49er coach names Smith starting QB

October 26, 2009 10:20:15 PM PDT
49er head coach Mike Singletary named quarterback Alex Smith his starter for Sunday's game against the Colts.

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There's nothing against Shaun Hill, but his limitations have become evident the past two games -- both losses.

Singletary named Smith the starter on Monday, not wanting to drag this out, after Alex threw three touchdowns in the second half of Sunday's loss in Houston.

Singletary says Hill, who was yanked at halftime, gave the Niners the best chance to win at the start of the year, but right now Alex is that man.

"I think Alex has had a chance to really regain some of the confidence, not that he ever lost it, just give him a chance to settle in. When I look at Alex, I really didn't know what we were going to get when he went in. I was hoping that we get what we've seen out here in practice, and that's what we got," said Singletary.

Meanwhile Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 56 yards in his 49er debut which is pretty impressive without training camp or pre season games.

The kid can play and showed everyone he's the real deal and will only get better with more repetitions. His presence also opened up Jimmy Raye's offense. Coach Singletary was also impressed.

"I just wanted to see it on film, just like you see a good movie, you want to see it again. I made sure that I talked to him this morning, and let him know all of the hard work that he did while he wasn't here, it showed. All of the studying that he did while he wasn't here, it showed," said Singletary.

The 49ers offense is more explosive with Crabtree and Smith, they spread the field with four wide outs and that will open up the run game with Frank Gore as a result.

Now the question is, how will Alex respond as the starter because coming off the bench you don't have to think. So, stay tuned.

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