In Order for Brian Hoyer to be Successful, he’ll have to Spread the Wealth

The San Francisco 49ers’ new starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer, will have a successful season because of the plethora of skilled players around him and the offense he will be commanding. Niners Live fearlessly predicted that Hoyer will pass for 4,000 yards. This is a fan’s perspective on how the tools surrounding Hoyer will assist him to the best season of his career.


Hoyer, 6’3 215 lbs., enters the 2017 season reunited with Kyle Shanahan, who was his offensive coordinator in 2014 with the Cleveland Browns. Shanahan, in his first season as head coach of the 49ers, handpicked Hoyer to be his field general.

Hoyer was recently asked about his familiarity with Shanahan and the offense during an interview after an OTA practice.

“It’s easier to call the plays this time around. I remember last time kind of having to think about it. Whereas now, when I hear Kyle start to call a play, I can put it together. “It’s something I don’t really think about anymore. It comes naturally to me,” stated Hoyer (Via the team’s website).

The front office was aggressive in adding Playmakers at the skill positions via free agency,(Pierre GarconKyle JuszczykMarquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson), and the draft, (Trent TaylorGeorge Kittle and Joe Williams). Along with incumbents like Vance McDonaldJeremy Kerley and Carlos Hyde, Hoyer has an arsenal of offensive weapons at his disposal.

Hoyer excels at reading defenses and finding the open man. Shanahan’s offense is geared around getting players in open space. This offense is a perfect match for Hoyer’s skillset. Hoyer prides himself on being mentally prepared, and credits it to why he has lasted so long in the league as an undrafted free agent.

Check out his interview in the 49ers recent State of the Franchise. Fast forward to the 1:15:00 mark.

As a 49ers fan, I’m eager to see how Hoyer orchestrates this offense, which at times is absolute poetry in motion. Shanahan is regarded as an offensive genius, he always seems to be a step ahead of the defense. This will put Hoyer in a position to consistently make plays to his wide array of playmakers.

General Manager John Lynch discussed why the 49ers are excited to have Hoyer as the starting quarterback in 2017 in an interview.

Hoyer has a proven number one receiver in Garcon, a pass catcher he can rely on to make tough catches and move the chains on third down. He has downfield burners in Goodwin and Robinson, shifty, sure-handed slot receivers in Kerley and Taylor, tight ends with speed in McDonald and Kittle, pass catching running backs in Hyde, Tim Hightower, Williams and Kapri Bibbs, and an “offensive weapon” fullback in Juszczyk aka the “JUICE” that will be used all over the offense to create constant matchup mismatches.

When this offense gets on the same page, defenses will have to pick their poison. The run game will always be a factor in this offense. Defenses will have to decide on what pass catchers to focus on, plus the addition of play action passes will leave defense constantly guessing. This is the best overall group of playmakers he will lead, and one of the best play callers in the league is dialing up the plays. (If) the offensive line, which Niners Live recently discussed being an area of “Uncertainty“, can protect him, and he stays healthy, Hoyer will have his best season as a starter and best case scenario lead the 49ers to the playoffs.

In Closing: The key factor in Hoyer’s success this season will be him sharing the rock to all his skill players. He has to focus on managing the game and letting his diverse set of playmakers create the game changing/clinching plays. He can attack defenses short, intermediate, long, across the middle and out of the backfield. Shanahan’s offense will always dial up an open man, it’s for Hoyer to find him before the defense gets to him. Hoyer must work on protecting the ball this season. If he does that and stays healthy for the entire season, he will have a very successful one.

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