San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has decided on a starting quarterback, but won’t make an announcement as to who that will be this Sunday in St. Louis.
Singletary has made his decision known to the quarterback. Both options–Alex Smith and Troy Smith–will receive reps during this week’s practices.
Alex Smith opened the 2010 season as the starter, but struggled in the team’s 1-6 start. A left shoulder injury opened the door for former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith to start five games, leading the 49ers to a 3-2 mark and keeping their faint playoff hopes alive.
Singletary went back to Alex Smith before the 49ers’ 40-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks on December 12. Smith posted a career-best 130.9 passer rating that day, but struggled in a loss to the San Diego Chargers last Thursday night.
The 49ers are still alive in the NFC West title chase, but will be eliminated if they lose either or their remaining games. The 49ers will travel to the NFC West-leading St. Louis Rams on Sunday before returning home to host the Arizona Cardinals on January 2.