Niners To Start Troy Smith At Quarterback Against Broncos

HERTFORD ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Troy Smith of San Francisco 49ers talks to the media outside The Grove Hotel on October 27 2010 in Hertford England. The San Francisco 49ers will meet the Denver Broncos in the NFL International Series regular-season match at Wembley Stadium on October 31. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The first surprising salvo of 'London Week' was fired this morning when San Francisco 49'ers Head Coach Mike Singletary announced Troy Smith will be his starting quarterback when his team faces the Broncos this Sunday in Wembley Stadium.

Smith, the former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, signed a 1-year contract with the Niners right before the season after he was released by the Baltimore Ravens in September. 

"The bottom line is I think for where we are, Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win the game," Singletary said.

As many of you know, I am an Ohio State fan and watched Troy Smith's growth as a quarterback in college.  Unlike David Carr, Smith will attack the defense downfield and has the arm to do it.  He is also athletic enough to hurt the defense with his legs.

With no tape of Smith as a pro to speak of the Broncos defense should prepare to go all out to stop Frank Gore
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