For better or worse and for the rest of this thorny season, Mike Singletary should just go with his gut and coaching intuition.
For whatever that's worth, of course.
At 2-6 and buckling down for his last stand as 49ers coach, Singletary shouldn't have to hide his feelings or play a political dance with the Alex Smith Issue.
It's time to let Singletary be Singletary, 'til the bitter end.
If Troy Smith plays decently Sunday -- and by all appearances, he will be the 49ers' quarterback against St. Louis -- Singletary should get directly to the point: