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Vernon Davis' Goes To Bat for QB

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The 49ers coach Mike Singletary announces he's sticking with Smith for the Oct. 17 game against the Oakland Raiders.

    We finally have a detailed account of what the heck really happened in Sunday night's 27-24 49ers loss to the Eagles, when Alex Smith appeared to be benched and then suddenly un-benched for 49ers backup David Carr.

    At least we have Vernon Davis' version of events, and it sounds like Davis advocated hard to get Alex back in the game.

    After Singletary had made the decision to bench Alex early in the fourth quarter, Davis decided it was intervention time.

    "I went to Alex and said, 'Alex, you're staying in this game,'" Davis told Comcast Sportsnet. "'You look at coach and you tell him you're staying in this game and you can do it because you've been in this position before.'"

    Video: Smith Stays the Starter

    [BAY] Video: Smith Stays the Starter
    49ers head coach Mike Singletary says Alex Smith will remain his starting QB while the team owner makes a bold statement in a text.

    Coach Singletary, of course, explains it a little differently.

    "I told David Carr go ahead and warm up, get ready to go," Singletary explained to the San Jose Mercury News. "And as I began to have words with Alex, decided it would be better to stay with him."

    By "have words with Alex", Singletary refers to an exchange where Smith and Singletary gave each other hell.

    By that token, Smith will hope to "have words" with the Raiders when he starts for the 49ers this Sunday.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is amused that the "We want David Carr!" chant was dubbed by Deadspin as the "single saddest moment of the NFL season."