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49ers likely to stick with Troy Smith

Troy Smith has his chance.

He was never happy in Baltimore because he didn’t have a legitimate shot to start at quarterback.  In San Francisco, the 49ers look likely to see what he can do.

As Silva pointed out on his game one-liners, it sounds like San Francisco coach Mike Singletary wants to roll with Smith to see what he can do after the team’s bye.  Even if Alex Smith is healthy.

We’re
going to continue to go forward with Troy Smith
right now,” Singletary
said via Comcast Bay Area. “We’re going into the bye week, and as far as Alex Smith is
concerned, it’s a week-to-week deal. I’ll wait and talk to our doctors,
trainers, whatever. But we’ll make those decisions as we need to.”

Considering Alex Smith’s shoulder injury, the question may be academic. He may not be ready to return for a few weeks.

Troy Smith was stymied at halftime, with only 37 yards passing.  But the 49ers exploded in the fourth quarter for 21 points, including this miraculous play Brian Dawkins will see in his nightmares.

Beating the Broncos was a nice story for the Heisman Trophy winner, especially considering he hadn’t practiced with San Francisco’s first team before last week.  Whether it’s a one-week blip on the radar or the start of something more lasting is up to Smith.

He’s got the opportunity he was waiting for.

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18 Responses to “49ers likely to stick with Troy Smith”
  1. pt8106 says: Nov 1, 2010 11:28 AM

    Even though I really like Alex Smith and feel like he could be a good quarterback in the league if he could ever get some stability in his offensive cooridinator for more than one year at a time, I hope Troy Smith does well. It stunk that his first real shot at starting was taken away from him in Baltimore by getting sick and I think the 49ers are going to be the beneficiary of it.

  2. noah says: Nov 1, 2010 11:53 AM

    Troy Smith is going to be a stud –glad he finally got his chance.

  3. PhD says: Nov 1, 2010 11:54 AM

    Troy Smith got lucky on that play but he looked better after just seven weeks on the team than Alex Smith looked after six years. Still, with Singletary at the helm it’s a guaranteed fail for the 49ers.

  4. Rmedina says: Nov 1, 2010 12:00 PM

    It appeared that T. Smith had more agility and quickness to avoid the pass rush. A couple times it seemed as if he would be sacked. Although his throw to Walker seemed more of a lucky play; he made good throws throughout the game. I have always defended Alex Smith; however, now is the time to see what Troy can bring to the team.

  5. Brothaman says: Nov 1, 2010 12:02 PM

    once again, people giving the credit of the win to the quarterback when the team won. Alex Smith is the better option. He has decent numbers and will be better for this year.

  6. ctiggs says: Nov 1, 2010 12:12 PM

    alex smith was givin his chance now lets ride troy for now and see how far he can take us if he wins 2 thats more than alex already this year.

  7. ppdoc13 says: Nov 1, 2010 12:44 PM

    troy smith sucks. he has no accuracy. has a bigger ego and mouth than talent. perhaps in a system where he is asked to throw a few slants and run around a little he will be ok. but he will never be a top nfl qb. he just doesn’t have what it takes.

  8. TheCityThatReeds says: Nov 1, 2010 12:52 PM

    We were actually planning to start Troy in Bmore after Bollerball went down with a yeast infection. Unfortunately for Troy he got severely ill and that job was given to Mr. Joseph Flacco. Good luck Troy, hope it works out.

  9. Jack Acid says: Nov 1, 2010 1:06 PM

    Any fan saying Alex Smith is “the better option” WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THIS SEASON, are not 49ers fans.
    Our season is OVER. Alex Smith is OVER. Why waste snaps on a guy who is gone after the season is over?
    It doesn’t even matter if Troy Smith was terrible because at least he has a potential roster spot on this team next year.
    Alex Smith does not.
    Let is pray it is over, once and for all.

