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With QB change, 49ers can open their playbook

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Alex Smith climbs back in the saddle, giving the 49ers more chances to use their entire playbook. But coach Mike Singletary says the change in quarterbacks was also made because opponents had figured out Troy Smith.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – "Back in the saddle." That's how Alex Smith put it Wednesday morning after learning he'd been reinstalled as the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback this week. Troy Smith is out, Alex Smith is back in. Business as usual. Coach Mike Singletary said his decision – and no doubt that of offensive coordinator Mike Johnson – was a matter of being able to expand the playbook...

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