The verdict is in. Mike Singletary told Shaun Hill this afternoon that he would be the starting quarterback for the team's next game, which is a Monday night affair Nov. 10 in Arizona. "We're going to go in that direction," Singletary said before getting in his car and leaving for the day. "We just felt like right now Shaun gave us the best chance of winning. ... It's just a good decision all around right now."
Hill started two games -- both wins -- last year in relief of Trent Dilfer. He also had two of the longest drives of the season for the 49ers yesterday, one that stretched 14 plays and another that went 15 plays. Singletary stressed the importance of game management before Sunday's game, and it seems as if Hill, not J.T. O'Sullivan, is stronger in that regard. O'Sullivan has thrown 11 interceptions this season, including one Sunday that was returned for a 75-yard touchdown.
"J.T. just needs to take a little time and gather himself," Singletary said. "And it's a long season. ... We may need to use both of them before it's over."
Singletary said there were no hard feelings from Mike Martz, who picked O'Sullivan as the winner in a three-way quarterback competition this summer and who as recently as Thursday was resolute in sticking with O'Sullivan.
"He was good," Singletary said of Martz. "I told you guys before we would come up with a decision we both agree with."
-- Matt Barrows