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Shaun Hill to open season as 49ers starter

We finally have a declared winner in one of the quarterback battles from around the league.

With 100% of the only opinion that matters reporting, Shaun Hill will lead the 49ers into battle in the team’s season opener, coach Mike Singletary announced Monday.

“I’m very excited about how Shaun ended last season and how he’s progressed through the offseason,” Singletary said.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise, despite Singletary’s statements delaying the decision on Sunday.  Alex Smith entered training camp knowing he needed a big preseason to make up ground on Hill, the incumbent.

Smith performed well in practices, possibly outplaying Hill early in camp, but he completed only 8-of-16 passes for 63 yards, one score and one interception in two preseason games.

Now that Hill has the job, the natural question is how long will he keep it?  It seems safe to assume that Hill will have to keep the 49ers near .500 or risk losing his job. 

While San Francisco’s schedule starts favorably, the smart money would be on Smith finding his way into the starting lineup before the end of the year.

UPDATE: Smith will miss the next week of practices with a sprained thumb, which surely made the decision even easier.

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10 Responses to “Shaun Hill to open season as 49ers starter”
  1. Pthingholm says: Aug 24, 2009 7:28 PM

    Good luck!

  2. daffx4 says: Aug 24, 2009 7:33 PM

    I want to be a 49ers QB too!

  3. StevieMo says: Aug 24, 2009 7:42 PM

    2007: “We’re going with Alex Smith and Sean Hill at QB.”
    2008: “We’re going with JT O’Sullivan over Alex Smith and Shaun Hill at QB.”
    2009: “We’re going with Shaun Hill and Alex Smith at QB.”
    Yo, San Francisco, move the chairs around all you want. You sucked at QB then and you still suck at QB.
    What a Slapdick Franchise. No wonder they’ve had 7 consecutive losing seasons. The York Family killed one of sports’ greatest brands. Wow.

  4. wherezwaldo says: Aug 24, 2009 7:49 PM

    great success!

  5. duckworth says: Aug 24, 2009 8:06 PM

    Now where is that $80mil contract for Shaun Hill?

  6. Azinine says: Aug 24, 2009 8:13 PM

    People seem to forget that he actually did a pretty good job last year.

  7. FumbleNuts says: Aug 24, 2009 8:17 PM

    Pack your bags Alex Smith, you’ll be looking for a new job next year.

  8. PhD says: Aug 24, 2009 10:21 PM

    quote:”the smart money would be on Smith finding his way into the starting lineup before the end of the year…”
    there’s absolutely no evidence to support this claim. So far, all Smith has proven himself to be is a multi-million dollar bust. The other two QBs currently on the roster have more promise when it comes to delivering wins for the team, should Hill need replacing.

  9. mustbechris says: Aug 25, 2009 3:32 AM

    Well, that’s not good.
    Not that Alex Smith is. It’s just that Shaun Hill isn’t either.

  10. epping16 says: Aug 25, 2009 2:41 PM

    Bad mouth Hill all you want but he has a better win % than over half of the leagues starting quarterbacks.

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