Monday, October 27, 2008

QB Carousel Continues: 49ers name Shaun Hill starter

So far in the 2008 NFL Season, 58 Quaterbacks have taken at least 1 snap. Of the 32 teams in the league, only 23 teams are currently starting their Week 1 QB.

The San Francisco 49ers entered the season with new Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz orchestrating a QB battle between former 2005 1st Round Draft pick Alex Smith and six-year back-up QB Shaun Hill. Enter journeyman QB J.T. O'Sullivan during Training Camp, who took the job away due to his quick instincts, fast release and accurate arm. Smith would go on season-ending Injured Reserve with a hurt shoulder.

But after 8 weeks as the starting QB and a dismal 2-6 record, O'Sullivan and his 74.0 QB rating, 1,678 passing yards, 8 TD and 11 INT (and league leading 11 fumbles and 32 times sacked) was benched in favor of back up QB Shaun Hill at halftime of last week's 34-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Hill went 15 for 23; 173 passing yards and 1 TD in two quarters of play. Last season, Hill came in late in the year to start 2 games and lead the 49ers to a 2-0 record as the QB, before suffering a season ending finger injury in Week 16.

Enter new 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary. The former Hall of Fame Linebacker is looking to turn around the San Francisco franchise and announced today that Shaun Hill will be his QB and man to lead this team.

"We're going to go in that direction," Singletary said before getting in his car and leaving for the day. "We just felt like right now Shaun gave us the best chance of winning. ... It's just a good decision all around right now."

With the 49ers on a BYE for Week9, Hill will get his first shot in the Week 10 Monday Night Football match up at division rival Arizona on November 10th.

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