The Case for Shaun Hill

It has been a few days since my last post. I have been caught up in a little thing called the Presidential Election. Not that is was a big deal or anything, but great job America! Way to correct yourself for the past eight years.

Shaun Hill will make his third career start at quarterback, his first on the road, in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. If there was ever a chance for Hill and the 49ers to make a statement it is on Monday Night Football. In the early stages of training camp I was surprised Hill was instantly given the third spot on the depth chart (without former coach Mike Nolan saying it) which was confusing to me. This was a guy who came in against the Minnesota Vikings last year after Trent Dilfer got knocked out for his career and, oh my!, he actually scored a touchdown. I was at the game and I was yelling “Shaun Hill, franchise quarterback!” My girlfriend and her brothers can vouch for me as that became the drunken chant the rest of the game. The 49ers offense was then, very much like now, non-existent in the game. Hill came in and lead the 49ers with a passing touchdown, their only TD of the game, going 22 of 27 for 181 yards. He started the next two games which the 49ers won:

49ers 20 Bengals: 17: 21 of 28 for 197 yards, one passing TD, one rushing TD.

49ers 21 Buccaneers: 19: 11 of 24 for 123 yards, three passing TD’s (Yes, 3 passing TD’s. We are capable of doing that.)

Now I do not believe Hill is a franchise quarterback but he is a QB who has proven he can manage a football game, not make costly mistakes, does not force the ball into coverage and can lead the offense to touchdowns.He again proved this two weeks ago against the Seahawks after coming in for a bench J.T. O’Sullivan giving a solid performance: 15 of 23 for 173 yards with one touchdown.

O’ Sullivan and Alex Smith were both prone to making horrible mistakes that took the 49ers out of games. Mike Martz, as much as he won’t say he had anything to do with O’Sullivan being the front runner as starter in the preseason and ultimately winning the job for the first eight games, has to develop a game plan that boost Hill’s talents which are short out routes. He does not have a very strong arm which O’ Sullivan did and that did not turn out too well. The 49ers O-line does not need another QB waiting for someone to get open to use his arm. Hill’s quick release and the shorter routes will make up for this. Why Nolan allowed O’ Sullivan to start and continue to start knowing what he had in Hill is amazing. One of many reasons he got fired. Mike Singletary was with the 49ers last year and knows the abilities of Hill. Making him the starter is the right move for a team looking for some kind of hope for the rest of the season. I believe Hill will make the 49ers look like they have an offense that can score. This will take pressure off of the defense that needs all the help it can get. The 49ers face a tough Cardinals defense but Singletary, Martz and everyone on the roster know how much of an impact one positive game can bring to a team that has fallen flat on their face.

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