by Adam Gretz
Back in training camp, the San Francisco 49ers made the rather curious decision to name J.T. O'Sullivan their starting quarterback despite the fact he had never really done anything in the NFL to warrant such a position. It raised a few eyebrows because they not only had a former No. 1 overall pick on the roster (Alex Smith), but also because Shaun Hill played well in his limited action a season ago. And while three games when the team had nothing to play for isn't exactly a large sampling of data to examine, it's still more than O'Sullivan had accomplished in his career.
Nonetheless, the 49ers gave the job to O'Sullivan, and for a couple of games, it looked like it wasn't going to completely backfire on them. Mike Martz was delirious in his praise of the journeyman signal-caller, while the team won two of its first three games. Then, all of a sudden, O'Sullivan started to play like a guy who had played for eight teams in six years, turning the ball over at an alarming rate, while the 49ers dropped five games in a row.
This, of course, led to O'Sullivan taking a seat on the bench, and Hill taking over under center.
Shaun Hill Proves It Should Have Been His Job From the Beginning originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 08 Dec 2008 13:25:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.