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Published on 10/27/2010 at Wed Oct 27 11:02.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Troy Smith (L), David Carr (C) and Alex Smith warm up before their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia, October 3, 2010. (REUTERS/David Tulis)

San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Troy Smith (L), David Carr (C) and Alex Smith warm up before their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia, October 3, 2010. (REUTERS/David Tulis)

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.

  • Guest

    Ahahaha 49ers could start the locker room janitor under center and still win against the Broncos.

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    If Alex Smith is out for the Broncos game then that should mean a REALLY EASY win right? The Broncos can't lose to a Backup-QB. Wait, what happen at the Raiders game last week??? NEVERMIND!!!!!

    With Alex Smith out, I'm kidna of scared at Troy Smith. He a bit accurate (JUST A LITTLE BIT) with a great arm and fast mobility. I hate to say it but Troy Smith might do O.K.

  • http://broncoszone.blogspot.com/ Jon

    Troy Smith is a really talented player, I think he's more of a threat to the Broncos than A. Smith would have beem.

  • Guest

    Ahhhaaaa 49ers could start their locker room janitor under center and still win.

  • Josephwaligura

    Hi Joshua Manning,

    Troy will do fantastic playing. He is a team Motavator.

    He is One of the Best Quarterbacks to play for Ohio State

  • herc_rock

    I thought mitten hands was their #2.

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    Co-sign here my man. I think Troy Smith can run all over the Broncos run defense. Just look at Darren McFadden and Jason Campbell on Sunday and they won BIG TIME. Plus, here's the scary part, Troy Smith is FAST and ELUSIVE like Michael Vick. I'm worried that Troy Smith will DESTROY the Broncos run defense.

  • Broncobilly

    Here's the deal. Let's be fans and dig deep and root for this team. They have given us plenty to cheer about over the years. It's our time to hang with them and show what kind of character Broncos' fans have. We have a great franchise and this team needs a strong fan base. I say, Broncos for life! I am a Broncos fan and I wear blue and orange with pride! I wore my Broncos gear all day Monday, screw the haters! Go Broncos!

  • Vince_marine

    Right on brother!!!!

  • Dmartin

    Why not have Hillis, Stokely, and Schiefer come back.

  • Danno

    Put in anyone at QB and throw to whomever Nate Jones is covering…Nate is sure to off balance, out of postion, and at least 8 feet behind his assigned receiver.

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  • LevonZevon

    “BLITZ PACKAGES? What BLITZ PACKAGES?”

    Its not exactly “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” but its the only thing I need say on this point.

    Blitzing is a no-go under Coach McTiddlyWinks. Or haven't yo been watching since he got hired (minus the win at SD last year).

    He wants to decide games on the offensive side of the ball (with his two-blocking TE offense).

    Guess he wasn't aware that Denver had Sharpe, Chamberlain, Clark, Wesley Duke and Tony Scheffler actually blocking and catching passes in the last decade.

    That's right. Two distinct actions from the same position.

    Sorta like a QB that can hand off and throw/lateral in the same game. I don't expect an innovative RB throw-back to the QB (as Peyton Hillis executed perfectly to an open Colt McCoy at New Orleans).

    But Tebow is still being restricted to one move per game.

    A sure way of gaining the element-of-surprise in Josh's world of lame-ass football.

    That's sarcasm, b.t.w.

  • LevonZevon

    “BLITZ PACKAGES? What BLITZ PACKAGES?”

    Its not exactly “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” but its the only thing I need say on this point.

    Blitzing is a no-go under Coach McTiddlyWinks. Or haven't yo been watching since he got hired (minus the win at SD last year).

    He wants to decide games on the offensive side of the ball (with his two-blocking TE offense).

    Guess he wasn't aware that Denver had Sharpe, Chamberlain, Clark, Wesley Duke and Tony Scheffler actually blocking and catching passes in the last decade.

    That's right. Two distinct actions from the same position.

    Sorta like a QB that can hand off and throw/lateral in the same game. I don't expect an innovative RB throw-back to the QB (as Peyton Hillis executed perfectly to an open Colt McCoy at New Orleans).

    But Tebow is still being restricted to one move per game.

    A sure way of gaining the element-of-surprise in Josh's world of lame-ass football.

    That's sarcasm, b.t.w.