Singletary wants longer to consider
Coach Mike Singletary said he’s not ready to name a starting quarterback, as he continues to mull over the decision with his staff.
Quarterback Alex Smith sustained a right thumb sprain while making a tackle after the interception. He’s listed as day-to-day. Singletary said the injury will have no impact on his decision: Smith or Shaun Hill?
“I have to look at some more film,” Singletary said. “It takes me a little longer than some other people. I think attention to detail is key. That’s why.”
The starters are scheduled to see their longest playing time in the upcoming game against the Cowboys, Singletary said. A decision at QB could be made at some point this week, though Singletary has not announced a timetable.
After watching the film of the 49ers’ 21-20 win over the Raiders, Singletary’s view of the QB play was unchanged.
“It was nothing great,” he said. “I just feel it’s one of those things, you have to look at the mechanics and some of the small things, and other ways they got better.”
In other notes:
–There is no diagnosis for right tackle Adam Snyder, who left the game just prior to halftime with sprains to his ankle and knee. Snyder did not appear to be favoring his leg as he left the locker room Saturday night. The club has yet to receive the results of the MRI examination.
–Singletary said the physicality of the offensive line jumped out at him after watching the film. The 49ers rushed for 275 yards.
–Was it Glen Coffee or the offensive line? Singletary said the two went hand-in-hand.
–Singletary said he plans to play his starters more vs. the Cowboys in the third exhibition game than in the other games. “Our starters will probably play a little bit longer, but we’ll still be careful in terms of how much we expose some of our guys that we know a lot about,” he said.
–The 49ers had a mixup in the secondary on the 24-yard JaMarcus Russell TD pass to Louis Murphy, which came on a third-and-21 situation. “It was a misread; it was as simple as that,” Singletary said. “The cornerback (Nate Clements) has to do a better job of getting back.”
–Isaac Sopoaga was the last starter to come out of the game. He starts at left defensive end, but he was playing nose tackle well into the fourth quarter. “It was just a decision made as a staff going into the game,” Singletary said. “We wanted to play him a little more at nose, because he’s more familiar with it, rather than put any of other our guys at nose for an extended amount of time.”
–When asked which young players stood out to him, Singletary said there were a number of them: Reggie Smith, Scott McKillop, Carlos Thomas, Glen Coffee, Kory Sheets, Nate Davis and Chilo Rachal. “I feel very good about our young guys,” he said.
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