QB Shaun Hill - Free Agent
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2016 Week 1 vs TEN (18 / 33 / 236 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
We saw why the Vikings went out and sold their souls for Sam Bradford on Sunday, as Shaun Hill certainly didn't scare the Tennessee Titans defense one bit. That meant that the run game was stymied which made it harder for the offense to move the ball. It's not that Hill was bad, because he wasn't. Hill lacks velocity on his throws and didn't seem to be able to stretch the field much either. Multiple times, Hill threw the ball at a defender and was lucky none of them went the other way. The first was on a 3rd and 5 early in the first quarter. The pass was meant for Stefan Diggs, but was thrown inside where the defender was. Another was late in the second quarter when he threw a ball down the middle where there was no receiver, and luckily the ball sailed over the defender as well. Hill didn't do horribly, but he didn't really make a case for himself as a long-term answer.
2016 Week 13 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hill came in for two plays to finish the second quarter when Sam Bradford was forced out after a hit. Hill completed one pass and took a sack.
2016 Week 17 vs CHI (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hill came in late when the game was completely out of hand and took control for the last two series of the game.
2015 Week 9 vs LA (2 / 6 / 15 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Blame the fact that he came in cold during the early moments of the fourth quarter, but Shaun Hill looked really out of sorts. He had problems with accuracy, didn't seem to be on the same page as his receivers and struggled with reading the defense or reacting to what they were doing. If Bridgewater doesn't get cleared in concussion protocol in time for the game against Oakland on Sunday, Hill should perform better as he would have a week's worth of first-team snaps.
2015 Week 11 vs GB (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hill came in briefly when Teddy Bridgewater left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and nearly got the team a first down, but Stefon Diggs was unable to hang onto the ball.
2015 Week 16 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
Hill came in to kneel down and hand the ball off and make sure Teddy Bridgewater didn't get hurt by a cheap shot.
2014 Week 1 vs MIN (8 / 13 / 81 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The nightmare season continues for St. Louis. Shaun Hill entered the game as the starting QB. Playing behind a patchwork line that did NOT include number 2 pick Greg Robinson, Hill had his work cut out for him. Minnesota won the battle up front all day long, leaving the STL qb's with minimal time to throw. Likely the story in St. Louis will be a lot of moaning and groaning about the QB. But the issues with this team go far deeper than QB. Hill was under pressure from the start. On the first possession he had to throw it away on 3rd down due to heavy pressure. On the 2nd drive, Stacy dropped a screen pass, and then Fisher chose to kick a long field goal instead of try for a 4th and 1. Then the Rams got goofy and lined up Tavon Austin at running back, which didn't do anyone any favors. False starts, offensive pass interference penalties and miscommunications led to a horrible start for St. Louis. Despite this, Hill wasn't doing terrible, as he was managing the game. But towards the end of the 2nd half, he made a horrible mistake that led to a Minnesota touchdown. Hill rolled right and threw a floater off his back foot while under pressure. A rookie mistake by the veteran led to an interception and really ended the game early. A calf injury was the reason given for Hill exciting the game at halftime, and he never saw the field in the 2nd half. If you for some reason desire having a St. Louis QB on your team, follow the news closely over the next few days to see if the injury is minor. For now, it's likely Hill will be back in there next Sunday.
