List of San Francisco 49ers starting quarterbacks

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

2018 Jimmy Garoppolo (cropped)
Jimmy Garoppolo (2017–present)
Nick mullens 2018 49ers (cropped)
Nick Mullens (2018-present)
Cj beathard 2018 49ers (cropped)
C. J. Beathard (2017-present)

Starting quarterbacks

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Blaine Gabbert (2015–2016)
Colin Kaepernick - San Francisco vs Green Bay 2012
Colin Kaepernick (2012–2016)
Shaun Hill at SF in 2009
Shaun Hill (2007–2009)
Alex Smith - San Francisco vs Green Bay 2012 (4)
Alex Smith (2005–2007, 2009–2012)
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Steve Young (1987–1999)
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 28 - Roger Craig (Joe Montana crop)
Joe Montana (1979–1990)
John Brodie 1966
John Brodie (1957–1973)
Tittle 1961 Topps
Y. A. Tittle (1951–1960)

The number of games they started during the season is listed to the right in parentheses.

Regular season

Season(s) Quarterback(s)
1946 Frankie Albert
1947 Frankie Albert
1948 Frankie Albert
1949 Frankie Albert
1950 Frankie Albert (12)
1951 Frankie Albert (11) / Y. A. Tittle (1)
1952 Frankie Albert (7) / Y. A. Tittle (5)
1953 Y. A. Tittle (10) / Jim Powers (2)
1954 Y. A. Tittle (11) / Jim Cason (1)
1955 Y. A. Tittle (12)
1956 Y. A. Tittle (8) / Earl Morrall (4)
1957 Y. A. Tittle (11) / John Brodie (1)
1958 Y. A. Tittle (6) / John Brodie (6)
1959 Y. A. Tittle (10) / John Brodie (2)
1960 John Brodie (8) / Y. A. Tittle (4)
1961 John Brodie (14)
1962 John Brodie (14)
1963 Lamar McHan (9) / John Brodie (3) / Bob Waters (2)
1964 John Brodie (12) / George Mira (2)
1965 John Brodie (13) / George Mira (1)
1966 John Brodie (13) / George Mira (1)
1967 John Brodie (10) / George Mira (2) / Steve Spurrier (2)
1968 John Brodie (14)
1969 John Brodie (10) / Steve Spurrier (4)
1970 John Brodie (14)
1971 John Brodie (14)
1972 Steve Spurrier (9) / John Brodie (5)
1973 John Brodie (6) / Steve Spurrier (5) / Joe Reed (3)
1974 Tom Owen (7) / Joe Reed (4) / Dennis Morrison (2) / Norm Snead (1)
1975 Norm Snead (7) / Steve Spurrier (6) / Tom Owen (1)
1976 Jim Plunkett (12) / Scott Bull (2)
1977 Jim Plunkett (14)
1978 Steve DeBerg (11) / Scott Bull (5)
1979 Steve DeBerg (15) / Joe Montana (1)
1980 Steve DeBerg (9) / Joe Montana (7)
1981 Joe Montana (16)
1982 Joe Montana (9)
1983 Joe Montana (16)
1984 Joe Montana (15) / Matt Cavanaugh (1)
1985 Joe Montana (15) / Matt Cavanaugh (1)
1986 Joe Montana (8) / Jeff Kemp (6) / Mike Moroski (2)
1987 Joe Montana (11) / Steve Young (3) / Bob Gagliano (1)
1988 Joe Montana (13) / Steve Young (3)
1989 Joe Montana (13) / Steve Young (3)
1990 Joe Montana (15) / Steve Young (1)
1991 Steve Young (10) / Steve Bono (6)
1992 Steve Young (16)
1993 Steve Young (16)
1994 Steve Young (16)
1995 Steve Young (11) / Elvis Grbac (5)
1996 Steve Young (12) / Elvis Grbac (4)
1997 Steve Young (15) / Jim Druckenmiller (1)
1998 Steve Young (15) / Ty Detmer (1)
1999 Jeff Garcia (10) / Steve Stenstrom (3) / Steve Young (3)
2000 Jeff Garcia (16)
2001 Jeff Garcia (16)
2002 Jeff Garcia (16)
2003 Jeff Garcia (13) / Tim Rattay (3)
2004 Tim Rattay (9) / Ken Dorsey (7)
2005 Alex Smith (7) / Tim Rattay (4) / Ken Dorsey (3) / Cody Pickett (2)
2006 Alex Smith (16)
2007 Alex Smith (7) / Trent Dilfer (6) / Shaun Hill (2) / Chris Weinke (1)
2008 Shaun Hill (8) / J. T. O'Sullivan (8)
2009 Alex Smith (10) / Shaun Hill (6)
2010 Alex Smith (10) / Troy Smith (6)
2011 Alex Smith (16)
2012 Alex Smith (9) / Colin Kaepernick (7)
2013 Colin Kaepernick (16)
2014 Colin Kaepernick (16)
2015 Colin Kaepernick (8) / Blaine Gabbert (8)
2016 Colin Kaepernick (11) / Blaine Gabbert (5)
2017 Brian Hoyer (6) / C.J. Beathard (5) / Jimmy Garoppolo (5)
2018 Nick Mullens (8) / C.J. Beathard (5) / Jimmy Garoppolo (3)

