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List of San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the 49ers.

Starting quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick, the current starting quarterback as of Week 13

List of all San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks: (The number of games they started during the season is listed to the right in parentheses :) .)

Regular season

Updated through Week 4 of 2014 Season
Season(s) Quarterback(s)
2014 Colin Kaepernick (12)
2013 Colin Kaepernick (16)
2012 Alex Smith (9) / Colin Kaepernick (7)
2011 Alex Smith (16)
2010 Alex Smith (10) / Troy Smith (6)
2009 Alex Smith (10) / Shaun Hill (6)
2008 Shaun Hill (8) / J.T. O'Sullivan (8)
2007 Alex Smith (7) / Trent Dilfer (6) / Shaun Hill (2) / Chris Weinke (1)
2006 Alex Smith (16)
2005 Alex Smith (7) / Tim Rattay (4) / Ken Dorsey (3) / Cody Pickett (2)
2004 Tim Rattay (9) / Ken Dorsey (7)
2003 Jeff Garcia (13) / Tim Rattay (3)
2002 Jeff Garcia (16)
2001 Jeff Garcia (16)
2000 Jeff Garcia (16)
1999 Jeff Garcia (10) / Steve Stenstrom (3) / Steve Young (3)
1998 Steve Young (15) / Ty Detmer (1)
1997 Steve Young (15) / Jim Druckenmiller (1)
1996 Steve Young (12) / Elvis Grbac (4)
1995 Steve Young (11) / Elvis Grbac (5)
1994 Steve Young (16)
1993 Steve Young (16)
1992 Steve Young (16)
1991 Steve Young (10) / Steve Bono (6)
1990 Joe Montana (15) / Steve Young (1)
1989 Joe Montana (13) / Steve Young (3)
1988 Joe Montana (13) / Steve Young (3)
1987 Joe Montana (11) / Steve Young (3) / Bob Gagliano (1)
1986 Joe Montana (8) / Jeff Kemp (6) / Mike Moroski (2)
1985 Joe Montana (15) / Matt Cavanaugh (1)
1984 Joe Montana (15) / Matt Cavanaugh (1)
1983 Joe Montana (16)
1982 Joe Montana (9)
1981 Joe Montana (16)
1980 Steve DeBerg (9) / Joe Montana (7)
1979 Steve DeBerg (15) / Joe Montana (1)
1978 Steve DeBerg (11) / Scott Bull (5)
1977 Jim Plunkett (14)
1976 Jim Plunkett (12) / Scott Bull (2)
1975 Norm Snead (7) / Steve Spurrier (6) / Tom Owen (1)
1974 Tom Owen (7) / Joe Reed (4) / Dennis Morrison (2) / Norm Snead (1)
1973 John Brodie (6) / Steve Spurrier (5) / Joe Reed (3)
1972 Steve Spurrier (9) / John Brodie (5)
1971 John Brodie (14)
1970 John Brodie (14)
1969 John Brodie (10) / Steve Spurrier (4)
1968 John Brodie (14)
1967 Steve Spurrier (2)
1966 George Mira (1)
1965 George Mira (1)
1964 George Mira (2)
1963 Lamar McHan (9) / John Brodie (3) / Bob Waters (2)
1962 John Brodie (14)
1961 John Brodie (14)
1960 John Brodie (8) / Y.A. Tittle (4)
1959 Y.A. Tittle (10) / John Brodie (2)
1958 Y.A. Tittle (6) / John Brodie (6)
1957 Y.A. Tittle (11) / John Brodie (1)
1956 Y.A. Tittle (8) / Earl Morrall (4)
1955 Y.A. Tittle (12)
1954 Y.A. Tittle (12)
1953 Y.A. Tittle (10) / Jim Powers (2)
1952 Frankie Albert (7) / Y.A. Tittle (5)
1951 Frankie Albert (11) / Y.A. Tittle (1)
1950 Frankie Albert (12)
1949 Frankie Albert
1948 Frankie Albert
1947 Frankie Albert
1946 Frankie Albert

Post-season

In the NFL era (since 1950 season)
Season Quarterback(s)
1957 Y.A. Tittle (0-1)
1970 John Brodie (1-1)
1971 John Brodie (1-1)
1972 John Brodie (0-1)
1981 Joe Montana (3-0)
1983 Joe Montana (1-1)
1984 Joe Montana (3-0)
1985 Joe Montana (0-1)
1986 Joe Montana (0-1)
1987 Joe Montana (0-1)
1988 Joe Montana (3-0)
1989 Joe Montana (3-0)
1990 Joe Montana (1-1)
1992 Steve Young (1-1)
1993 Steve Young (1-1)
1994 Steve Young (3-0)
1995 Steve Young (0-1)
1996 Steve Young (1-1)
1997 Steve Young (1-1)
1998 Steve Young (1-1)
2001 Jeff Garcia (0-1)
2002 Jeff Garcia (1-1)
2011 Alex Smith (1-1)
2012 Colin Kaepernick (2-1)
2013 Colin Kaepernick (2-1)

Most games as starting quarterback

These quarterbacks have the most starts for the 49ers in regular season games in the NFL era (since 1950 season).

Name
GP Games played
GS Games started
W Number of wins as starting quarterback
L Number of losses as starting quarterback
T Number of ties as starting quarterback
Pct Winning Percentage as starting quarterback
Name Period GP GS W L T %
Brodie, John 1957-1973 201 159 74 77 8 .491
Montana, Joe 1979-1992 167 139 100 39 - .719
Young, Steve 1987-1999 150 124 91 33 - .734
Tittle, Y.A. 1951-1960 112 79 46 31 2 .595
Smith, Alex 2005-2012 80 75 38 36 1 .513
Garcia, Jeff 1999-2003 74 71 35 36 - .493

Opinions

Personally, I think that Alex Smith is better than Colin Kaepernick. Taking nothing away from Kaepernick, Alex Smith led the Niners to 13-3 in 2011. The best that Kaepernick has done is 12-4. And then, when Alex Smith went to Kansas City, he took a previously 2-14 team to 11-5.

Team career passing records

In the NFL era (since 1950 season)
Name Comp Att % Yds TD Int
Montana, Joe 2,929 4,600 63.7% 35,124 244 123
Brodie, John 2,469 4,491 55.0% 31,548 214 224
Young, Steve 2,400 3,648 65.8% 29,907 221 86
Garcia, Jeff 1,449 2,360 61.4% 16,408 113 56
Smith, Alex 1,290 2,177 59.3% 14,280 81 63
Tittle, Y.A. 1,226 2,194 55.9% 16,016 108 134

See also

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