Originally posted by fan49:
He hasn't shown any inkling of being a starter all pre-season. This is not a thread about alex or davis being the starter. Simply' its about Hill not showing any sign of being an nfl starter. Last year he did go 7-3. I almost promise none of those teams were in the top 15 d. So share opinion if you like, but should shaun hill be our starter or are you nervous?
First, you can't have a thread about whether Hill should be the starter without making it about Smith or Davis (or Huard) since those are the other options at QB.
Second, to say Hill has not shown anything in the pre-season is taking it out of context. In the first game, he played 1 series, completed both of his passes and the 49ers scored a FG. In the 2nd game, he followed Smith in the QB rotation and did no better or worse than Smith. In the 3rd game, he was okay, not great, not terrible. To the extent you want to pretend pre-season matters, at halftime, the 49ers were down 7 on the road against a Dallas team most see as a playoff team and Hill's best drive was the one right before the half. Smith didn't play. Davis played against 3rd stringers, including a number that won't make the team. All of this is to say, he's been even or slightly better than his competition (Smith) for the starting job and he played well as the starting QB to end the 2008 year. Based on that, he should be the starter.
Third, is this any different than how Hill played last year in the pre-season when he was outplayed by O'Sullivan and a still injured Smith? To the extent 49er fans believe in Hill, you have to accept that this isn't his strength. He's shown he plays his best in games that count with game planning, etc.
Fourth, Hill should be the starter AND 49er fans should be nervous...but not because of how he has played in the pre-season. Its clear the 49ers coaches and front office are "nervous" about the QB position given the flirtations with Warner, Cutler and Sanchez during the off-season. The biggest key to this season is figuring out whether one of the QBs on the roster can be the QB of the present and the future or if the 49ers need to go get another QB in the 2010 draft by way of 1 or both of their 1st round picks.