The NFL is a quarterback driven league. For better or worse, the position drives the conversation year-round.
This is especially true regarding the San Francisco 49ers. Not many organizations have been able to go from one Hall of Fame quarterback, Joe Montana, to another, Steve Young.
Over the two weeks there has been a rumor that Tom Brady could be interested in coming out of retirement to join San Francisco. Aaron Rodgers has been another highly talked about option since rumors first surfaced that Green Bay may trade the quarterback on the eve of the draft.
Steve Young joined the TKB show on KNBR for his final weekly show of the season. Young was asked about the whispers that Brady could come out of retirement or Rodgers ending up in San Francisco and if he would endorse the team brining in either veteran or just focus on getting Trey Lance ready to take over.
“To be intellectually honest, this is a time when if you have a veteran quarterback that’s capable and throw Tom’s stats up of this year and you’re ‘like 44 years old, like ok’. Let’s take 10% off or 15% off next year, he still leads the league probably,” responded Young.
“Remember I said you have to have an owner, a general manager, a coach, the help on the field. If I said which team for a quarterback are the number one, two, three, four teams in the league that have that, the 49ers are right there. If I’m Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady or anybody, Trey Lance, or Jimmy Garoppolo, I want to be here. I want to be there! This is the place. There are maybe one or two others that you might consider, but not really. None in the AFC.
“If I’m going to be in the NFC and I’m going to pick one of the 16 teams that’s ready, the 49ers are that team. So, you ask me that question, what do I think about Tom Brady for one more year or Aaron Rodgers for a couple or three years? This team could go win three Super Bowls.
During Super Bowl media week, Joe Montana drew the ire of some 49ers fans when he said he didn’t think Trey Lance was not ready to play.
It appears Young also has questions around the readiness of Lance to take over.
“Now Trey Lance, we don’t know, and Trey doesn’t know. If Trey was ready, Trey would have played,” said Young. “Trey needs to get ready this offseason. This needs to be the biggest boot camp ever in history, to get him ready to be expansive. I told you when I said we’d have to watch him go from two to 10, this Fall is not going to go from 6-10, it’s going to be a process, it’s going to be a patient process, but we cannot wait for that. We’ve got to get him ready, and we’ve got six months to do it.
“But if you’re asking me what I think about Aaron Rodgers coming or Tom Brady…the 49ers are that team, so yes! Yes. I’m not trying to encourage anything, but yes! If I’m Jimmy (Garoppolo), I’m going to the 49ers saying don’t send me anywhere. If I have a chance to be good or great, the number one place to do it is right here, it’s already been proven to me.”