2014 Week 11 vs DEN (20 / 29 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill finally got a chance to start a game for St. Louis. After 2 months of letting young Austin Davis take the reins, Jeff Fisher handed the keys over to the veteran. Going against the Broncos, things were setup for Hill to throw the ball a lot. But the Rams surprisingly shut down the Broncos, Jeff Fisher ran a very conservative clock-killing gameplan, and Shaun Hill converted a few deep balls to give the Rams a shocking victory over the Denver Broncos. The Rams have not had a good year, but they've managed to beat both super bowl teams from a year ago, which has to be frustrating to their fans. Hill was very efficient, but also made some big throws early. He started things off with a nice drive deep into Broncos territory that ended in a field goal. Later on the Rams 3rd possession, Hill just fired the ball deep downfield to Kenny Britt, who beat his cornerback, ran under the ball and ran 63 yards for the TD. Hill did a great job of getting the ball far enough downfield that the WR didn't have to break momentum or wait for the ball. This let Britt run under it, make the catch and run for the TD. Hill came out firing again on the next drive, hitting Bailey across the middle for a big first, then throwing an accurate strike to Kenny Britt for 21 yards on a crossing route. Overall, Hill was very efficient in the first half, the Rams had good balance, and Kenny Britt was running wild. In the 2nd half, the Rams had a solid lead, and Fisher and the Rams ran clock and played ball control. Tre Mason ended up with 29 carries, and Shaun Hill didn't get a lot of throws. But he did convert a number of key third downs, helped move the chains and played turnover-free football. Hill wasn't asked to do much in this game, but when he did go downfield, he had success.
2014 Week 12 vs SD (18 / 35 / 198 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill did what most backups do. He had some good plays and some really bad plays. Penalties were not kind to the Rams. 2 Shaun Hill TD's were wiped out by penalties on the OL. But it's Hill's turnovers that were the difference in the game. Hill got things started with an ugly INT early on in a pass intended for Jared Cook. Hill never saw the defender and the INT ended the first drive. Later on in the half Hill was sacked, fumbled the ball and San Diego scored a TD on the fumble. Hill finally got a TD late in the fourth when he threw a fade route to Stedman Bailey for a short TD. Overall, Hill did a decent job of moving the ball downfield against the Chargers defense. Hill likes to go downfield, and connected twice with Kenny Britt on deep balls, one of which didn't end up counting due to a facemask penalty on a lineman. But Hill's final pass was the worst of the day, and ended the Rams day. On the 4, Hill never saw Gilchrist, and threw into double coverage. Britt was covered well by his primary defender, but Gilchrist dropped back and intercepted the pass.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs NYG (24 / 32 / 290 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill played about as well as Jeff Fisher could have hoped for. He didn't make any egregious mistakes, survived some intense pressure early, and made a few big plays. The real problem for St. Louis is that they got behind early, and never could catch up. Every time the Rams scored, the Giants answered, as the Rams defense was putrid. The gameplan was conservative early, as the Rams tried to get the ball to Tre Mason. But a Benny Cunningham fumble on a punt return turned the game around. Then when the Rams got the ball, Hill threw a screen to Tavon Austin. Austin let the ball hit him right in his hands and pop into the air, where it was intercepted. Quickly, the Giants got out in front, and it was all Hill could do to keep the Rams somewhat close. But as he has for much of the year, he played solid, worked the ball around to the open man, and made the most of what was an extended garbage time session. For most of the second half, it felt as if the game was over. Hill's final TD was a 47 yard bomb to Chris Givens, who had no defenders anywhere around him. It looked like the Giants thought the game was over, but Hill continued to move the ball and tried his best to keep St. Louis in the game.
2014 Week 17 vs SEA (26 / 37 / 243 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill had a rough outing against a fired-up Seahawks defense. Going on the road in Seattle was always going to be a tough spot for Hill. The offense could never get going and kept applying pressure to Hill. In the first half, Hill couldn't lead the Rams on any drives of significance. In the 2nd half, Hill began pressing and threw two awful int's. His first INT came on a play where he was just trying to throw the ball into the ground. Somehow the Seahawks defensive lineman dove right to the spot Hill threw it and made a great INT. On his 2nd interception ,the ball was thrown to Lance Kendricks. Kendricks could have possibly made the catch but Wagner hit him hard as he was trying to corral the ball, and the ball popped into the air and into the hands of Bruce Irvin who returned it for a TD. Despite those huge errors and a blistering pass rush, Hill picked himself up off of the floor and led the Rams on a long drive that almost culminated in a TD late in the 4th quarter. Cook dropped a pretty good pass in the endzone, and the Rams threat was over. All in all, 2014 was about what you would expect from Hill. He's a very solid backup QB that just isn't good enough over the course of a season as a starter. Hill will likely return to his role as a backup in 2015.
