Assuming Alex Smith heads elsewhere, one of the five quarterbacks below could start San Francisco’s next regular-season game. Here’s a look:
In 2006, Johnson’s junior season at Division I-AA USD, Harbaugh declared that Johnson was the best quarterback in college football. Yes, that included the quarterback who was on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State with 86 percent of the first-place votes. Some guy named Troy Smith.
Before Josh Johnson and before Andrew Luck, there was Todd Mortensen, Harbaugh’s first quarterback during his first season as a head coach.
With that — and Tollner’s 40-plus years of NFL and college coaching experience — as a backdrop, it was interesting to get his impressions of modern-day quarterback guru Jim Harbaugh this week.