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Comparing the NFC West: 49ers still lag at QB

Hill finished as division's No. 2-rated QB

To begin our position-by-position comparison breakdown of the NFC West as teams begin to reshape their rosters for 2009, we start with quarterbacks, where the 49ers are finally making a move to catch up with the rest of the division but still lag behind each of their division rivals.

Kurt Warner's brilliant season pushed the Cardinals ahead of the rest the division at quarterback, but the 49ers actually had the division's second-rated passer in Shaun Hill, who finished 12th in the NFL with a 87.5 rating after his strong half-season as the team's starter. That gives the 49ers some stability at a position that has been in a state of flux since Alex Smith's shoulder injury in...

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