2012 Week 3 vs TEN (10 / 13 / 172 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill came in to relieve the hampered Stafford, and more than filled in. On Hill's first drive, while down by 14 points and 1 minute left, Hill quickly led the Detroit offense down the field and threw a perfectly placed slant to Calvin Johnson. Hill smartly targeted Megatron multiple times during the Lions comeback. On the final play of regulation, with seemingly no hope for a win, Hill heaved a desperation-"Hail Mary" pass towards the end zone. The ball was batted by a Titans linebacker and squarely landed in the arms of Titus Young. This resulted in a tie game, and sent the teams to overtime. Being the starting quarterback for numerous years in San Francisco, it's no surprise that Hill was effective, and is more than capable should Stafford miss significant time.
2011 Week 2 vs KC (1 / 1 / 28 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Took over for Stafford late and helped lead the team to another touchdown drive to make it 48-3!
2011 Week 8 vs DEN (1 / 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill was prepared to start this game if Stafford was not ready go. With at 38-3 lead going into the 4th quarter, Detroit let Stafford sit out the final 15 minutes of the game, rather than risk additional injury before the bye week. Hill came in and basically handed the ball off, trying to keep the clock running.
2010 Week 1 vs CHI (9 / 19 / 88 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
Hill started the second half of the game because of the injury to Stafford. He suffered from terrible field position for most of the game, but the offense was clearly out of sync with him at the helm. Several passes from Hill were dropped by the target, and he was unable to get the offense moving for most of the second half. Until the final drive, they had only one first down. Calvin Johnson was his favorite target, and Hill's interception came on his third consecutive throw to Megatron. The pass was a sideline timing pass, but Johnson fell down and Tillman was there to make the easy interception. On the final drive of the game, Hill was finally able to get the offense moving, and hit Johnson for what looked like a game winning TD with 30 seconds to go. The call was correctly ruled an incomplete though, and Hill took two more shots at Johnson before turning the ball over on downs and ending the game. If Stafford is really out for the next month, Hill would be the starting QB for Detroit.
2010 Week 2 vs PHI (25 / 45 / 335 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
In what was likely the most surprising performance of the week, Shaun Hill did his best to help the Lions fans forget about the Matthew Stafford injury with 335 yards passing and a 55.6% completion percentage. Although he did throw two picks (including one on the Lions very first drive), Hill not only proved that he's a serviceable quarterback, but he also proved that he can drive the offense down the field and score when he needs to as evidenced by two drives in the fourth quarter which went for touchdowns. In those two drives alone, Hill went 10-12 for 143 yards and one touchdown. He also tossed a 14 yard strike to Calvin Johnson for a successful two-point conversion on the Lions last touchdown of the game. Besides Megatron being an obvious favorite receiver, Hill seemed to also look for tight end Brandon Pettigrew often throughout the game (he had 8 targets - second most on the day behind CJ). It seems to have been forgotten that Hill came into the game with a record of 10-5 as a starting quarterback, and although he fell just shy of a victory in his Lions debut, he did prove that he's the real deal and has what it takes to succeed in the NFL as a starting quarterback. With so many weapons on offense, Hill is the real deal and may end up being one of the annual key sleeper pickups of the 2010 fantasy season.
2010 Week 3 vs MIN (29 / 43 / 237 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill struggled this week, and the Lions had another tough loss, despite getting out to an early lead. Hill was unable to move the offense in the first quarter, and their only 3rd down conversion was the TD pass to Tony Scheffler after the turnover. On the next series, Hill was able to move the team a bit, converting a third and short with a nice QB sneak and hitting Calvin Johnson on a nice deep pass where Megatron was able to use his physical skills to get the ball from the smaller Minnesota defenders. However, the play ended in a missed field goal and Hill reverted back to his short check-down type passes to the TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler after that. It wasn't until the final five minutes of the game, with the Lions down by 14, that Hill seemed to come alive and find his groove. Unfortunately both drives ended in interceptions in the end zone due to bad passes from Hill. On the first, Maurice Morris lined up on the outside and came over the middle. Hill tried to force into triple coverage and it was picked off. On the next series, with time winding down, Hill tried to hit Tony Scheffler over the middle for a second TD. But the ball was thrown about a half second too early and the ball skipped off of Scheffler's hands for an interception to end the game.
