With Alex Smith injured and unable to play this sunday, the San Francisco 49ers have made a quarterback change. Troy Smith will be starting this week against the Denver Broncos. While this was unexepected to me, it was not surprising. In his relief effort for Alex Smith, QB David Carr showed that he absolutely could not lead this team. Troy Smith will be a welcomed change.
This is what coach Singletary had to say on the decision of starting Troy Smith over David:
“Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game,” Singletary said. “I talked to David Carr about it. He understands. We had a couple of conversations about it. That’s a personal thing between he and I, and I’m going to leave it there. Troy Smith is our starting quarterback.”
I think this is a good coaching decision. It certainly is a gamble worth taking at this point and if it doesn’t work, no one can blame Singletary for not trying. While Troy Smith has not started an NFL game in three years, I can’t help it but feel good about this move. This offense needed some change and it looks as if Troy Smith can provide that.
While Troy has not had any success in the NFL to date, if he can produce even a fraction of the success he had in college at Ohio State, I would be happy. Troy played in cllege with Ted Ginn and it will be interesting to see what kind of rapport they have with each other on the field this sunday, and perhaps in the coming weeks.