Look, I have grown to love Fitz as much as anyone. How can you not love the guy? He's made watching football fun again and he's helping our o-line and young WR's really develop. He's tough, gritty and smart. But there has been a lot of debate around here lately about him being a 'franchise QB'. I am not saying that he is, or isn't, capable of becoming a franchise QB. But my strong advice to OBD would be to draft a QB next year if they believe he can be a franchise QB.
Let me give you a perfect example of why I believe this so strongly. Back in 2008, Shaun Hill came out of his journeyman role to lead SF in the last 9 games of the season. He played very well putting up a nice 63% completion percentage, 2000 yards passing, with 13 TD to 8 INT. And that was playing on a team that didn't have much offensive talent around him. There was a lot of talk about him then, and his potential to develop into a starting caliber QB in the NFL.
I think this situation is very similar to what is going on with Fitz this year. I don't know if Fitz will turn back into a pumpkin in 2011 or if he'll turn into the next Kurt Warner. But I do know the 49ers passed on Josh Freeman the next year. I don't know if they didn't think Freeman was a franchise type prospect, or if they passed on a franchise type prospect because they liked what they saw in Hill. But, I can only assume that they'd be much happier right now with Josh Freeman taking snaps from behind center.
I hope and pray that Fitz turns into the second coming of Kurt Warner. And I know there are no guarantees with Newton, Luck, Locker etc. in the draft either. But one thing is for sure, I'd feel much better about our long term QB situation if we had BOTH Fitz and a top 10 QB from next year's draft on our roster next year. Hopefully either Fitz or the draftee will turn into our franchise QB. I like those odds.