Quarterback Alex Smith is on a short leash with the 49ers. He was told of his benching in the fourth quarter Sunday night, but it never came to fruition.
Smith has played every snap this season. But if he his production does not improve, he could find a spot on the sideline next to coach Mike Singletary.
"I think from this point on you have to do what's best for the football team," Singletary said.