If 49ers coach Mike Singletary knows who his starting quarterback will be when the 49ers face the Rams Sunday, he’s not saying.
While Troy Smith is preparing for a second consecutive start and another shot to hold the job — and it seems likely he’ll get it — Singletary steered clear of making a commitment during a radio interview Tuesday.
“As of right now, Troy is taking the reps,” Singletary told KNBR, per Eric Branch of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “But in terms of who the starting quarterback is going to be, we’re just going to continue (to) look at Alex and see what the trainers and the doctors say and we’ll just kind of go from there.”
As Branch points out, Alex Smith hasn’t even been cleared to practice or thrown a football since his injury. So there’s little to gain for Singletary to say Troy Smith will start until Alex Smith is at least on the field. And if Troy Smith doesn’t play well against the Rams, it opens the door for Singletary to go back Alex Smith.
But until then, Singletary sidestepped the question.
“What we do not have here is a quarterback controversy,” he said. “What we have is a team that’s 2-6, that’s competing for the division. … Who’s going to give us the best opportunity to win? And as far as who that quarterback is going to be, we want to win, Alex wants to win, we all want to win. But the bottom line is, it’s going to come down to who’s going to give us the chance to win.”
If Alex Smith gave the 49ers their best chance to win, one would think Singletary would just come out and say it. He’s doing his best to squash a quarterback controversy, but being noncommittal seems to be fostering one.