October 27, 2010 by staff
Troy Smith, With quarterback Alex Smith expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, the San Francisco 49ers Troy Smith will start at quarterback against Denver Broncos head coach Mike Singletary said Wednesday .
The decision comes as a surprise, since Smith was third in the table of the 49′s of depth behind David Carr
Even more surprising, since, according to Comcast SportsNet report, Smith has not taken a practice time with the 49ers offense first team.
“The bottom line is to think of where we are, Troy Smith gives us a good chance to win the game,” Singletary said.
Smith started two games in his first season in 2007 with the Baltimore Ravens, throwing two touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has not yet begun.
Meanwhile, Carr was a dismal 5-for-13 in the backup job against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. Carr critical interception helped the Panthers win then without a win in overtime 23-20.
Carr was unhappy with his demotion.
“Of course I disagree with the decision,” Carr told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I would have loved to have the opportunity to go through a week of preparation, see some representatives honestly I have not gotten in months. When you go into a game like last week … would have been nice to get out of here like a week normal and go after him, but I have not had that opportunity.
“It’s frustrating, to put it mildly.”
Since the Ravens Smith published after his last preseason game, there is no tape of Smith in the 49ers offense. Smith has the physical tools to burn the Broncos’ defense: he has the arm to attack the depth of field, and has the legs to improvise when necessary. So if the Broncos can not beat Smith physically, mentally you have to beat. Wink Martindale will be to make sure that Smith is not ready for the coverages and blitz packages Broncos will pull it.
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