Singletary Sticks With Alex

49ers fall to 0-5 for first time since 1979

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    The 49ers coach Mike Singletary announces he's sticking with Smith for the Oct. 17 game against the Oakland Raiders. (Published Monday, Oct 11, 2010)

    49er coach Mike Singletary is sticking with Alex Smith as QB-1 for next Sunday's game against the cross-Bay rival Raiders.

    Singletary told reporters Monday that he will evaluate Smith each week from now on, but apparently this week Alex is getting the thumbs up.

    The country watched the quarterback controversy on national TV Sunday night.  Singletary had a sideline spat with Smith in the fourth quarter. The coach clearly wanted to pull him, but Smith was able to talk himself back in the game even though backup David Carr had already taken a few steps onto the field.

    Singletary said Smith's response on Sunday persuaded him to stick with him another week.
    Against the Eagles Smith threw two interceptions and fumbled -- three of the 49ers' five turnovers.

    The 49ers are in this quarterback pickle thanks to a 0-5 start.

    For the record, the 49ers under the late-great Bill Walsh no less, started the 1979 season lost seven to begin a 2-14 season.  That was Walsh's first season with the team.