Postseason

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 %
John Brodie 1957–1973 201 159 74 77 8 .491
Joe Montana 1979–1992 167 139 100 39 .719
Steve Young 1987–1999 150 124 91 33 .734
Y. A. Tittle 1951–1960 112 79 46 31 2 .595
Alex Smith 2005–2012 80 75 38 36 1 .513
Jeff Garcia 1999–2003 74 71 35 36 .493

Team career passing records

In the NFL era (since 1950 season)

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

See also

Lists of San Francisco topics

This is a comprehensive list of lists related to San Francisco. San Francisco is a city in California, within the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve Spurrier

Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945) is a former American football player and coach often referred to by his nickname, the "Head Ball Coach". Steve Spurrier was born in Miami Beach, Florida and grew up in Tennessee, where he was a multi-sport all-state athlete at Science Hill High School in Johnson City. He attended the University of Florida, where he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a college football quarterback with the Florida Gators. The San Francisco 49ers picked him in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft, and he spent a decade playing professionally in the National Football League (NFL), mainly as a backup quarterback and punter. Spurrier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986.

After retiring as a player, Spurrier went into coaching and spent several years as an assistant at several college programs, including at Duke University, where he began to develop his innovative offensive system while serving as the Blue Devil's offensive coordinator in the early 1980s. He was hired to his first head coaching job by the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1983. The USFL folded after three seasons, and Spurrier returned to the college ranks, serving as the head football coach at Duke (3 seasons), Florida (12 seasons), and South Carolina (10.5 seasons). Between his stints at Florida and South Carolina, he led the National Football League's Washington Redskins for two seasons. Spurrier retired from coaching in 2015 and became an ambassador and consultant for the University of Florida's athletic department, though he briefly returned to the sideline as the head coach of the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football in 2019. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2017, making him one of four members to be inducted as both a player and a coach.Spurrier's teams were known for winning with aggressive and high-scoring offenses, and he became known for teasing and "needling" rivals both before and after beating them on the field. He is the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina program history, and his last Duke squad won the program's only Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship over the last half-century in 1989. Florida's four consecutive Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships in the mid-1990s is the second-longest streak in conference history behind Bear Bryant's 1970s Alabama teams, and Spurrier and Bryant are the only coaches to hold the record for most conference wins at two different SEC schools. Spurrier is second to Bryant in total wins while leading an SEC program. When Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy during the Gators' 1996 national championship season, Spurrier became the only Heisman Trophy winner to coach another Heisman Trophy winner.

In September 2016, the University of Florida officially renamed the Gators' home field to Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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