Hill confirms the value of a strong backup quarterback

Posted Sep 24, 2012

The ability for a team like the Lions to have a backup quarterback able to step into a game and help lead one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history is a perfect example of why re-signing Shaun Hill was a big priority for the Lions front office this offseason.

"It confirms why Shaun's here," Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told

"So critical. You can see examples of it, the positive examples of it across the league, and you can see for us how important it's been. Not last year, necessarily, but even two years ago or fourth quarter (and) overtime this game. You have a guy that's battle-tested to go in and really you don't really change anything."

Hill took over for starter Matthew Stafford when he injured his right leg in the final minutes of Sunday’s 44-41 loss to the Titans.

Hill came in and executed two scoring drives to force overtime and finished with a nearly perfect 157.9 passer rating after completing 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that the team will continue to monitor Stafford's health this week and make a determination on his playing status on Friday. If Stafford can't play, don't expect Linehan to change a thing in the game plan with Hill under center.

That's the benefit of having a great backup quarterback.