Potential New York Jets’ Free Agent: Shaun Hill

By Alan Schechter

Aug 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback

Shaun Hill

(14) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

We are just under 48 hours away from the free agency signing period. Hang in there fans, the feeding frenzy is almost here.

Now, let’s take a look at a guy that we reported the Jets’ interest in yesterday.  That guy is backup quarterback, currently of the Detroit Lions’, Shaun Hill.

Here are his career stats (only from years he actually played in games):


Shaun has had modest success as a starter, with a 13-13 record in starts through the years. His TD-INT ration is impressive at 41-23, and his completion percentage is right where it needs to be at 61.9%.

Next we take a look at some of his Pro Football Focus grades. Specifically, we are looking at two seasons where he did his largest body of work as a starting quarterback, 2008 and 2010.

In 2010, his TD-INT ratio was 16-5.  His overall grade was a 9.3, ranking him at number 13 in the league at quarterback.  His quarterback rating for the season was 84.6, ranking him at 15th overall.  PFF has a unique statistic called the Quarterback Accuracy Percentage, which is similar to the completion percentage, but takes into account spikes, throw aways, and other passes that affect the actual completion percentage.  Hill ranked fifth in the league at 76.1, higher than Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.

In 2008, Hill was still in the top twenty, ranking 17th in overall rating with a -0.4.  His TD-INT ratio was 13-8.  For his QBR, he racked up a rating of 86.05.   His accuracy percentage was a 72.5

Shaun Hill has made a career of taking care of the football and making accurate throws.  His influence would be one that would have deep effect in that quarterback room.

The only issue is his age.  At 34 years old, he could not be a solution for the long-term.  However, one of the alternatives they are looking at is Michael Vick, and you know how I feel about it.  They would be much better off with a guy like Shaun Hill.