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Singletary struggling between Smiths decision

Posted on: November 9, 2010 6:43 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Troy Smith did enough in his cup o' coffee for the 49ers last week to warrant some consideration towards keeping him as the starter over Alex Smith for San Francisco's Week 10 home matchup against the Rams. Yes, "enough" in this case is "winning one game," but that's the 2010 49ers, folks.

And as such, we've got a little controversy on our hands!

"Alex knows exactly where I stand with him on leadership," Singletary said. "He knows exactly how I feel about him at quarterback. He knows that at the end of the day, who's going to be the quarterback? The guy who gives us the best chance to win. And that's as simple as that."

So who's the answer? Well, statistics, paycheck and draft slot (it still counts when you pay that much to a No. 1 overall) say Alex. Win/loss record and -- apparently -- leadership say Troy.

Maybe, I suppose -- Alex defended himself on Monday to reporters by pointing out that leading as a quarterback (versus leading as a middle linebacker like Singletary) is a "very different mindset."

Singletary claimed Tuesday that his comments were "misconstrued" and that he wasn't taking a pot shot at Alex's leadership.

"Alex Smith is a guy who comes in, he's going to lead by example," Singletary said. "That's his idea of leadership. He's not going to be a guy that tells someone to do something, asks someone to do something. He's going to watch film, he's going to invite the receivers, the linemen, he's going to invite everybody, he's going to do that so who wouldn't want that in a quarterback? The guy is courageous, he's fearless, he competes. But his style of leadership, he leads by example. That's who Alex Smith is."

If Singletary were smart, he'd just pick one person, roll with them (in this case that person should be Troy, who's taking the starters snaps and not, you know, injured), and stop trying to play games in the media about whoever isn't starting.

You can do stuff like that when you're 6-2; people will just say you're a "wily motivator." When you're 2-6? You're "losing control of the team." As if that weren't apparent already.

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:16 pm

Singletary struggling between Smiths decision

 Make Troy the starter until he loses the job.Agreed. Not a difficult decision. The more Singletary "wrestles" with it, the more inept and indecisive he looks. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:00 pm

Singletary struggling between Smiths decision

There's a decision to be made here?  Really?

Stick with the hot hand, Mike.  Maybe he'll go on a winning streak.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:06 pm

Singletary struggling between Smiths decision

There shouldn't be anything to struggle with.

We know what Alex Smith brings to the table at this point: the building on last year's successes and subsequent steps forward we were hoping for at the beginning of this year never happened.  He's gone at the end of this year, unless this organization is even more unbelievably stupid than I thought.  The team needs to figure out what it has in Troy Smith, plus he looked pretty good when they finally let him loose.  Make Troy the starter until he loses the job.

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