It's been a while since the Niners had a very good quarterback. It's about time someone steps up and owns the position.
But is Shaun Hill really the guy? Sure he's gutsy, but does he have the tools? Does he have a good enough arm? Will other teams respect the Niners passing game?
The offense has been shaky so far. Shaun Hill has made a few good reads, but hasn't had the time in the preseason to show his full abilities. The first team hasn't impressed too much, and this offense isn't scaring anybody.
Even with Frank Gore and Glen Coffee, this offense isn't going to be successful unless Shaun Hill becomes a competent quarterback. He's done it in meaningless games, and has put up a fine record, but no one really knows how he can handle the pressure of a big moment in a key game.
Now that Hill has claimed the job over Alex Smith, he is the undisputed quarterback and he has no excuse not to be successful.
If he delivers, the Niners will be in the playoff hunt. The defense is solid, and the Niners can definitely compete in the division. The big question is whether Hill can right the ship and lead this team in the right direction.
Plus, having a trusted QB would go a long way in terms of fan support and confidence. Look at teams like the Patriots and Colts. With Brady and Manning under center, fans are confident that the team will win year in and year out.
Once the Niners find that franchise guy, many great years lie ahead.