2010 Week 4 vs GB (34 / 54 / 331 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 53 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill had his best game for the Lions this season and really kept his team in the game despite being down early. The Lions were one of the worst team for converting third downs coming into the game, but Hill put together several long, sustained drives and helped the Lions dominate Green Bay in total offense and time of possession. In the end, it was a few costly mistakes and a ton of penalty yards that ultimately cost Detroit the game. For his part, Hill did a great job, throwing for more than 330 yards and even led the team in rushing thanks to a great broken play late in the third quarter. Hill dropped back, but the pocket collapsed. He scrambled into the open field and saw a ton of daylight in front of him. He took off down the field and rumbled for a big 40 yard gain that set up one of Hanson's field goals. Both of his TD passes were to Calvin Johnson - one where the defense broke down and Johnson was wide open in the end zone and the other was a 'jump ball' where Hill threw it high enough where Johnson was able to use his size and leaping ability to come down with the TD. His first interception was not his fault, as he was trying to hit Jahvid Best on a crossing route but Best fell down right as Hill released the ball. Perhaps his biggest mistake came late in the fourth quarter when the Lions were looking to take the lead. They drove the ball down to the Green Bay six and after a protection breakdown, Hill rolled out into the flat. He had daylight in front of him, and he might have been able to run for the score, but instead he tried to force the ball into Bryant Johnson and it was broken up. The Lions had to settle for another field goal, and eventually lost the game by two poi
2010 Week 5 vs STL (21 / 32 / 227 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill just keeps producing for this football team week in and week out. Despite a slow start from the veteran, including a pass that he simply threw up for grabs that should have been picked off, Hill recovered well. At the start of the 2nd quarter, Hill hit Nate Burleson for a nice 14 yard completion down the sideline, putting the ball right where it needed to be. Hill knew that in order to be effective on offense, he had to feed Calvin Johnson early and often. He did just that. After a near touchdown catch, Hill went back to Johnson on a nicely thrown fade pattern for a touchdown later in the same drive. Hill played smart football for the rest of the game, taking what the defense was giving him. He was impressive when he got outside the pocket too, and made some nice throws rolling to his right. Hill may not throw the prettiest pass in the NFL, but he gets the job done.
2010 Week 6 vs NYG (9 / 15 / 91 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hill spent most of his time in game under intense pressure. And seemed pretty wild because of it. He did have a very nice pass to Nate Burleson for a touchdown. On the play Hill did an excellent job of getting the ball to Burleson, putting it where only the Lions wide receiver could get it - just above the leaping hands of the Giants defender. However, Hill was forced to leave the game during the second quarter with a hand injury which Xrays revealed was a broken left forearm.
2010 Week 10 vs BUF (29 / 50 / 323 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Most importantly for Hill owners and really owners of any Lions offensive player, the QB finished the game without aggravating his forearm injury. With Hill at QB, the Lions pass offense becomes a dink-and-dunk attack, albeit one that can be effective. Hill was under pressure early and the Lions committed a slew of offensive penalties, stalling out the offense with tough down-and-distance scenarios. Hill was making quick reads and throws, and moving well when nothing was there initially. He did have one quick throw tipped and picked, and another jumpball to Calvin Johnson in the end zone almost picked, but otherwise Hill was very safe with the ball. The Lions fell behind by 11 in the second half, leading to a pass-heavy offense for the remainder of the game, and Hill was successful in getting the Lions to the brink of a comeback that forced overtime. On the way to the late TD that pulled the Lions within two points, Hill stopped throwing exclusively within five or ten yards of the line of scrimmage and started challenging the Bills more downfield, culminating in the 20-yard TD throw to Calvin Johnson on 4th-and-2. Hill's typical calm demeanor gave way to a terrible decision on the pivotal two-point conversion attempt, when Hill just threw the ball out of the back of the end zone when nothing came open instead of throwing into coverage to try to make something happen. Hill favored Johnson most down the stretch, but secondary receivers like Nate Burleson and both TEs (Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler) were also involved, as were Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith as receivers out of the backfield. Hill should continue to be a high-end backup fantasy QB who keeps the Lions offense viable as long as he stays healthy.
