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Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

Posted on: November 15, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 5:11 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary's 49ers -- winners of, gasp, two games in a row! -- will stick with what's worked this week against the Buccaneers, as a healthy Alex Smith will return to serve as Troy Smith's backup.

Singletary announced the news at his Monday press conference, via our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erier.

"We’re going week to week," Singletary said.

So, yeah, he's not entirely confident in Troy, even though the former Ohio State product lit up the Rams en route to a potentially season-changing win for San Fran. And sure, he's undefeated this season and has more wins than Alex, but there's no reason to think keeping him as the starter is actually smart.

This does fall in line with Singletary's tactics, however -- steadfast denial of a situation and the belief that withholding job security might serve as motivation is his MO.

Troy should be fine come this Sunday, too, since picking up a "W" is probably going to fall more on the defense. After all, if Mike Goodson and the Panthers can run for 100 yards against Tampa, there's no reason to think Frank Gore can't pile up a monster game too.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

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Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:36 pm

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

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Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:59 pm

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

Damn right!

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:42 pm

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

How can anyone disagree with this decision?  The fact is when Alex was playing the offense looked sluggish.  Sure Alex had a couple INT's off deflections but that is what happens when you throw the ball behind your reciever.  Troy's throws look like lasers and if you watched the game, the recievers were given the ball at the moment of attack, meaning only they could attack the ball for the catch.  Alex does not have this kind of arm.  Plus Alex always held the ball for to long and then would try to get rid of it at bad times.  Troy took his sacks and it was the right thing to do.  I can't remember the last 49er who threw for 350 yards in a game.  (not sure if Garcia did that but i know Alex never did)  Just hearing Troy talk after the game, you can hear the leadership come out of him.  I should also point out that 5 recievers with 60 yards or more in one game is a 49er record, it's NEVER been done before.

 Not only am I a 49er fan, but a Buckeye fan.  It's good to see guys like Troy, Ginn, Clements, Boone, and our newest San Fran Buckeye Thadeus Gibson wearing red again.  Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, go NINERS.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:57 pm

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

This is a great move and he seems to have lit a spark under the team (2-0). You should always go with the hot hand unless you have a hall of famer and Alex Smith is certainly not a hall of famer. Smith has put up pretty good numbers and the kicker is that the team is winning. I stll think the 49ers have a great chance at this hapless division because they are only two games behind Seattle and have a home game in tow. Go niners go!!!!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:12 pm

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

i think Troy Smith should start, Alex Smith maybe a good and smart guy, but Troy Smith is playing good football and has won 2 games. Let him start.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:28 am

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

I actually am not inclined to marginalize the various ways in which Alex Smith got screwed and I do believe that substantial improvement is possible.  I don't think it's just the number of changes, I think it's the fact that it was a revolving door of incompetant offensive minds.  If you ask me what torpedoed his career was Norv Turner leaving and SF not getting anyone to replace him.  That was his second season, and although his TD/Int was 16-16 that is not all that bad for a player that young.  He had a pretty good year.  He battled injuries for the next tow year, but last year went for 18-12 in 11 games.  Again, a pretty good year. 

I don't think the just sheer stupdity of subsequent offensive coordinators can be overstated.  Jim Hostler replaced Turner.  Then came Mike Martz who Smith didn't even play for.  Then came Jimmy Raye.  None of these changes would count as an excuse except for the simple fact that Hostler and Raye were the two worst play callers I have ever seen.

I was sort of looking forward to seeing Alex play under Johnson, who is so much more imaginative than Raye it's not even funny.  If you look at Alex's season it is easy to be underwhelmed, however by my count he's caught some bad breaks.  I know at least two and maybe up to four of the picks he threw this year deflected off of his receivers hands.  Also, the team played decently well under Alex.  Our schedule was heavily front loaded, which is why we still have a chance.  We took three point losses to Philly, NO, and Atlanta.  Troy has played well but he's beaten the Broncos and Rams, and he will probably look really good if we beat Tampa and Arizona.  We have one really hard game left versus GB, and SD might be good by the time we play them but that's it.

Still, like I said you can't ignore the play of Troy.  He's been getting the job done in a way that nobody else has shown they could.  I just don't see the room to criticize this decision.  The problem that is presented though is do we go QB in the draft now.  With three wins and almost surely 3 or so more coming at minimum we're out of the Andrew Luck derby.  I consider nobody else in this draft class worthy of even a mid-first round pick at this point, so it will be interesting to see what we do.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:10 am

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

Very good question. Personally I think it is the best decision Singletary can do at this point. Alex Smith, after 5 years, has proven he is nothing more than a 2nd rate QB that at best could be someone's backup. His inconsistency, lack of smarts on the field, lack of getting the ball down field and making big plays has hurt this team more than anything else. He has gone through a few head coaches and numerous offensive coordindators, yet everyone wants to coddle him and say that it's not his fault but the coach's fault. How many coaches are going to have to come through the 49ner system before the front office realizes that Alex Smith is a bum. Troy Smith has shown the type of athleticism that has been missing at the QB position since Jeff Garcia played with the team. In my opinion he gives this team the best shot at winning and should be given the chance to try to turn this season around. The NFC West is weak. It would be a great improvement for the team if they could turn around and win the division, though they would most likely get knocked out of the playoffs first round. Still an improvement is an improvement.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:52 am

Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

What is with the hate for this decision?  Sure, the season's troubles weren't all Alex's fault by a long shot and it's not like Troy is the ultimate solution but he's played too well to ignore.  The passing game has become a vertical threat.  I've seen Alex Smith play for a while and I'm not sure he's capable of lighitng anyone up. 

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