It took a day longer than expected, but a rat in the 49ers building has revealed the identity of this week’s starting quarterback.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Mike Singletary will go back to Troy Smith, just two weeks after benching him for Alex Smith. At the time of Troy Smith’s benching, Alex Smith’s mastery of the playbook was given as the primary reason he got the call.
The 49ers went 1-1 in Alex Smith’s second turn of duty, with one fantastic performance and one terrible one against the Chargers. (Which is exactly what would have happened if Troy Smith started those games. The 49ers haven’t beaten a winning team all season, but they are playing well enough lately to beat NFC West squads and other bottom feeders.)
We don’t know what the right move is. But we do know the 49ers seem to change their direction every week, whether they are in the off-season or regular season.
Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said both Smiths are getting reps with the first team this week. It looks like Singletary is getting distracted with creating mystery with his quarterback decision instead of just preparing his team the best way to win.
If Troy Smith is starting after missing two weeks of action, he should get all the practice time possible to prepare.