As we mentioned Monday, it looks like Troy Smith will get an extended chance to stick as the 49ers starting quarterback. Coach Mike Singletary told Smith after the team’s win against the Broncos, “Let’s not be a one-game guy.”
One of the reasons why Singletary thinks Troy Smith better than his old Smith is apparently his leadership skills. No one has ever questioned the Heisman Trophy winner’s intangibles or ability to rally his teammates.
Alex Smith has a separated shoulder, but it appears once again that his coach doesn’t fully buy into his ability to lead a team.
I meant by that was the quarterback position, to me, is a position that
you may have a great arm, may have a great mind, may have great feet,
but leadership is the ability to bring the entire offense together,
knowing there are going to be times that you’re going to have setbacks,”
“To me, it’s very important that the quarterback understands that’s his role.”
Singletary was careful not to take a shot at Alex Smith, but it’s hard not to read between the lines here. We think Troy Smith will get every chance to turn San Franciso’s season around.
If this latest plan fails, expect both Smiths and Singletary to be employed elsewhere in 2010.