FOOCH'S NOTE 10/9 11:00PM: This has continued to have great conversation so I'm updating the time stamp to now so it's back up top for folks who want to keep chatting here. And also so people can see howtheyscored's comment that came up after it fell off the Rec'd list!
First and foremost, I want to state that I fully support Shaun Hill. While he may not possess some of the skills that a Peyton Manning or Drew Brees may have, he has been very consistant in his ability to drive the team down field and rally the team to wins. I know that this has been one of the most contraversial issues within the fan base for the 49ers. I thought this would be a very interesting topic and a good time to discuss what has been brought up several times throughout the early course of this 2009 season...
I want to go over some of his hard stats as well as some of the key plays he has made for the team and part of the journey that has brought him to San Francisco.
Now that he has played in 16 games (equivelant to a full season), I think its fair enough now to take a look inside as to what he has done. Keep in mind that one of the games he played in was for Minnesota in which he only took 2 snaps both times taking a knee. With that being said let's take a look:
287/449 COMP/ATT -- PCT% 63.9 -- YDS 3095 -- YDS/G 193.4 -- YDS/ATT 6.9 -- TD 21 -- INT 10 -- FUM/L 5
Now if all three seasons were combined in to one and these were his stats, I would have to say "not bad for a rookie season". If you think of it in terms of that. You could also make the argument that he has played under 3 different Offensive Coordinators while accumilating these stats.
Now, let's take a look at what he is doing so far this year:
52/82 COMP/ATT -- PCT% 63.4 -- YDS 548 -- YDS/G 182.7 -- YDS/ATT 6.7 -- TD 3 -- INT 1 --FUM/L 1
There is room to improve of course but you can make the same argument about every Quarterback in the NFL.
I want now to briefly look at Shaun Hill's journey in to the NFL and to the 49ers.
- He attended the University of Maryland and did not start until his Senior year in which he lead his team to a bowl game (The 2002 Orange Bowl to be more specific).
- He started his professional career with the Minnesota Vikings/ he was undrafted and signed in 2002
- 2003 Spent time with the Amsterdam Admirals/ Led league in yards and tied for most touchdowns
- 2006 Signed with the San Francisco 49ers/ DNP
- 2007-Current- See stats above
Shaun has really made an impact this season and half of last in my opinion. There have been several occasions between last year and a few this year that he has persevered, kept his cool, and had some key and very important drives. To provide more perspective, each week he seems to get better (not worse). Every player will have games that they really flutter and one thing I think that could be said about Hill is that he has stayed consistant in his play. Which is good enough for me. Furthermore, it would seem that he is developing more and more chemistry with the wide receivers on the team; one in particular Vernon Davis (fellow Terp although they played during different times). Anyway, although I know some of you all feel differently about Hill, I respect him for what he (with the help of Singletary) has brought this team to.
I am attaching a poll below to measure just how much support Hill has among the Faithful. Thanks for reading and very interested to see your comments regarding the issue.