St. Louis Rams Go Back to Shaun Hill as Starting Quarterback


If we’ve learned anything from St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher in 2014, it’s that we should never take a comment from him about his starting quarterback with anything more than a grain of salt. After insisting earlier this year that veteran quarterback Shaun Hill would return to the starting role once he was healthy, despite the fact that former undrafted free agent Austin Davis was lighting it up in his absence, Fisher eventually named Davis the full-time starter.

This week, despite the fact that Davis threw two crucial interceptions that were returned for touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals, Fisher maintained faith in the signal-caller at his Monday press conference, saying the team would “hang in there” with him. However, now he’s decided to change course, announcing on Wednesday that Hill will return to the starting role on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Hill started the season opener and went 8-for-13 for 81 yards and an interception in the first half. He went down quickly with a leg injury, though, and Davis performed well enough that the Rams saw it fit to give the young quarterback a chance at establishing himself. But now with the Rams at 3-6 and effectively out of contention, the coaching staff obviously wanted to side with experience and avoid any more embarrassing meltdowns like the one that occurred Sunday in Arizona.

The Rams have only had the same quarterback start all 16 games in a season three times since 2002. Interestingly, Sam Bradford has two of those seasons despite suffering two season-ending torn ACLs in the past two years.