Oh, what most teams wouldn't do for the so-called quarterback controversy that has enveloped the 49ers.
The recent spate of injuries to starters such as Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick and Jay Cutler once again has illustrated how NFL teams, in most cases, really are only as good as their backup quarterbacks.
For most teams, an injury to the starter would entail going from, say, Tom Brady to Ryan Mallett or from Joe Flacco to Tyrod Taylor.
Rare is the case where a Steve Young is at the ready if a Joe Montana gets injured. Or, in the case of the Raiders, twice being able to call upon Jim Plunkett and winding up with two Super Bowl titles.
"There's a drop-off in performance offensively on most of these ballclubs once the starter goes out," Plunkett said recently. "They tend to struggle quite a bit. Not always, but more often than not."
The biggest reason, Plunkett said, is that backup quarterbacks don't get enough repetitions in practice during the week and in games. Backups also tend to lose interest as the season progresses and they see no hope of playing.
Plunkett said the 49ers have done a nice job of getting Colin Kaepernick up to speed in his two seasons.
Hence, it's no surprise that coach Jim Harbaugh isn't as worked up about the situation as are fans and media.
The 49ers find themselves in the enviable position of picking between two desirable options now that Kaepernick has had a chance to show that he can play at a level comparable to that of longtime starter Smith, if only for one game.
Plunkett cautioned against making too much of Kaepernick's performance in one game. He said Kaepernick "seems" to have a huge upside, which would put the 49ers in the minority of having more than one attractive option at quarterback.
Plunkett didn't have the luxury that players in today's NFL have in free agency. He joined the Raiders after being released by the 49ers in 1978, embraced his role and bided his time.
These days, promising quarterbacks always are looking for an opportunity to start and don't stick around with one team very long as a backup.
That's why Matt Schaub went from a backup in Atlanta to a starter in Houston and why Vick now is backed up by a rookie and not the well-groomed Kevin Kolb, who bolted for a starting job in Arizona.
Broadcaster Jon Gruden gushed on air Monday night about how the 49ers might win the Super Bowl behind Kaepernick. Every other team holds its breath that the starter doesn't go down.
Such a scenario doomed the Houston Texans and the Chicago Bears last season, when the Texans went from Schaub to Matt Leinart to T.J. Yates and the Bears from Cutler to Caleb Hanie.
The Pittsburgh Steelers in one week this season went from the two-time Super Bowl-winning Roethlisberger to Byron Leftwich and now Charlie Batch.
Who's got it better than the 49ers? For now, not many.
Now there's talk about the Eagles dumping him this offseason, rather than pay the $15 million base salary he is due. Only $4 million of that is guaranteed based on the language of the contract he signed 16 months ago.
The Eagles doled out $25 million guaranteed to Asomugha in outbidding the likes of the Texans, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.
Asomugha reached All-Pro level with the Raiders by excelling at man-to-man coverage and shutting down the opponent's top receiver. With the Eagles, he is asked to play a variety of coverages, and that hasn't translated into the dominance he enjoyed in Oakland.
Don't be surprised if Asomugha winds up back with the Raiders or joins the 49ers, given his strong Bay Area ties.
Passenger Tom Schwallie recognized the massive lineman from his favorite team and handed him a bracelet commemorating his son, Sgt. Jacob M. Schwallie of Clarksville, Tenn., who was killed in Afghanistan in May at the age of 22.
"We meet people through God for a reason," said Lutui, a father of five. "This is just a reminder of how thankful I should be for this Thanksgiving. For him to give up something so close to him, it belonged to his son. It was made for his son.
"He said, 'You don't have to wear it. Just put it in your locker and let the boys know Jacob was a great fan and he was a great young man and he served in the Army.' "
Lutui hugged Schwallie and gave him his Titans sweatshirt. He said he intends to have Schwallie and his family attend a game as his guests.
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