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Ram Bytes: QB Shaun Hill Is A Smart Signing
Ram Bytes: QB Shaun Hill is a smart signing
2 hours ago Bernie Miklasz firstname.lastname@example.org
I really like the Rams' signing of Shaun Hill as their veteran backup quarterback for 2014. He's been one of the better No. 2 quarterbacks in the NFL since getting his first opportunity to start in a relief role for San Francisco in 2007. And he'll be reunited in St. Louis with Frank Cignetti, who was the QB coach with the ***** during Hill's time there.
We'll take a look at that in a moment, but first theres's one caveat: Hill hasn't played much football over the past three seasons. He hasn't started a regular-season game since 2010, and has been on the field for 44 snaps since 2011. Hill is 34, and is coming off foot surgery. So that's the only real question here. Does Hill still have his fastball? Are his skills intact?
If so, the Rams have themselves a fine No. 2.
Two sets of numbers for you:
1. Hill has a career 13-13 record as a starter. And as a starter he's completed 61.3 percent of his passes, with an average of 6.60 yards per attempt, 37 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and a passer rating of 84.3. For context, Rams' starting QB Sam Bradford has a career passer rating of 79.3. But it's also fair to say that Hill has worked with better receivers in his career: Vernon Davis, Isaac Bruce and Michael Crabtree in San Francisco; Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson in Detroit.
2. Hill's last busy season was 2010 in Dertroit when he started 10 games in place of the injured Matthew Stafford. And Hill scored very well that season in the advanced QB metrics presented by Pro Football Focus. He ranked fifth among NFL quarterbacks in adjusted passing accuracy (76.1 percent), 11th in deep-pass accuracy (40.4 percent), and was second to Tom Brady in passing accuracy under pressure. Hill had an adjusted accuracy rate of 70.1 under pressure in 2010; that's outstanding.
(Adjusted accuracy removes attempts that end in dropped passes, spikes, intentional throwaways, batted-down passes, and hit-while-throwing attempts for a truer gauge of a QB's real completion percentage.)
If the Rams have to call on Hill in 2014, they'll be happy if he can perform as calmly and as impressively as he did for the 2010 Lions. Detroit went 3-7 in Hill's starts that season, but that wasn't Hill's fault. The Lions averaged 23 points per game with Hill as the starter.
The only questions are Hill's health after the offseason surgery and his sharpness after such a long time between starts.
Earlier today I wrote this about the Rams' free-agent signing of defensive lineman Alex Carrington:
The Rams made a nice pickup in signing former Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Alex Carrington. If he's healthy, Carrington should be an effective member of the Rams' D-line rotation. Carrington generally played solidly in Buffalo, but Pro Football Focus rates him slightly below average against the run. (Nothing alarming, though.) But defensive line coach Mike Waufle has done a good job of making players better, and he'll be able to help Carrington. And the positive history of Rams' role players on the defensive front William Hayes, Eugene Sims bodes well for Carrington. Before suffering a torn quad early last season, Carrington averaged 422 snaps in the previous two seasons. That's in line with the number of snaps taken by Sims (396) and Hayes (354) last season...
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Re: Ram Bytes: QB Shaun Hill Is A Smart Signing
I like this signing as well...much more dynamic QB than Clemens.
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