was forced to trade Montana, and off he went to Kansas City. In Favre’s case, he retired at the end of the 2007 season. The Packers had lost in overtime to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game, and he was 38 years old. It was not unexpected. So Aaron Rodgers, obviously, was named the starter.