After the starting quarterback for the 49ers, Brock Purdy, had to leave Sunday’s NFC championship game with an elbow injury, the team’s chances of winning were virtually eliminated when Josh Johnson, Brock Purdy’s backup, was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The 49ers were out of the playoffs.
Many fans of the NFL found the game boring to watch, with the exception of fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the highly penalized 49ers players appeared clearly upset as they played in a hopeless scenario.
Mike Florio, the editor of Pro Football Talk and primary writer for the publication, believes there is a way to prevent situations like the one that unfolded on Sunday from reaching the almost ridiculous proportions that were observed.
According to Mike Florio, the reinstatement of an emergency quarterback rule would at the very least enable teams to dress a third-string quarterback in the event that the worst-case scenario materializes.
Regulation to this effect was in effect up until 2011
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According to what Mike Florio says, a regulation to this effect was in effect up until 2011, at which point the league simply increase the size of each roster by one player. The majority of teams, on the other hand, reacted by fielding one additional player in a position other than quarterback.
However, the league could ensure that the emergency roster place could only be used for a quarterback, with the restriction that the first two quarterbacks on the depth chart cannot return to the game if the third-stringer is introduced.
This would ensure that the spot is utilized exclusively for quarterbacks.
According to Mike Florio’s observations, the likelihood of a quarterback playing out of position and being able to make a significant impact on the outcome of a game is quite low.
On the other hand, despite being the starting QB for the 49ers on Sunday, Brock Brock Purdy was at one point ranked third on the team depth chart, behind Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Even if Brock Purdy is the exception in this regard, you have to think that most teams could dress a third-stringer who would give them a better chance of winning than running gadget formations with running backs and wide receivers taking direct snaps.
This is because running gadget formations gives running backs and WR more opportunities to make plays.