Build your ultimate 49ers offense since 1980

Build your ultimate 49ers offense since 1980

With offseason activities limited to online-only and no football getting played, we decided to take a look back at some of the great offensive players who’ve rolled through San Francisco since the team’s rise to dominance in the early 1980s. There’ve been some ups and downs since then, but the club has continued to churn out high-quality NFL talent. We used a five-by-five grid, divided by dollar amounts and players, and allotted $15 to build the ultimate 49ers offense using players who’ve suited up for San Francisco since 1980. Here’s the grid, along with the case for each player: $5, Joe Montana: He’s on the Mt. Rushmore of all-time great NFL quarterbacks and won four Super Bowls under center in San Francisco. $4, Steve Young: A two-time MVP who led the NFL in completion rate five times, touchdown passes four times and guided the 49ers to their last Super Bowl win. $3, Jeff Garcia: His run in San Francisco was short, but he set the franchise single-season record for passing yards with 4,278 in his second season, and he went to the Pro Bowl three times. $2, Colin Kaepernick: Organizational tumult and injuries stunted Kaepernick’s growth as a quarterback, but he still threw 72 touchdowns against just 30 interceptions. His skill set would be even better in 2020’s offensive landscape where coaches are better at adapting offenses to quarterbacks’ skill sets. $1, Alex Smith: Smith overcame a disastrous start and put together a really nice career ...
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