The 49ers have a tough schedule in 2023 after finishing first in the NFC West last season. Typically a tough schedule means needing to go through a gauntlet of very good quarterbacks.
How good are the QBs on the 49ers’ schedule though? We went through and ranked the 14 presumed starting QBs on their 17-game slate and found that it mostly reflects the QB landscape in the NFL.
There are some heavy hitters at the top, followed by a massive middle tier where the players are mostly interchangeable depending on supporting cast and coaching staff, then there’s a small bottom tier of unknowns or outright bad QBs.
For our rankings we chose one QB from each team, though a couple clubs will have QB battles playing out during the offseason. Here’s how the list shook out before the season, and we’ll update it at year’s end: