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Singletary Names Alex Smith the Starting QB

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Singletary Names Alex Smith the Starting QB

San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has made it official and named Alex Smith the starting quarterback for Sunday's must-win game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Smith hasn't started since injuring his shoulder during the 49ers' 23-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on October 24. Prior to his injury, the first overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft had completed 59.1% of his 242 pass attempts for 1,554 yards with 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, compiling a 75.0 passer rating during the team's 1-6 start.

Troy Smith, signed at the start of the season after being released by the Baltimore Ravens, leap-frogged David Carr to start the next five games. The former Heisman Trophy winner has a 52.4% completion percentage, but hasn't turned the ball in leading the 49ers to a 3-2 record over the last 5 games, putting the team within striking distance of the NFC West title and a home playoff game.

Singletary made the announcement on KNBR in San Francisco. During the same appearance, Singletary proclaimed that the secondary, which struggled against Green Bay, would remain unchanged, Matthew Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

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