Jim Harbaugh said after the 34-14 preseason win over the Minnesota Vikings that Colt McCoy will be the team's No. 2 quaterback. He said this with confidence that McCoy would remain on the team despite the trade rumors that started forming earlier in the day.
McCoy didn't have a great performance, but it was enough to earn Harbaugh's praise. The head coach said to not believe what is always reported on the internet saying it isn't necessarily true.
"He was accurate with his throws," Harbaugh said. "I thought he was plus, plus tonight."
The final stat line for McCoy had 115 passing yards after going 11 for 15 with an interception. McCoy led the 49ers to a touchdown drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Prior to the game, McCoy said his contract was restructured so that it was below the initial $1.5 million in his rookie deal. He will most likely make the veterans minimum of around $630,000 plus incentives, according to a league source.
With this decision, Harbaugh is standing by the team's initial plan of McCoy being the backup behind Kaepernick. McCoy and a 6th round pick were acquired by the 49ers in exchange for a 5th and 7th round draft pick. The 49ers used that 6th round pick in order to trade up in the second round and draft Vance McDonald.
He has the most in-game experience as Seneca Wallace is the only other who has started a game in the NFL. With McCoy's restructured contract, the team doesn't have to worry about any financial burdens for this season.
McCoy said a big reason for his struggles was because he couldn't adjust to the 49ers style of offense immediately. In the first two games, he had two lackluster performances of only showing promise scrambling, but not being effective in the air.
"I hadn’t picked up on [the offense] as much as I’d like, I’ll admit that," McCoy said. "It comes slower to me, whether that’s all the offenses I’ve been through kind of cluttered together or just maybe taking a little bit more time. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I can say that over this past week and this game, I felt much better, which is a positive.”
For the third string spot, B.J. Daniels entered the game in the fourth quarter and led the 49ers to another touchdown drive which ended in a 1-yard dive by Anthony Dixon. The rookie quarterback showed his mobility again with a 20-yard run as he got ran a touchdown himself.
Scott Tolzien did not play as his chances of making the team are doubtful. Newly signed QB Seneca Wallace had a mop up role in the 4th quarter on the final possession. With McCoy declared as the No. 2 quarterback, Daniels is officially the front runner behind him as the third string QB.