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Troy Smith named starter, Alex out 2-3 weeks

Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:31 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Alex Smith will miss two to three weeks with a left shoulder separation suffered against the Panthers on Sunday. And David Carr played so well in his absence that Mike Singletary is tabbing Troy Smith, who has yet to take a snap this season, the starter.

Singletary, in London with his team already, announced the move on Wednesday morning, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

"The bottom line is I think for where we are, Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win the game," Singletary said.

It stinks for Smith (Alex) that he'll miss that time, but it's not that devastating for his legacy -- he looked pretty bad against the Panthers in the early going, and will probably only be remembered as doing well because the act that followed him (Carr) was flat-out embarrassing and completely uninspiring for a team that desperately needs a spark.

Which is what Troy Smith could provide, according to Singletary.

"Probably the No. 1 thing I like about him is leadership," Singletary said. "The ability to get everybody on the same page."

That's not "arm strength" or "pocket presence" or "accuracy" or anything that relates to immediate success on the football field, and it's definitely concerning that Smith was sitting behind Mittens on the depth chart all season (and fans never started chanting HIS name when Alex started stinking it up), but watching Carr play against the Panthers, it was 100 percent clear that he has no business ever taking live snaps for an NFL team again.

Too bad that's a lesson the 49ers had to learn after they traded the always capable Shaun Hill.

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