San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has named Shaun Hill his starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season. Hill will get the nod over former No. 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith.
Singletary made the announcement before Monday afternoon's practice at the team's Santa Clara headquarters. Singletary had been hesitant to say who was leading the competition and each QB earned one exhibition start.
The 29-year-old Hill went 5-3 over the Niners' final eight games last season and was 2-0 as a fill-in starter in 2007. He has shown he can lead the team and, ultimately, win. Hill's success down the stretch helped Singletary get the interim tag removed from his title heading into 2009.
Smith missed all of last season after re-injuring his surgically repaired throwing shoulder.
Hill is arguably the more athletic quarterback, although he doesn’t offer a vast upgrade over Smith. Still, the thought was that Smith would get the nod since the club has more invested in his success based on his draft position and financial situation.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made the Niners a 55/1 long shot to win the 2010 Super Bowl and 18/1 to win the NFC Championship Game.
Posted: 8/24/09 8:40PM ET