Shaun Hill got banged around in San Francisco’s humbling 45-10 loss to the Falcons, so he’s sitting out some work during the team’s bye week practices.
“There has been no talk about making a change at quarterback” according to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, but Alex Smith got his first work with the starting 49ers offense since training camp while Hill recovered.
So, to be clear, there is nothing to see here in terms of a quarterback controversy.
But there is a case to be made that Smith deserves consideration before the end of the season if the 49ers passing attack doesn’t improve.
Hill doesn’t turn the ball over, but he’s taken the third-most sacks in the league and his yards per attempt is 6.2, good for 25th in the NFL. Only Kerry Collins and JaMarcus Russell have thrown for fewer plays over 20 yards among quarterbacks that have started every game this season.
Hill’s body of work as a 49er, not to mention San Francisco’s 3-2 record, have earned him respect and plenty of rope. But at some point, the 49ers will need to find some explosive plays in the passing game or it wouldn’t be a surprise if there is talk about a change.