2010 Week 11 vs DAL (32 / 47 / 289 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hill was extremely effective against the Cowboys in completing 66% of his passes and accounting for two touchdowns. His best pass came on a well thrown deep ball to Nate Burleson. However, Hill is lacking accuracy on his passes to the outside which is affecting Calvin Johnson more than his other receivers. Hill's passes between the hashmarks are well timed and show excellent touch. The Lions offensive line is also giving him ample time to throw. Shaun Hill appears to have a firm command of the offense and correctly recognizes when to break off his reads and find the outlet receiver when under duress. On multiple occasions, Hill noticed that that the Dallas outside linebacker had picked up Brandon Pettigrew off the line of scrimmage. On these occasions, he recognized that the flat would be open for Maurice Morris or Jahvid Best and dumped the ball off for a modest gain. After years of poor quarterback play in Detroit, it would appear that the Lions now have two capable passers on their roster.
2010 Week 12 vs NE (27 / 46 / 285 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill had another solid game at quarterback for Detroit, completing over half of his 46 attempts for 285 yards and a score, but Hill fell short in his effort to match Tom Brady's big day. Hill threw two costly interceptions on Thanksgiving which was enough of a difference on the day for the Patriots to ultimately pull away from the Lions. Hill showed good mobility as a rusher (4-23 rushing) and within the pocket as he often bought an extra second or two for his receivers to get open, and when they did not he showed good effort when tucking the ball and running it himself. The only touchdown of the game came on an underthrown ball to WR Calvin Johnson who adjusted back to it and reeled in the six-pointer. Hill should have had another TD pass but WR Derrick Williams let a perfect eight-yard pass go right through his hands.
2010 Week 16 vs MIA (14 / 26 / 222 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Hill had an average day, but ultimately led his team to victory after coming back from a broken finger on his throwing hand. He spent the last two weeks learning how to grip and throw the ball with a broken finger, and it showed in his ability to make the tough throws when he needed them. Hill finished with just 14 completions, but several of them were for big gains and he kept the Lions in a game that could have gotten out of hand. His TD pass to Pettigrew was a great play action fake where the LBS bit and came up to get to Best, leaving Pettigrew alone in the end zone. Best came up with the other TD reception on a short check down over the middle where Best took the pass, turned on the after burners and blew by everyone for a big 53 yard score. He had a couple poor passes that could have been picked off, but ultimately finished the game with no interceptions. He could lead the Lions to a big win over Minnesota and finish the season on a four game win streak.
2010 Week 17 vs MIN (28 / 39 / 258 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill was clearly bothered by his broken finger, and his passes looked even more awkward and off-target than they normally do. Without Calvin Johnson to target deep, Hill focused on the short and medium passing routes, keeping the chains moving and keeping the Lions ahead of the clock and the Vikings for the entire game. He opened the game leading the Lions on an 11 play, 75 yard drive, bringing them all the way down to the one yard line. He hit Tony Scheffler on a short crossing route and when Scheffler was stretching to get the ball into the end zone, it was knocked away and recovered by Minnesota for a touchback. However, Hill never faultered, and continued to keep his team focused, leading them to a 10-0 lead at the half. They added three more on the opening drive of the third quarter but on their next possession, Hill tried to force the ball into Brandon Pettigrew over the middle. Pettigrew was well covered and Jared Allen stepped in front of the ball for an easy 'pick six' for the Vikings. It was Minnesota's only TD though, and after leading the Lions on another 77 yard drive to start the fourth quarter, he had built up a 20-10 lead with under 10 minutes to play. Hill kept the Lions moving and the clock running, balancing runs with short and intermediate passes to help the Lions close out the season with a four game win streak.
