With Alex Smith's left shoulder keeping him sidelined, and David Carr's horrendous performance last Sunday, Head Coach Mike Singletary made the call to go with Troy Smith as the 49ers starting quarterback this Sunday in London for the game against the Denver Broncos.
Smith is expected to miss two or three weeks.
When Smith left last Sunday's game with what was later diagnosed as a shoulder separation, Carr either missed badly on his throws, ended up being sacked or threw an interception.
Carr ended his day with 5 of 13 passes for 67 yards and one interception, which led to the Panthers' game-winning field goal.
He is not Nate Davis, but perhaps Troy Smith is a more seasoned version of Davis.
The former Heisman Trophy winner in three years with the Baltimore Ravens, started two games, winning one and losing one. He played in a total of 14 games and completed 48 of 89 passes for 558 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Smith is much more mobile than Alex Smith or Carr. With Baltimore he rushed for 109 yards on 29 attempts and two touchdowns.
Smith could be just what the doctor ordered, as the 49ers offensive line has struggled this year and regardless of who was in at quarterback, they haven't always had a lot of time to throw.
Defenses will have to account for Smith's running ability and if they don't, he just might make them pay.
Smith also has a much stronger arm then Carr, which could allow him to stretch the field. Something 49ers fans have been lobbying for since the start of the season.
Smith will be reunited with one of his favorite targets while playing at Ohio State, 49ers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
Smith and Ginn have been friends since childhood and even played ball together in high school.
With speculation that Josh Morgan could be demoted to third string receiver, Ginn could see a significant increase in playing time.
This would be a welcome change for both Ginn and Smith as the two have said that they can't wait to get back on the field together.
Perhaps there is some chemistry here that can spark a 49ers offense that has sputtered all season.
But Smith is keeping it real,
"It's not just about my brother Ted Ginn, it's about the other receivers that are going to be out there also," he said. "We have tremendous play-makers everywhere, and it's my job, my duty, to get everybody the ball."
It certainly couldn't be any worse than what we have seen so far.
Singletary was also quoted as saying,
"Nate Davis is something that we'll look at later,"
Perhaps indicating that if the 49ers continue to struggle, Davis may just get his chance later in the season.
Davis did make the trip to London, but was not activated from the practice squad, meaning the 49ers will have only two quarterbacks on the active roster for Sunday's game.
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