  10. csulb49er says: Nov 1, 2010 1:42 PM

    Troy made a handful of decent throws.
    He also made a handful of “Who the hell was that to?” throws.
    Then he somehow completed the hail mary to Delanie Walker, that as soon as he threw it, I was certain it’d be picked off. Not sure what Dawkins and the other defender were doing, but they weren’t playing defense on that play.
    I didn’t see anything from him that makes me optimistic about him as the long term solution to the QB position.

  11. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 1, 2010 2:19 PM

    When Troy Smith finally got his act together (after looking like very unimpressive in the first three quarters or so) I was reminded of last year when Alex Smith came in late in the game to replace Hill and lit up the offense with three touchdowns. Back when his supporters came out of the woodwork and pointed to inconsistency at the OC position, Nolan’s incompetence, the worst offensive line in the NFL and a series of injuries to the reason Alex Smith had failed before. Now we’re here and like most teams struggling with dashed expectations we’ll take anything, even beating a team that the week before had 59 points scored on them in three quarters. The point being, Troy Smith did look like he was having trouble seeing over the line and his crazy toss as he was falling down easily could have been an interception. Certainly give him a chance, but keep your optimism guarded. Hey, it seems McNabb will be looking for a team this off-season, maybe we can do what we should have done last summer.

  12. kevo126 says: Nov 1, 2010 2:28 PM

    “He was never happy in Baltimore because he didn’t have a legitimate shot to start at quarterback.”
    you are kidding me right? the guy was going to be the starter flaccos rookie year and then he got sick. did you guys not remember that???

  13. HolyMoly says: Nov 1, 2010 2:32 PM

    Troy Smith completed 63% of his passes in this game and can run the ball himself if need be. Alex Smith has completed only 59% of his passes on the season and has more turnovers than touchdowns. The choice is pretty clear here.

  14. PARavensJeff says: Nov 1, 2010 3:21 PM

    TheCityThatReeds says:
    November 1, 2010 12:52 PM
    We were actually planning to start Troy in Bmore after Bollerball went down with a yeast infection. Unfortunately for Troy he got severely ill and that job was given to Mr. Joseph Flacco. Good luck Troy, hope it works out.
    Yea Rosenthal, what he said! Well most of it. How did he not get a legititamate chance to start? Troy was announced as starter by Harbaugh,then he got some weird strain of tonsilitis that only 1 in 10,000 or 100,000 people get & the antibotics didn’t work. He was very sick for a time of a few months. He got his chance after Boller messed up his shoulder in training camp. Flacco was the last option to start, but won by defaultsince Boller & Smith were down. Flacco was supposed to be clipboard holder his rookie year. Do you guys ever do any research?

  15. Keith says: Nov 1, 2010 5:13 PM

    “Troy Smith completed 63% of his passes in this game and can run the ball himself if need be. Alex Smith has completed only 59% of his passes on the season and has more turnovers than touchdowns. The choice is pretty clear here.”
    You forgot that Alex played against better teams while Troy played against 1 “not so good” team. And not to mention that Alex had to make a lot of desperate throws in garbage time that drag down his stats.
    Also, the 49ers as a team is getting better. If Alex didn’t get hurt, he would have won the last 2 games too.
    Having said that, it seems that there are way too much bad feelings toward Alex. I hope that he would move to a better team.

  16. dnice says: Nov 1, 2010 9:40 PM

    Some of yall is so negative! this guy only practice with the starter team for what.. a couple of days!? yea Alex is taller but he has more heart than Alex. 49ers still in it!! playoff here we come!!

  17. FumbleNuts says: Nov 1, 2010 10:06 PM

    Bottom Line: Alex Smith is a joke.

  18. NinerDynasty says: Nov 2, 2010 7:46 PM

    Keith – Better teams like what? the panthers? Seahawks? plz tell me what teams you’re talking about? Smith committed turnovers in just about every single game he played this season with the exception of one. Alex Smith is done in SF regardless what Troy Smith does in the upcoming weeks.

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