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Singletary Silent on Which Smith Will Start

Alex or Troy? Coach Singletary's not telling.

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    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 29: Quarterbacks David Carr #5, Alex Smith #11 and Troy Smith #1 of the San Francisco 49ers walk out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Now that Sunday's San Francisco 49ers game in St. Louis may be for all the underwhelming marbles of the NFC West championship, you'd figure the Monday before that game as one of the worst times in the season for a quarterback controversy.

    But that's exactly what you've got, 49ers Faithful, because San Francisco coach Mike Singletary either doesn't know, or isn't willing to say whether Alex Smith or Troy Smith will start Sunday's day-after-Christmas date with improbable playoff destiny.

    "It's something I don't want to announce right now," Singletary told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He said the two quarterbacks will spit practice reps this week, which is just brilliant because that means the guy who does start will have had less practice to prepare for the Rams.

    Competitive advantage? Or indisputable proof that the Niners just colossally suck at the quarterback position? Singletary probably won't answer that question either.
     
    Despite being an unattractive matchup of the 5-9 49ers and the 6-8 Rams, Sunday's game is the prime early game on the FOX NFL slate, and will be broadcast to most of the country.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks the 49ers could make it to the Super Bowl and still not settle on a starting quarterback.