Giving Hill the starting job. That took all of the pressure of Alex Smith. The saying goes the most popular person with the fans is the second string qb. It was a win win situation for Sing. If Hill comes out and does well everyone is happy and Smith has time to continue to prepare. Which is exactly what happened. Then Hill began to show that he lacked a NFL arm and teams began to take advantage in that. Enter Alex Smith. If he would of come in today and sucked no one would of flinched. There weren't a lot of expectations anymore. He for the most part had been written off as a bust. But if he performed well especially on the road he would be welcome back with open arms.