2009 Week 1 vs ARI (18 / 31 / 209 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hill was under pressure for most of the day, and he made his share of throws that he would want back, but when he had to move the offense down the field in the fourth quarter, he did. It's very clear how Hill has gotten such a good W-L record with limited skills. Speaking of those limited skills, he hit Isaac Bruce in stride for a 50-yarder, dispelling notions that he has no deep arm. He did give up one fumble that would have been returned for a TD if it hadn't been blown dead, but considering the pressure he was under all day, he did great to limit his turnovers to only one on the day.
2009 Week 2 vs SEA (19 / 26 / 144 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Hill was efficient in the 49ers victory but did not throw a touchdown pass. The San Francisco offense appears to run through Frank Gore more then through the passing game. Hill completed 19 of 26 passes for a very efficient 144 yards. His low yards per attempt was more of a result of the success of the run game and the fact that they will rely on his passing more for short, drive-extending tosses instead of deeper, game-breaking throws. Hill appears locked in as the 49ers starting quarterback after a strong start where he has limited turnovers and kept drives alive.
2009 Week 3 vs MIN (15 / 25 / 195 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill opened the game with the ball being knocked out of his hands and resulting in a sack and a fumble. He spent the rest of the game trying to recover and keep the 49ers in a position to win the game. His go-to guy was Vernon Davis, going to him for Medium and long range passes. While Hill managed the offense well, and kept the 49ers in the game the whole time, he never really appeared to be in control of the game. He was never able to convert on 3rd downs (0-11), and threw several bad passes, including the interception where the receiver fell down leaving the defender all alone to make the pick. On the second TD pass to Davis, Hill made an excellent strike - threading the needle between three defenders to take the lead with only 8 minutes to go. He was clearly out of sync without Gore running the ball and never really established a consistent rhythm for the offense. Fantasy wise, he had a solid game but you would not have thought so if you watched the game.
2009 Week 4 vs STL (14 / 24 / 152 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Hill's numbers look a lot better on paper than they did in three dimensions against the Rams in Week 4. His first touchdown pass was a short fade down the middle of the field to TE Vernon Davis running a seam pattern, which looked way better than his deeper touchdown to Josh Morgan. Morgan's touchdown catch fluttered for what seemed like forever towards him, barely eluding two Rams as he caught the ball in the back right of the end zone for the score. Hill is an effective passer and leader of the offense - putting up good enough efforts to help his team win most of the time. In his defense, he did throw a nice deep pass towards Josh Morgan in the second quarter that should have gone for a highlight reel 44-yard touchdown. He is a viable fantasy spot starter and a winning NFL QB who has a secure starting job and would be a nice bye week fill-in or backup fantasy quarterback.
2009 Week 5 vs ATL (15 / 38 / 198 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 53 / 0 rush)
Hill never seemed to get comfortable in this game. He faced a lot of pressure from the first drive to the last, and looked antsy in the pocket on most dropbacks. The 49ers tried a lot of quick timing throws, but Hill's rhythm was off because of defenders in his face, and sometimes he didn't seem to be on the same page as his receivers. Hill did show good instincts to pull the ball down and run when nothing was there and he got flushed from the pocket, ripping off some good gains. The coaching staff also trusted him enough to call a pass on an early 4th and 1, and Hill made the play. His interception came off a Mike Peterson deflection, but the pass wasn't going to be a completion even if Peterson hadn't gotten a hand on it. Hill's throwing mechanics got sloppier as the game went on, and his deep balls weren't even close to being completions. He was a competitive gamer, but it was clear that he didn't have the ability to get the 49ers back in this game.
