Posted Wed Oct 27th by Monty
With QB Alex Smith expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, the San Francisco 49ers will start Troy Smith at quarterback against the Denver Broncos, head coach Mike Singletary announced Wednesday.
The move comes as a surprise since Smith was third on the 49ers’ depth chart behind David Carr.
It’s even more surprising since, per this Comcast SportsNet report, Smith has yet to take a practice snap with the 49ers’ first team offense.
“The bottom line is I think for where we are, Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win the game,” Singletary said.
Smith started two games in his 2007 rookie season with the Baltimore Ravens, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has yet to start since.
Meanwhile, Carr was a disappointing 5-for-13 in backup work against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. Carr’s critical interception aided the then-winless Panthers to a 23-20 overtime victory.
Carr wasn’t happy with his demotion.
“Of course I don’t agree with the decision,” Carr told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I would have loved to get a chance to go through a week of preparation, get some reps that I haven’t honestly gotten in months. When you go into a game like last week … it would have been nice to go out here like a regular week and go after it, but I didn’t get that chance.
“It’s frustrating, to put it nicely.”
Since the Ravens released Smith after their final preseason game, there is no tape on Smith in the 49ers offense. Smith has the physical tools to burn the Broncos’ defense: he has the arm to attack the field deep, and he has the legs to improvise as needed. So if the Broncos can’t beat Smith physically, they’ll need to beat him mentally. It’ll be up to Wink Martindale to make sure Smith isn’t ready for the coverages and blitz packages the Broncos will throw at him.