IF Ponder truly isn't our guy..
Personally, I like the idea of giving Ponder one more year to prove us wrong. He's got some ability, but hasn't showed the ability to improve the way we'd like to see. He's making the same mistakes again and again. For somebody that's supposedly one of the most accurate and smartest people in the league, he sure isn't playing that way. I would still like to see how he looks if we can get good blocking and receivers.
That leaves us four options really
1. Draft a QB early... Again
2. Hope Webb can provide the spark
3. Sign a UFA.
4. Trade for a QB
1. We have too many concerns to blow another pick on another early round QB in a relatively weak QB class. Barkley hasn't looked super hot, and honestly, USC QB's haven't been all that int he past 15 years. Like it or not, we don't suck enough to get Geno Smith from WV, another option could be whatshisname from Texas A&M, but that's a huge reach imo. Draft isn't the answer for us. We need receivers, OL, LB, CB, DL.... wasting a first round pick on another QB is an awful move.
2. We've given Webb a few chances, and he's looked... well... looked like an athletic kid who sort of can throw, that teams don't prepare for. He's not a starting QB in the league, good for a spark off the bench only. Not really an option. Alternative: McLeod John Baltazar Bethel-Thompson. AN undrafted QB, who's never taken an NFL snap in his career. I know many of you think he's the second coming of Tony Romo or something like that, I just don't see it happening. He's got a good arm, but there's a reason he's never been a second string guy in the NFL. If we go in a season with him as our starter, that's trouble
3. UFAs. This prospect intrigues me.
This season there will potentially be:
I fully expect Matt Schaub will be re-signed. I don't like the idea of Matt Moore as our starter, Peyton Manning's contract is structured in a way that he CAN become an UFA, but I highly doubt that based on how he's played. If Flacco does end up not being re-signed, what do you think?
He's had his struggles behind a suspect OL. He short-hopps passes sometimes but he has a big arm and can make all the throws. He's more decisive than Ponder, both presently, and even when he was a second year guy. He's not as fast, but is deceptively athletic. Joe CAN run if he has to.
Lastly, we can trade for a QB.
A couple guys we could potentially pry away:
Ryan Mallett.... You know, the guy I wanted us to get instead of Ponder. I have no idea what Bellicheck's plan is for him, whether he thinks he's the future replacement for Brady, or just a backup. If the price is right, he could be a guy to look into. Big, big guy, huge arm. Very immobile, but CAN be a decent option. If they'd take a third rounder, that might be worth it.
Colt McCoy. Got screwed by the Browns.. well... being the browns. He's got some talent, he's a fast guy, can move around in the pocket and take it and run. He doens't have a huge arm, but has shown he can at least produce a little bit under adverse conditions (being a brown). We have better receivers than they do (oh my god, that can't be right), better OL. Worth a shot for a late-mid round pick? It's pretty obvious that Weeden will be their guy going forward.
TJ Yates. This guy actually is a guy I'd like to bring in. He's got a very good deep ball. not the biggest arm, but his deep accuracy is very good. He puts the ball on target very well, and does well on the shorter passes as well. Scouting reports have him with very good footwork and work ethics. Has been compared to Peyton Manning in just how he obsesses over small details that can help his game. He's now played a few games in the NFL, and has won as well. He shows composure, skill and production. Would be a great prospect if we can get him. One downside is he's a bit of a gunslinger. He'll try and force the ball in somewhere. That can be good, but can also hurt. This is something that's coachable, but it's not always a bad trait.
Alex Smith. I'm willing to bet when Kaepernick was named starter, Smith called his agent and said "Get me out of here". Smith is not a great player, but has slowly developed into a servicable starter. He's not a guy to lead a franchise to victory after victory, but with a decent supporting cast, he can be a reliable player. We need to address other positions such as WR, OL and D, but if we can get a couple pieces to help, Smith could be a guy that can get us to the playoffs.