2009 Week 7 vs HOU (6 / 11 / 45 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill had an awful game on Sunday against Houston. Hill's reputation so far this season has been as a game-manager who minimizes mistakes and takes very few downfield chances. Unfortunately, that style put the 49ers in a 21 point hole early on and only produced 50 yards of total offense. Hill did not try to throw the ball downfield in to coverage and finished the day with a roughly 4-yards-per-attempt average, which simply isn't good enough in the NFL. Hill looked tentative in making decisions despite the fact that he was getting a good amount of time in the pocket. The Texans linebackers were disguising their blitzes well enough that Hill was having a hard time keying in on where the "hot" route was compared to the pass-rush. And as the San Francisco running game failed to produce in the first half, Hill was left with little choice but to take the snap and settle for an underneath pass that resulted in little positive gain. Hill was replaced at halftime by former #1 Overall pick Alex Smith, who performed admirably in Hill's absence.
2008 Week 8 vs SEA (15 / 23 / 173 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)
QB Shaun Hill relieved QB J.T. O'Sullivan for the final possession of the first half following O'Sullivan's second turnover of the game. Hill played reasonably well for his first appearance of the season, even leading the team on a late scoring drive which culminated in a touchdown pass to WR Jason Hill in the back of the end zone. Hill did not turn the ball over, which for an entire half is pretty good for the 49ers, but he did have the ball knocked out of his hand but the team recovered. Hill also managed 20 yards on the ground and looked good scrambling for first downs.
2008 Week 10 vs ARI (19 / 40 / 217 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Hill started the game off extremely well and it looked like he was going to continue his success. However, in the second half he forced a couple of balls in that got intercepted, including two that were returned for touchdowns but called back for encroachment penalties. He likely noticed the encroachment and tried to make something happen, but failed. He was very good at moving around the pocket and showed great heart out there - particularly on a run where he fought through three defenders for three extra yards to get a first down while losing his helmet.
2008 Week 11 vs STL (15 / 20 / 213 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 1 rush)
Hill was sacked two times (not a bad game for a 49ers QB), and he kept his cool, showed some elusiveness, and came up with a number of big plays. More importantly, he did not throw an INT or fumble the ball away. He didn't need to throw the ball much after the second quarter, but while the passing attack was still relevant, he did a good job spreading the ball around, keeping his top three WRs (Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson and Jason Hill) involved in the game. Johnson had a huge 42 yard catch, and RB Michael Robinson had a 36 yard reception that set up the 49ers with a first and goal from the one. Hill didn't scramble very often, but he scored a rushing TD on a quarterback draw.
2008 Week 12 vs DAL (21 / 33 / 303 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill had a good game statistically, throwing for over 300 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception. He generally made good decisions with the ball, as he was facing constant pressure from the Dallas defense. The coverage forced him to roll out or hurry his passes. He was able to take advantage of the soft coverage provided to his outside receivers by either hitting them on open shorter routes or on the occasional deep ball. Hill did show some of his inexperience by failing to lead the receivers on some passes when a perfect throw could have resulted in much more yardage. The inexperience showed on his lone interception where the defensive back played the ball well, but had the pass been thrown to a different area the result would have been a touchdown. His two touchdowns came late in the fourth quarter after the game was mostly in hand and Dallas was playing in a prevent style defense.
2008 Week 13 vs BUF (14 / 23 / 161 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shaun Hill continued his consistent play, as he completed 14 of 23 for 161 yards and one touchdown and zero interceptions. A second TD pass was called back on a penalty and he posted a QB rating of 96.5. In his previous three games Hill had thrown a total of six touchdowns with an average QB rating of 94.3.
2008 Week 14 vs NYJ (28 / 39 / 285 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Hill got into a rhythm early and for the most part retained it with his receivers. He threw several passes to a spot where his receivers should be, and most of the time, he and his receivers were on the same page. As a result of his accurate timing based passing, Hill's receivers were able to gain yards after the catch a lot of times. Hill showed a very good command of the offense, and usually made good decisions in terms of which of his receivers to throw to. While he did not attempt many deep passes, his accuracy on the short and intermediate passing enabled his receivers to gain yards after the catch most of the time, which helped his overall passing numbers.
