Whenever I’m not obsessing about the North Carolina Tar Heels I’m also an avid San Francisco 49ers fan so suffice to say I’m no stranger to quarterback controversies. I remember the Joe Montana/Steve Young days fondly, many Niner fans hated the debate, I on the other hand loved it.
In my eyes it couldn’t get any better having possibly the greatest QB ever in Montana actually be challenged by a new dynamic and more athletic passer who actually ended up taking his job and forcing him out of San Fran.
This season the 49ers were hit with yet another QB controversy when starter Alex Smith suffered a concussion and was forced to miss a start and young Colin Kaepernick came in and provided what I see as elements that Alex never could to the 49er offense.
Could the same type of thing happen in Chapel Hill next season?
Bryn Renner is one of the most accomplished passers in Tar Heel history. He’s accurate, he’s a leader, a winner and very much capable of taking this team places, just like Alex Smith was and still is for the 49ers. But he’s not quite Marquise Williams in terms of his ability to make things happen. Renner can execute just about any play you ask of him with his arm, but very little with his legs, something Larry Fedora could use from his QB in his spread offense.
Just look at the type of QBs Fedora has recruited to Carolina, Mitch Trubisky and James Summers are both big, athletic, dual threat passers who can hurt you with both their arm and their legs, that is the type of QB Fedora needs to run this offense the way he truly wants to do.
Like Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco, Fedora was unable to run his entire offense with Renner at the helm and although Renner is currently the undisputed best QB on the roster, things can change quickly as they did in San Francisco.
I believe that Fedora will give Williams the chance to win the starting job this spring and like Kaepernick, if he can prove that he can throw the football with enough accuracy to run the offense the dynamic play making ability he brings to the table may just win him the job.