Hill inching ahead of Smith Oh, yeah, the 49ers' o...

Press Democrat - Matt Maiocco - [Full Article]

Hill inching ahead of Smith

Oh, yeah, the 49ers' offense practiced today, too.

While all eyes - and ears - were concentrated on the successes of the 49ers' defense, the 49ers' offense was not having nearly as much success against the Raiders on the other field.

It was a pretty low-key morning session for the 49ers' offense. The run game looks pretty good - Glen Coffee had a nice day - but the passing game did not do much. Shaun Hill is showing signs of taking hold of the quarterback position. The offense just seems to move better with Hill at the controls.

In my opinion, Hill is starting to inch ahead in the quarterback competition. Perhaps, I'm even downplaying it. Hill might actually be taking a commanding lead based on how he seems more at ease in unfamiliar, unscripted activities - such as these practices against the Raiders.

The coaches will decide Thursday evening on the rotation and playing time for the 49ers' exhibition game Saturday against the Raiders. Alex Smith will probably get the starting call. But he might have to put together a very strong showing to remain in the race for the starting job.

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