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49ers' Smith, Singletary Can't Coexist

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Alex Smith + Mike Singletary = losing.

For a few years now, they have preached that they would be great together, tried it, pushed it and maybe even misled themselves about their chemistry and their future together.

They have really tried it. And they have failed.

Smith and Singletary can't escape the truth now, not after five consecutive losses to start 2010, and especially not after their sideline mano a mano during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's 27-24 loss to Philadelphia.

Call it what you will: frustration, anger, a showdown, a coach-quarterback catharsis after several more costly Smith turnovers or just another embarrassing franchise moment.

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