The San Francisco 49ers’ decision, though mainly the decision of head coach Jim Harbaugh, to choose former Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy to play second fiddle to starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick may have been the wisest decision given McCoy’s experience and skill. He does not have the best record as a starter and not the best statistics either, but he is effective as a starter.
The 49ers’ other options for backup quarterbacks were veteran journeyman Seneca Wallace and rookie B.J. Daniels from South Florida. Wallace has talented, but never struck a major cord with his previous coaches, and Daniels is just a rookie who has shown promise during the preseason.
If the sky were to ever fall on the 49ers fans with Kaepernick going down with some type of injury and McCoy were to start, the team would need to have an offense tailored to McCoy’s strengths. With Kaepernick at the helm of the offense, the Niners run the read-option offense. McCoy is not a read-option signal caller. He is a west coast type of quarterback. The west coast offense involves a lot of short and intermediate passes and plenty of motion from wide receivers, running backs and tight ends.
Adding to the scheme, San Francisco needs to go no-huddle in certain situations, especially if McCoy gets into an effective passing rhythm. In the end, the team will still rely on what they do best offensively, which is run the football. But if McCoy was to hold the offensive reigns, then he will not be having designed runs like the Kaepernick.