2008 Week 15 vs MIA (30 / 46 / 233 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Hill's recent string of strong fantasy outings came to an end with this game. He moved the team well and positioned the team to be in scoring positions. However, Hill and the offense were not able to capitalize with anything other then field goals. Also of note, the winds were gusting at close to 20 MPH and this played a factor in the passing game. Hill did struggle with accuracy at times as he under threw or over threw receivers depending on which direction the wind was. Hill was under pressure all game and was dropped five times for Miami sacks. The rapport and timing with veteran receiver Isaac Bruce continued in this game. It is obvious that Bruce represents Hill's go to guy.
2008 Week 16 vs STL (18 / 34 / 216 / 2 / 3 pass, 4 / 45 / 0 rush)
Hill had a pretty rough game, but got the team the win. He battled through three interceptions to rally the Niners to a narrow victory. He was sacked four times and the interceptions were the result of poor decisions under pressure. In the fourth quarter, it appeared that he was nearly replaced, but in the end rewarded the coach's decision to stick with him by putting his mistakes and throwing two TD passes to lead his team to an improbable comeback win. Hill was also the team's leading rusher.
2008 Week 17 vs WAS (21 / 30 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 1 rush)
On the 49ers' first drive Hill ran the offense efficiently, completing all of his passes and then making the smart decision to abort a planned shovel pass and rush the ball in himself for a short touchdown. Even so, it was clear that San Francisco wanted to focus on the ground game and Hill's chances to succeed (or fail) were limited in the early going. Where Hill was successful in the first half was in the short to medium game as he seemed to hit his targets in those zones with regularity. Downfield was a different story, however. Early in the second quarter he made an ill-advised pass 20 yards downfield toward WR Josh Morgan who was surrounded by Washington DBs. One of them, Carlos Rogers, picked off the pass and returned it 33 yards. As the game moved to its second half - and in particular the fourth quarter, Hill dropped back much more often and generated some solid plays, including downfield. In the 49ers' first drive of the final quarter Hill was six of seven in passing attempts, and capped it off with a nine yard TD toss to WR Jason Hill. On the 49ers' final drive of the game Hill was just as impressive as he took his team down the field with roughly a minute remaining and set up the game-winning FG. Aside from the interception, Hill had a very good game.
2007 Week 14 vs MIN (22 / 28 / 181 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Hill replaced Dilfer at the start of the second half. Hill started the half off very well, leading the 49ers on a 12 play touchdown scoring drive. He made a nice throw to Arnaz Battle in the end zone, but that was the only scoring the 49ers could muster. For the remainder of the game, Hill accepted taking the underneath open receivers the Vikings allowed. Thus, Hill had a nice completion percentage, but did not get much anything going deep down the field to get the 49ers back into the game.
2007 Week 15 vs CIN (21 / 28 / 197 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 12 / 1 rush)
Hill got the start because back-up turned starter, Trent Dilfer, suffered a concussion in last week's game against Minnesota and was ruled out for this game. It was Hill's first start in the NFL, and he is coming off a nice performance last week where he went 22 of 27 for 181 yards and one touchdown in relief of Dilfer. Hill picked up where he left off last week, by completing 9 of his first 10 passes for 84 yards and scored on a three yard bootleg to the right side of the field. He looked good early as the 49ers ran short to intermediate routes very effectively against a suspect Cincinnati secondary. Hill's impressive first half continued as he hit TE Vernon Davis on 17 yard touchdown pass over the middle to cap off a 76 yard scoring drive late in the first half. He finished the first half 14 for 18 for 149 yards and two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing.) Hill and the passing game took a back seat to the 49ers rushing game in the third quarter as he led them to two field goals. He did not make any critical mistakes and gave San Francisco something they have not had all year, a balanced attack from the air and on the ground. Playing the Bengals defense also helped Hill this game as they did little to get pressure on him and the Cincinnati defensive backs struggled mightily to keep their guy covered.
2007 Week 16 vs TB (11 / 24 / 123 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / -1 / 0 rush)
Hill did not post huge numbers with just 123 passing yards, but came up with three big plays in the passing game, where he connected with WR Darrell Jackson, TE Vernon Davis and RB Frank Gore for touchdown scores to help seal the deal for the 49ers. Hill did throw an interception and completed just 11 of 24 pass attempts, but did just enough to help his team to victory.