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49ers Busting Out New Plays for Troy Smith

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Troy Smith #1 of San Francisco 49ers is faced by Brian Dawkins #20 of Denver Broncos as he scores their first touchdown during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Smith;Brian Dawkins

    On one hand, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Troy Smith might have a less effective game this Sunday against the Rams, because the Rams coaches have had two weeks to watch film on him.

    On the other hand, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Troy Smith may have a more effective game this Sunday against the Rams, because the 49ers coaches have had two weeks to watch film on him.

    The mad scientists at the 49ers' lab in Santa Clara have spent the last week breaking down Troy Smith game film to figure out new and exciting possibilities for the 49ers offense. Against Denver, Troy was merely running plays designed for Alex. Against the Rams, Troy will have an array of new plays designed specifically for him and his skill set.

    "Before we could put in an offense, we had to look at those things and make sure we did the right things and not just make Troy Smith fit into what Alex Smith and all those other guys at quarterback did before him," offensive coordinator Mike Johnson told the San Jose Mercury News.

    These are not your father's St. Louis Lambs the 49ers are playing this week. The perennial doormat Rams happen to be tied for first in the NFC West, with the ninth-best defense in the NFL.

    Oddly, this happens to be a matchup of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. The Rams' Sam Bradford won the award in 2008, and Troy Smith won it in 2006.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks the Spamcation Cruise ordeal is nothing compared to game-day traffic outside of Candlestick Park.