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June 9, 2009
Hill: QB in control in Jimmy Raye's offense

Shaun Hill looked good in practice today, especially when it was his turn to run the two-minute offense. He spoke to reporters afterward. Here are few selected quotes:

On whether he feels the reputation as a poor practice player is unfair:
"I don't care too much about it. I don't think about it. Whenever I am asked the question, I always think back to, well, I never would have made it in the NFL if I was a bad practice player. That was the only way I was ever able to prove myself and make teams. So, I personally don't buy into it too much."

On how important it is to show what he's got in practice:
"It's very important. Right now, this is the only place that we can show anything. There's no game for a few months, so this is the only place where we can show what we have. Obviously, practices are very important."

On whether it's hard not to look and see that Alex Smith is throwing the ball well:
"No. I like seeing him throw the ball well. He is. He's throwing it well. It's got a lot of zip on it right now, and his accuracy is coming back. He's looking good out there. I like what I see out there."

On why he likes what he sees in Alex Smith:
"Because he's a teammate. I like to see my teammates do well. He's a friend and all of those things. We are competing against each other, but we're also rooting for each other out there. I don't go out there wishing ill will on him, by any means. I like to see our offense go out there and execute. Obviously, he's a big part of that."

On what he thinks his intangibles are:
"I think intangibles as its defined are the uncoachable aspects of the position, the things that aren't measured. So, I think that's what they're talking about. Leadership and just being able to move the ball, move the offense and going out and winning, those are things I've always prided myself on. Obviously, I'm not the most gifted guy out there, not one of the most gifted guys at the position. So, intangibles are very, very important to me."

On when he goes out there for games, does he react differently than when he's in practice:
"No. I feel like I bring the same mentality to practice. The thing that's different is when you're in practice and you have two bad plays in a row, all of a sudden you're whole period looks bad. In a game, you have two bad plays in a row, third down you get a completion, now you're rolling. Now you're rolling. It's first-and-10. All of a sudden, those two plays are gone. You're driving, things like that. I think, more than anything, it's just continuing to go. I don't ever want to take my foot off the throttle. I think that's sometimes how I maybe get the illusion that I'm a bad practice player. There might be a couple of ugly things here and there, but in a game when you're out there playing, one good play makes up for those and you're driving. In practice situations, it's not always like that."

On the two-minute drill and whether that highlights his forte:
"I like to take a lot of pride in that and I always have. But, same thing, first and second down, might look completely ugly. Even third down might, but fourth down, you get a completion and a first down all of a sudden all of that stuff is erased, and you're moving. So, that's the mentality in two minute. Just keep going, keep going, keep going, and something good is going to happen. Obviously, we're having a few, as Jimmy [Raye] says 'self-inflicted wounds' that we have to clean up, but, for the most part, guys are doing a great job out there just hanging in there after a bad play and just pushing through it."

On whether his style of play is going to be any different in Jimmy Raye's offense than last year's:
"Yeah, there are going to be some differences. We've definitely mixed in our drops more: three-step, five-step, seven-step. Whereas last year was predominantly seven-step. So this is nice to be able to have all three of those, as well as play actions - every kind of play action you could imagine, we have. So, that is nice, and I think it fits us well."

On whether that puts more of a premium on the quarterback making decisions on the fly:
"Yeah. He does ask us to take a little bit more control, a more charge of the offense than we've had in the past. So, that's nice. There's more on our shoulders, but we really like that. That's something that quarterbacks really enjoy."

-- 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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