Who will be the starting QB?

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Who has the job on opening day?

Poll ended at Mon 07.28.2008, 23:42

Alex Smith
3
50%
Shaun Hill
3
50%
J.T. O'Sullivan
0
No votes
Someone else
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 6
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That says it all.
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I say Alex Smith gets one more shot at it. They have too much invested in the #1 pick from a few years ago to give up on him now IMO.
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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/17/SPD011AJOL.DTL

The person who will cast the key vote in one of this year's most hotly contested elections says he's undecided. And if any candidate is ahead in his mind at this early juncture, he's not saying.

Coach Mike Nolan, whose job very well might depend on whom he chooses as the 49ers' No. 1 quarterback, said he's seeing Alex Smith "do things that I haven't seen him do before, in practice or in games."

An example is that, during the team's voluntary workouts, he's getting the ball to receivers more quickly in blitz situations rather relying on his protection to save the play.

"Alex is very athletic," Nolan said. "He probably has the strongest arm of all the guys. He's really intelligent. Now he's got to go in there and put in four quarters and move the ball consistently and make plays he should make."

Given Smith's physical advantages, is it fair to say he has an edge at this point?

"I wouldn't go there right now," Nolan said. "For one, I don't have to go there."

Challenger Shaun Hill tends to play better in games than he shows in practice, Nolan said. "Shaun's been OK in practice, but he's that type of player."

To which, Hill said, "I'm not sure that's a good thing when you're trying to win a job on the practice field."

The other challenger, newcomer J.T. O'Sullivan, hasn't been given many chances to run the team in the no-pads workouts, in which contact is limited and the offense has a decided advantage over the defense.

O'Sullivan, however, is in the mix as well, Nolan said. "He's probably as competitive as anybody we've had around here. He knows the offense. He has an advantage from a knowledge standpoint because he's been in it a year already (in Detroit last season)."

Nolan likes O'Sullivan's spirit, especially when he's getting on a teammate to perform a play correctly. "Every time he's in there, if the play is not exactly right, you can see he wants it exactly right." On the other hand, the coach said, "I know the least about him."

Before training camp opens July 24, Nolan, offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterbacks coach Ted Tollner will have to decide how they want to apportion each quarterback's time with the first unit during the workouts.

Nolan said they'll need to do that to lend some "continuity and consistency, not just for the quarterbacks but the guys who are listening to the cadence. ... If they're getting a different quarterback all the time, it's hard for them as well."

He cautioned against reading too much into who takes the most snaps with the first unit, however. The job will go to the player who performs the best at practices and in the preseason games.

Call it spin or rationalization, but the coach insisted he's comfortable going into training camp for the first time with an unsettled quarterback situation.

He admitted he previously might have been living in "la-la-land" in believing that, in Smith, he had a settled situation. He thinks any of the three players could win a game. "I like our situation better now than any time I've been here," he said.

As the quarterbacks struggle to impress the coaches, they're doing it while learning the complicated Martz offense. Smith said the "gunslinger" image of the Martz passing game is off base.

"It's the opposite of going out there and just making something happen," he said. "It's very structured."
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Well, so much for getting any answers from the homer forum...

Saw this this morning and did a WT_F!?!

O'Sullivan unimpressive in preseason start

O'Sullivan completed 5-of-8 passes for 71 yards and a pick as a starter in the 49ers' preseason opener Friday night.
This isn't what he needed. O'Sullivan led the offense to zero points in nearly a quarter and a half and lost a fumble at the end of a scramble. Alex Smith wasn't tons better, but O'Sullivan's grip on the starting job is very soft. Aug. 8 - 11:47 pm et

Granted it said "grip on the starting job is very soft", but I never knew he had a grip to begin with.

And then y'all got Smith and Hill at 50/50... :?
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Here's Smith's line from last night just for schitzengigglez...

Rotoworld wrote:Alex Smith completed 5-of-9 passes for 51 yards in the 49ers' first preseason game Friday night.
Smith made some bad throws and is uncomfortable in the new offense.
The positive to take from his performance is that Smith led the Niners to three points,
whereas J.T. O'Sullivan produced none. Shaun Hill showed a weak arm and
was picked by Hiram Eugene on his first drive.
The battle remains undecided.
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So is it me, or is there no competition going on here? You've got O'Sullivan sucking it up in the first half, and a split of the next two with the second and third teams. How is this a competition?
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JTO was all over the place vs the Pack but still came out ahead:

J.T. O'Sullivan: 8 of 17 for 154 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (passer rating of 74.1)

Alex Smith: 5 of 12 for 62 yards (passer rating of 58.3)

Shaun Hill: 2 of 5 for 21 yards (passer rating of 52.9)



This QB battle makes me sad :(

At this point, looks like JTO will get the nod. If he doesn't, Smith is in a poor situation losing reps and rapport with the WRs in the new system.

I wish the team would name someone and move forward.
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Thing is, I'm not seeing a battle. Hill has gotten a particularly bad deal in this. He's the only one who's been productive for the team, and he hasn't even gotten a shot. They bring in this career backup and give him the job. If they would've gone out and gotten someone with starting experience and given him the job, fine, but how do you immediately put the least experienced guy at the top of the depth chart?!
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According to me, Alex Smith because he is athletic and also he has the strongest arm of all the guys.
By noticing Alex’s physical advantages it is fair to say that he deserve to win a job.
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