Why Are San Francisco 49ers Keeping Week 16 Starting Quarterback a Secret?

December 21, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 49ers have not indicated which quarterback they will start on Sunday.
While head coach Mike Singletary said in a press conference that he was unsure of who he was going with, you can be sure that this is completely untrue.
The 49ers have a long week to prepare for the Rams, as they played a Thursday game. This means that the coaching staff has had since Friday to prepare. The tape has been evaluated, and the 49ers probably knew sometime on Saturday who they were going with.
They will likely try to keep the starter a secret as long as possible. Singletary has accused the 49er organization of having a "rat" within. The 49ers have done a phenomenal job of keeping the starter under wraps.
So how do they benefit from the secrecy?
The Rams don't know who to prepare for. Troy Smith and Alex Smith are completely different quarterbacks. While both quarterbacks excel at throwing on the run, Alex Smith has a much better feel for the playbook and the offense in general...

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