With the sudden injury departure of Sam Bradford there has been a lot of conversation regarding who the next Rams QB should be. The Rams picked up veteran bench QB Shaun Hill during the offseason who is now slated to be the Rams 2014 starter, but many are tossing out possible acquisition names such as Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. It’s easy to like (or to hate) either one of the latter players because they were both media darlings at one time, but this is not American Idol; it’s pro football. How I ‘feel’ about players is secondary to what they can do on the field. So, let’s take a general look at all three.
- Played 2 years of Jr College football and then transferred to the University of Maryland. Hill played in the Orange Bowl, but had little college notoriety
- Shaun went undrafted in 2002, but was picked up by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent. He saw no playing time in 2002
- In 2003 Hill played QB in NFL Europe and had a strong season
- In 2006 he signed with SF 49ers as 3rd string QB
- Saw first real playing time in 2007 replacing the injured Trent Dilfer
- Hill doesn’t have a lot of on the field experience
- Didn’t start for 49ers in 2008 until game 10
- Started 2009 season, but benched week 7, traded to Detroit in 2010
- Hill has had a few sidelining injuries
- 61.9 career pass completion %
- Big name college player out of USC
- Signed by NY Jets in 2009 Draft and was given large rookie contract (sound familiar?)
- Sanchez has some good post season victories
- Mark is not a good passer
- Sanchez has had a few sidelining injuries
- Released by Jets 3/14 and picked up by the Eagles
- Sanchez has engineered ten fourth quarter comebacks and twelve game winning drives
- Analyst and former QB Jaworski commented that Sanchez had lost his confidence which contributed to his decline
- 55.1 career pass completion %
- 2 time BCS Football Champion, holds 5 NCAA records, and is the 2008 Heisman Trophy Winner
- Tebow was drafted 25th overall in 2010 by the Broncos
- Tebow saw little action in 2010, but took the reins mid season 2011
- Tim engineered multiple miraculous comeback victories
- He does not have a lot of on the field experience
- Tim, like Mark Sanchez has some solid playoff experience
- In 2011 Tebow held ownership to the lowest passing completion rate in the NFL
- Traded to NY Jets in 2012 were he struggled to fit in. Tim was briefly signed by the Patriots in 2013, but then released.
- 47.9 career pass completion %
Now, is it just me…? Or is there no one on this list that really stands out as someone you’d want to lead your team as its QB? Sanchez and Tebow have both done a few good things in the NFL, but neither is a good passer and neither has ever been able to earn the confidence of their coaches (or fans) as a long term solution for the QB position. I’m not saying Hill is the greatest, but of the 3 he’d probably be on the top of my list.
(Personally, I’d like to get a shot at veteran and Pro Bowler Hasselbeck, but I don’t think the Colts will be giving him up any time soon.)
So let’s see what Shaun Hill can do. Go Rams!!!