Allow me to predicate this both by stating, I like B.J. Daniels too. In his limited action in the preseason Daniels provided a strong, fairly accurate throwing arm, stable decision making, and most importantly for his sake speed mixed with elusiveness. He was entertaining to watch against lesser caliber opponents.
But as I took to Twitter to scroll the time line upon hearing the news of B.J. Daniels being waived, I was overcome with a sense more familiar with Frank Gore being traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
This is the 2013 San Francisco 49ers. This is a team built to win now! They aren’t currently in the business of molding current 3rd string quarterbacks in an attempt to have a serviceable backup to Colin Kaepernick.
Trent Baalke and the 49ers organization are in a consummate game of chess every day. There’s a constant game of one upmanship within the world of the NFL General Managers to win on a week to week basis while also building a solid foundation for the foreseeable future. So as crushing as it was for many in the Niner Empire to see a promising back up to the back up quarterback get waived, Baalke is trying to have the best available players to beat the Texans this week. That’s why he’s throwing in a stopgap at linebacker like Jermaine Cunningham to add depth. More importantly, that’s why the signing of John Skelton appears imminent.
It’s out there in big BOLD letters that there is limited faith in Colt McCoy as the Kaepernick’s number one reserve. He’s been given a reduction in pay, he was competing with Daniels and Scott Tolzein throughout preseason, and he was threatened by the signing of Seneca Wallace.
So, Baalke had to take out a pawn, B.J. Daniels, and replace it with a king. But in the case of John Skelton, it’s more like a rook. Anyway you look at it though, it’s the right move.