A day after a source leaked and revealed the starting quarterback for the 49ers on Sunday, head coach Mike Singletary confirmed Thursday that Troy Smith will replace Alex Smith as the team’s starting quarterback.
“I feel that Troy has certain strengths, as well as Alex, and I think the way it works out,” he said. “You know, we could possibly use them both. So that’s kind of the way it is right now, but he is the starter.”
Singletary said that he made the decision earlier in the week but still kept his options open before sticking with Troy Smith.
“The coaches knew that the thing that I wanted to do is make sure, and I talked to [offensive coordinator] Mike Johnson, make sure that the game plan is conducive to both their strengths,” he said. “So even though Troy is going to be the starter, just make sure that the game plan is such that we can possibly use both their strengths in this game.”
There is a chance that Alex Smith could also get some opportunities to play in the game as well. The game, according to Singletary, will dictate who will get certain snaps during the game. He said that it’s not going to be a playbook where it will try to mesh in the strengths of both quarterbacks. It seems that the playbook will have specific plays for one quarterback and some for the other.
Singletary wouldn’t say if Troy Smith would start the remaining two games of the year and Troy Smith also said he didn’t want to look ahead either.
“Regardless of who starts…we have one goal and that’s to win this game,” Smith said.
It looks like Troy Smith will be on a very short leash on Sunday as the 49ers will try to keep their playoff lives against division leading St. Louis. However, the starting quarterback kept his perspective on the whole situation very simple.
Singletary was asked on his thoughts on news breaking of the starting quarterback position before he wanted to announce it.
“When you have Twitter, when you have all of the other things, it’s not necessarily – and I don’t want to be, and I don’t want to have this organization be like “The Firm” you know,” he said. “There are things that I absolutely do not want to get out, that won’t. But you just have to limit who you’re telling. So I knew it was a matter of time before it would get out.”
Smith reiterated that it wasn’t exhausting for him trying to work through with the uncertainty.
“Your job is your job; you’re going to get out exactly what you put into it,” said Smith. “And then sometimes things just don’t go the way you want them to go, even though you do put crazy man hours into it. But this is work; you can’t complain about work, you have to show up on a daily basis, remain humble, stay consistent and continue with your work.”
The 49ers will have their work cut out for them as they are in a must-win situation on Sunday. A loss will eliminate them from the playoff hunt. A win gives them one more week to keep fighting for the division title.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: TE Nate Byham (heel), T Joe Staley (fibula)
LIMITED: RB Anthony Dixon (ankle), LB Takeo Spikes (hand), LB Patrick Willis (hand)
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