LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Troy Smith #1 of San Francisco 49ers looks for a pass 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 Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
That's because the Singletary forecast is calling for more Troy Smith after Sunday's 24-16 49ers win over the Denver Broncos. Smith was12-of-19 for 126 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions and a 115.2 quarterback rating in Sunday's win.
"We're going to continue to go forward with Troy Smith right now," Coach Singletary told Comcast Sportsnet, following Sunday's win. "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."
This does not necessarily mean Troy Smith will start the 49ers' next game, November 14 against the Rams at Candlestick following this Sunday's bye week. It just means that right now, Alex Smith is unable to play because of a separated shoulder, and Troy Smith is still the 49ers' top active quarterback.
Alex Smith could be handed the starting job again if he heals up before the Rams game. Or, if he doesn't ,Troy Smith would start again.
Or quite realistically, Alex Smith could fully heal and still not get his old job back from Troy Smith.
After all, you'll notice there are far fewer arguments between the coach and quarterback when Troy Smith plays.