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Singletary says he's no closer to naming a starter

Both Alex Smith nor Shaun Hill looked flat during last night’s preseason game against the Raiders.

As a result, 49ers coach Mike Singletary says he’s no closer to naming a starter.

“We’ll review film tomorrow and we’ll talk about it then, see how far we are from making that decision,” Singletary said in comments circulated by the team.

Asked whether neither quarterback did anything to distinguish himself, Singletary did his best impression of Rocky Balboa:  “Absolutely.”

(Prior reports suggested that Hill was in the lead, and that Smith needed a strong performance against the Raiders to close the gap.)

The next game — the third of the preseason — represents the closest thing to a dry run for Week One.  Some coaches (like Raheem Morris of the Bucs) think it’s critical to name a starter by then.

For now, however, Singletary isn’t talking about whether he’ll decide between Smith and Hill before the August 29 game at Dallas.

“I don’t know,” Singletary said.  “I don’t really want to get into that.  We just have to sit down and take our time, evaluate, and look at a number of things.”

Some of the things they should look at is whether any other better quarterbacks are available, before they sign with the UFL.

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11 Responses to “Singletary says he's no closer to naming a starter”
  1. mustbechris says: Aug 23, 2009 12:42 PM

    Gotta feel for Niners fans. Followed up years of glory with years of total ineptitude. And they still play in Candlestick Park. I think Singletary’s got them moving in the right direction, but this QB situation is as anti-climatic as they come. Alex Smith set them back so many years.

  2. Ceedub says: Aug 23, 2009 1:07 PM

    With Beason going down last night (out 4-6 weeks), the Niners #1 pick from Carolina in next years draft might very well be used for a QB. Smith and Hill are scrub backups at best. With the Niner glory years a distant sight in the rear-view mirror, this once proud franchise needs another QB in the Montana-Young vein to provide leadership and direction. Anything less than 5 wins this year will send Singletary packing. Best case scenario would bring Mike Holmgren back to SF and the west coast offense Bill Walsh introduced and perfected back in the 80’s.

  3. Ceedub says: Aug 23, 2009 1:08 PM

    With Beason going down last night (out 4-6 weeks), the Niners #1 pick from Carolina in next years draft might very well be used for a QB. Smith and Hill are scrub backups at best. With the Niner glory years a distant sight in the rear-view mirror, this once proud franchise needs another QB in the Montana-Young vein to provide leadership and direction. Anything less than 5 wins this year will send Singletary packing. Best case scenario would bring Mike Holmgren back to SF and the west coast offense Bill Walsh introduced and perfected back in the 80’s.

  4. Ceedub says: Aug 23, 2009 1:15 PM

    With Beason going down last night (out 4-6 weeks), the Niners #1 pick from Carolina in next years draft might very well be used for a QB. Smith and Hill are scrub backups at best. With the Niner glory years a distant sight in the rear-view mirror, this once proud franchise needs another QB in the Montana-Young vein to provide leadership and direction. Anything less than 5 wins this year will send Singletary packing. Best case scenario would bring Mike Holmgren back to SF and the west coast offense Bill Walsh introduced and perfected back in the 80’s.

  5. Brian says: Aug 23, 2009 1:28 PM

    Alex Smith has been a multi-million dollar bust. The Niners blew it when they passed on Aaron Rogers from Cal (across the SF Bay) who’s a traditional drop-back QB. As a long-time Niner fan, it’s been hard to watch the team struggle for nearly a decade now. We had some absolutely glorious years for two decades but they’re a distant memory. I hope Singletary will have enough time to turn the team around; he seems to be bringing a new focus, attitude and dedication to quality football to the team. Let’s hope!

  6. Merton Hanks says: Aug 23, 2009 1:41 PM

    Wow, didn’t see that Beason went down. That’s big – with little depth and arguably the toughest schedule in the league, Carolina may have a rough go at it the first couple weeks, which could mean a long year for them.
    As for our QB situation, it’ll be Hill, and we’ve just got to hope that Gore and Coffee can get the ball downfield while we rely on Hill to be OK and hope that he doesn’t throw many picks. Nate Davis did well (against OAK’s scrubs), but looked poised and comfortable back there for the most part, and threw the ball where it needed to be with some zip.

  7. ninerblitz says: Aug 23, 2009 2:36 PM

    ENOUGH OF THE RODGERS COMPARISON OR WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE. WHAT ARE THE NINERS GOING TO DO NOW?!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I would start Hill in week one. I would get Nate Davis ready to take over by week 10. Hopefully, we can keep the same offense and OC for at least 4 years (kinda like the what Aaron Rodgers got). This could be a build for next year scenario. Let’s be realistic, new coach, new OC, new offense and sub par QB. The rookie has talent that can’t be coached and he has the all the upside, plus he is a rookie drafted by Sing.

  8. tv says: Aug 23, 2009 3:06 PM

    Bring back Montana. He’d still be better than these clowns.

  9. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 23, 2009 7:12 PM

    A.J. Feeley

  10. Henchman #24 says: Aug 24, 2009 10:05 AM

    Wow, this is intelligent, Florio. I’m sure Jeff George, being several years removed from his last snap, would be an improvement over Shaun Hill, who was 5-2 as a starter, and posted a 90+ rating last year… with NO protection, TERRIBLE weapons, and an OC who didn’t want him.
    Yep. Jeff George.

  11. 808BOLTFAN says: Aug 24, 2009 5:00 PM

    Start Nate Davis. He would do a lot better than both Over the Hill and Million dollar bust Smith. Davis is a rookie, but looks more poised and comfortable in the pocket. I’m not a Niner fan, but feel for them. I have a house full of niner fans (samoans) I’m the only Charger fan. But yeah, better off starting Davis. Dude can really ball it up.

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