With the signing of nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers have made it clear that they aren’t satisfied with their backup options behind starter Colin Kaepernick. However, it doesn’t mean that Wallace will necessarily be sticking around for the season.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman noted that Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings is a big one for the backups.
“I think it’s going to be a big game for them, big game for all of us,” Roman said to the Associate Press. “But, I think they just need to improve really down-in, down-out [in] consistency. The right reads, obviously making the right throws. They’ve done some really good stuff up [un]til now, stuff that’s under-the-radar type things. Again, they’ve had some plays that they’d love to do over again. So, it’s a matter of coming out this week and having a really strong performance.”
Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien have been treated as the No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks, respectively, throughout this preseason, but each have displayed obvious and glaring weaknesses.
McCoy’s arm, decision making and accuracy are just as much of question marks as they were in Cleveland. This preseason we’ve seen McCoy miss receivers by several yards and throw some extremely erratic picks. That said, the 49ers did trade to get him, so he probably will be safe as the third string — even if he continues to underwhelm — potentially leaving Tolzien or Wallace as the odd man out.
The team loves Tolzien’s intangibles, but his arm is even weaker than McCoy’s, and he’s by far the least athletic quarterback on the roster.
The extremely mobile B.J. Daniels stole the show last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Based on that performance alone, Daniels has already made himself a strong contender to stay on the roster as a QB . Whether he makes the roster as a QB or not, remains to be seen, but rest assured that Daniels is making the roster in some capacity.
More than likely, the signing of Wallace was a coaching tactic by Jim Harbaugh to push his current guys — much like the signing of Vince Young was in Green Bay. Realistically, what Wallace has shown in his time in the league hasn’t been much better than McCoy.
Wallace will likely push McCoy, Tolzien and Daniels — but it’s hard to imagine that he’ll be kept on the roster too long unless all three of those guys completely implode Sunday night.
Either way, the message has clearly been sent by the team. This is what makes preseason fun: seeing who steps up and who folds under the pressure.