This I find unbelievable. I just read a quote from Mike Singletary that said Alex Smith would start against the Rams if he were healthy, and that he is still the starting QB! This is being said to the national press before Troy Smith even steps on the practice field today to prepare for his second game.
“If Alex were healthy, I think right now he’d still be the quarterback,” Singletary said. “He threw a little bit the other day but we just have to be smart about him as well. Alex is smart enough to know that the worst thing he can do is go out there and play with a hurt shoulder and worsen the injury.”
I cannot believe this man. He has one of the worst starting QBs in the league. Anyone who has watched Alex Smith play knows he's not a winner; has never come through in big moments or in big games; led the league in interceptions before he got injured; and was 1-6 this year as the starter.
Troy Smith, on the other hand, is at worst an unknown. At best, he DID come through in his only start -- he showed a lot of guts and played pretty damn well. . . and WON the game by actually coming from behind. With no big mistakes.
What would we expect a head coach to say to the press about the kid? How about the same confidence-building encouragement he g ave to Alex Smith this year by telling him he's the man -- keep playing well, keep winning, and you win the job. Is that not he most logical approach?
And tell me your thoughts about this: Do we want Troy Smith to sign with the 49ers next year, or Alex Smith? Because one will be walking away. !!!!!
Troy Smith only signed a one year contract in September. If he plays well against the Rams, don't we need to jump all over a multi-year deal, before Manny or anyone else? Plenty of teams are looking for decent QBs. Add Miami to that long list.
But why would Troy Smith sign a long-term deal if he doesn't have the coach's confidence as the starting QB? If he plays better than Alex Smith has, then why wouldn't Singletary stick to his promise to "put the best 11 men on the field?"
In my view, Singletary is not logical, and not honest. In fact, he could be the most stubborn and badly wrong judge of QBs in the league. And if Troy Smith continues to win, and Singletary then starts Alex Smith over a healthy Troy Smith, in my judgment, Singletary should be fired immediately and replaced by ANYONE SANE.
So here's my question to all of you: if Troy Smith beats the Rams on Sunday and we're back in the playoff hunt, and Singletary wants to start Alex Smith against the Bucs, how would you feel about that?
Good idea, bad idea, or so bad he should be fired on the spot for ruining any slim chance we might have to win the division this season?