Who would have guessed that being traded to the Lions would be a pleasant experience? But that’s what has happened to Shaun Hill. The former 49ers backup quarterback who started 16 games over the last three years in San Fran is relishing the off-season trade that sent him to Detroit.
“It’s a mess out there,” he said of the 0-5 49ers. “I’m just very happy that I’m here right now.”
Of course he didn’t really expect to be playing all that much. He was brought in as a backup for Matthew Stafford. You know, in case the former No. 1 overall pick in the draft got hurt. Well, in the second quarter of the first game of the season, he got hurt. Hill stepped in and has been playing well.
But Hill also knows that when Stafford is ready to come back, he’ll have to give up the steering wheel and let the second-year player take over. In fact, hat’s part of what he likes about the Lions.
“I knew coming here the roles and everything were completely defined and I was fine with that for sure,” Hill said. “I had an opportunity to come in and try to help Matthew out a little bit if possible and, when called upon, to go out there and play, but when he’s healthy I know that he’s the guy. Out in San Francisco there was some stuff up in the air the last few years. It seemed always up in the air. So, believe it or not, I kind of welcomed just everybody having their defined roles and positions.”