Camp Confidential: Niners patiently waiting for QB to emerge

Alex Smith is a former No. 1 pick, but he doesn't appear to have much of an edge over Shaun Hill in the 49ers' QB derby, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: July 31, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers needed an offensive leader to step forward Wednesday morning and demand better work from his teammates. They needed a big play or inspired words to pump life back into a dismal practice, the type every NFL team endures at some point in training camp.

The 49ers would get neither, which isn't surprising for a team that doesn't have a starting quarterback.

The organization that once chose Steve Young over Joe Montana has ...

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