QB Shaun Hill - St. Louis Rams
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Week 16: vs New York Giants
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Shaun Hill continues to throw for around 200 yards per game, though he didn't manage any TDs last week (20/39 for 229 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -18 yards). In fact, the only scores in the AZ/STL game last week were field goals for a 6-12 decision against St. Louis. Hill relies on Stedman Bailey (nine targets for 5/74/0 receiving last week), Jared Cook (eight for 3/22/0) and Kenny Britt (nine for 5/65/0) the most in varying combinations from week to week. The Giants' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 236.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given up vs. 15 interceptions and 41 sacks (tied for ninth in the NFL, fourth respectively) generated to date. The Rams are 25th in the NFL with 41 sacks allowed, so Hill will likely have pass pressure in his face regularly during this game. Last week, New York held the Washington duo of quarterbacks to 22/34 for 228 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with seven sacks for -47 yards piled up by the Giants. This is a bad matchup for the so-so Hill and company.
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2014 Week 13 vs OAK (13 / 22 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
For a team that put up 52 points, Shaun Hill had rather modest yardage totals. But he did account for 3 TD's and played solid, mistake-free football. The Rams look like a totally different team since Hill and Mason have taken over. Schottenheimer started things out with a lot of short passes, screens, swing passes and short slants. This strategy was only altered with the occasional deep crossing route, but it worked for the Rams. They scored 5 TD's on their first 5 drives, completely blowing the Raiders off the field. Hill was very accurate, focusing his attention on Stedman Bailey, keeping things short and running the gameplan to perfection. He didn't throw deep downfield very often, although he did try one deep ball to Kenny Britt that drew a pass interference penalty. The early success led to a second half that consisted of a lot of running and very few passing attempts, which kept Hill's numbers quite modest. At this point, Hill seems to be a better option than many starting QB's in the league, and is saving the Rams from what was turning into a nightmare season.
2014 Week 14 vs WAS (16 / 22 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill had a solid first half managing the game, and putting the Rams in decent position. He did struggle with his deep ball accuracy and cost the Rams some points early. Of note were his two deep balls to Kenny Britt. Both times, Britt completely burnt his man, and both times Hill underthrew him. Britt came down with the second bomb for a 41 yard gain, but the ball was again underthrown poorly. Hill's first half TD was thrown to a wide open Jared Cook right down the middle of the field. But Hill was sacked 3 times in the first half, threw it behind Cook on a drive late in the 2nd, and the Rams were frustrated with their first half production after moving the ball pretty well for the majority of the half. Of course, the Rams were hurt more by their kicker, as the kicker missed two easy field goals and a first-half extra point. Hill's best moments of the second half came on a late 3rd quarter drive. First he hit Stedman Bailey across the middle, and watched as Bailey sliced through the defense and got down to the 1 yardline. Then Hill ran the playaction, and hit Jared Cook in the back of the endzone with absolutely no one around him for another TD. After his 3rd quarter TD, Hill never threw another pass in the game. The Rams got a punt return TD, and Hill spent the entire rest of the game handing off. Overall, Hill got the job done as he didn't turn the ball over, and let his playmakers make plays. He's certainly not a dynamic QB, but he is a savvy vet and doesn't make many mistakes. It's a shame the Rams didn't play him throughout the first few months of the year because they've looked really good since they've gotten some solid, consistent QB play over the last few weeks.
2014 Week 15 vs ARI (20 / 39 / 229 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Hill was flat out awful in this game. This year, he's been solid, but that all ended against Arizona. Things started well on the first drive, when Hill drove St. Louis down to the redzone. A screen to Cunningham and a throw over the middle to Harkey were the two big plays. But after that, the game pretty much fell apart. It wasn't all Hill's fault, as Mason fumbled the ball on the first play of the 2nd drive. Then on the third drive, Britt bailed Hill out on a very high throw that Britt caught for 22 yards, but then an offensive pass interference on Britt basically ended that drive. But from the end of that drive to the mid-point of the 4th quarter, the Cardinals began rushing Hill, and Hill couldn't get anything done. His throws were off and he seemed completely out of sync on any intermediate to long passes. Even in the later stages of the game when the Rams made a mild attempt at a comeback, Hill's biggest play was a 38 yard bomb to Stedman Bailey that could easily be described as one of the worst deep balls that have been thrown all year. It wobbled, hung in the air (of a dome), and was about 15 yards short of where it needed to be. Fortunately for Hill, Bailey reacted quickly, came back to the ball and made a big play on it. The book on Hill may be out now. Exploit the offensive line, rush him heavily and don't worry about the back end. Hill has no problems throwing it deep, but he's not been effective at all. His passes are way off. At times they flutter and die, and then at other times he sails them 5 yards over the receivers. Hill also wasn't great at protecting the ball, as he threw one int, and threw a high ball to Stedman Bailey that was tipped and almost intercepted on another pass. The Rams have talent that has been wasted for two straight years, due to poor QB play. Upgrading their QB situation has to be priority number 1 on a team that is starting to play very well at most of the other positions.
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