When the 2022 schedule first came out, I thought the 49ers would win nine games and miss the playoffs. But things have changed, and now they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Here’s why.
The 49ers have had a top-notch roster since 2019. But as good as it is, they still struggled when Jimmy Garoppolo got injured and Nick Mullens was the replacement in 2020, because Mullens is a backup, and the 49ers can’t win without a starting-caliber quarterback.
Four months ago, it seemed Trey Lance would be the starter and Nate Sudfeld would be the 49ers backup quarterback. Sudfeld is no better than Mullens. So if Lance were to get injured and miss a few games, which he might because he’s going to run the triple option, then the 49ers probably wouldn’t win without him.