Originally posted by billbird2111:
I don't really know what to make of this -- but I'll tell you this much:
My BS alarm is going off.
Shaun Hill goes from unquestioned starter to the bench and then traded to Detroit after leading this team to a 3-1 start?
Critics will point out his performances against Atlanta and Houston. True -- there's some reason there. But how many terrible, El Stinko games did Alex deliver? More than his share.
Something happened during the course of the season last year. Something bad happened. I imagine that we're going to find out at some point -- and it's the real reason as to why Hill was sent to the bench and then off-loaded to Detroit for a 7th round pick.
Folks -- being traded to Detroit is like winning 2nd place in the "Best Looking Mutt" contest where the prize for 2nd place is two weeks in Bakersfield. It's the same contest where a 1st place finish results in a prize of one week in Bakersfield.
The Shaun Hill train not only derailed -- it shot off the end of a bridge -- fell into the Grand Canyon, crashed and burned and nobody survived. Worse yet -- nobody cared.
Nobody is saying much. But there's a reason why this happened. I wish one or both of the two Matts would do a little digging and find out exactly what happened. Something doesn't smell right in Dodge.
Here's my guess/theories:
1) Singletary is a straight shooter. He's not afraid of being honest, so I don't think he's hiding anything. IMO, it's McCloughan was calling the shots in regards to the starting QB. Shaun Hill "won" the competition last year, but the 49ers GM and front office were probably quietly pushing Singletary to give the starting job to Smith to see if Smith would eventually become that franchise QB. Any sign of failure or "plateauing" of the offense would place the blame squarely on Hill and thus give them every reason to see what Smith could do. Plus, I don't think McCloughan wants to be known as the GM who passed on Rodgers for Smith.
2) Shaun Hill and Alex Smith are very good friends- this has been well-established. Hill was Smith's best man at his wedding. People who are friends means there's no animosity and so the QB competition really has no "competitive fire" to elevate either Smith's or Hill's play. Montana and Young hated each other and you can be sure both of them wanted to prove who the better QB was.
3) Hill was traded to Detroit for two reasons: 1) they have their franchise QB so Hill has no chance of even proving if he's a starting material or not, and 2) since Hill is going to Detroit, he has no chance of playing against Smith because Stafford is the unquestioned starter. McCloughan already chose Smith over Rodgers, can you imagine his reputation if Hill was actually better than Smith? That would be two WRONG QB decisions.
Again, this is just my opinion....