49ers head coach Mike Singletary said Monday that QB Alex Smith could be healthy for the team's Week 11 game vs. the Buccaneers, but that Troy Smith would remain the starter regardless.
Troy Smith has won back-to-back games since being announced as the starter before Week Eight. He has accounted for two passing touchdowns and one rushing TD in the victories and has yet to turn the ball over. In the Week 10 win over the Rams, the QB threw for a career-high 356 yards. Singletary said that the fact the team is 2-0 with the former Heisman Trophy winner under center played a big factor in naming him the starter for this week.
"Well, I think the fact that you're able to win these last two games, and he had a big part in those games, you just want to keep that going, and look and see how much is there," Singletary said. "Alex understands that. He's a veteran, he's been around the game, and I think more so than anything else, he understands me."
Alex Smith hurt his shoulder earlier this season and has missed the past two games. On the season he has completed 59.1 percent of his passes, with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The way we see it
Singletary's reasoning makes perfect sense and it is unlikely Troy Smith will be removed if the team continues to win. Following the Tampa Bay game, the 49ers have an important Monday-night showdown with NFC West-rival Arizona.