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May 1, 2009
QB tango continues ... but for how long?

They're not rookies, but both Shaun Hill and Alex Smith are attending the weekend minicamp. As Hill noted, it sets a good example from a leadership perspective and it's always good to revisit the offense even if it's mostly the same stuff that was installed in the April minicamp. Of course, you also don't want your competition to get a leg up.

In that vein, Smith was asked if there's a timetable on when the 49ers will have a definitive QB starter. One hasn't been set, Smith said. But he also didn't think it would be a good idea for the competition to drag into training camp and the preseason as it did a year ago. "I think the longer you carry it on, the more disadvantageous - is that a word, disadvantageous? - it is for both of us."

Having said that, a quicker decision would seem to favor Hill. He was the starter late last year, after all, and Smith's throwing arm is still not quite back to normal. "Yeah, no question," Smith said. "I've got to get back out there and push as hard as I can."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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