Singletary: Mays, Bowman aren't ready yet

49ers coach Mike Singletary still believes Taylor Mays and NaVorro Bowman will be good players, but they're not ready yet. That's why both have seen their playing time cut back.

Here are excerpts from San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary's session with the media Wednesday:

On whether the team will scale back the volume of new things in the game plan for Monday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals:

"You know, the simple thing that I would say is this: Whether you win a game or whether you lose a game, it always brings up questions if you don't win a game, is it too much? The thing that we have to do, and the thing that I really think (offensive coordinator) Mike Johnson continues to work on, is last week was (QB) Troy (Smith)'s third start, and really when you look at that, we're still having to find out exactly what does fit. What is he best at? What things can we not do? What situations can we not allow him to be in? And as you go through a season, obviously the season is not the time to find that out, but that's where we are. So I think we're continuing to try to do and find the things that best suits him and the offense as a whole, and go with that. Does that mean scaling back? We'll have to see as we go forth."

On whether the risk of starting Troy Smith is so big he would consider going back to Alex Smith:

"I still like Alex, but at the same time, as the head coach, the most important thing for me is to really look at where our players are, where our team is, and last week Troy was coming off two wins and you want to ride that. This is the game where we have to take a step back and look at how he responds during this game and how he does. We'll see how it goes. But at no point in time have I ever said, ‘Alex is out of the picture, that's it.' But I have to make sure that if we have Troy -- and he's done some good things -- to make sure that I fully exhaust that, and at some point in time, it's we see what you need to see, and you like it, or if you have to go in a different direction."

On whether the decreased playing time of safety Taylor Mays and linebacker NaVorro Bowman is the result of too many mistakes:

"It's like anything else. I think the most important thing that we've done with those guys, is fortunately, Reggie Smith is able to step in and do some things. I think Taylor Mays, the more we pressed him, is just not all the way ready. There are some things that he can do well; there are other things that he is not quite ready for. So, the last thing that I want to do is to lose him. We have some more time, we have just one week at a time here, and I think when I look at Bowman, it's the same situation. And you have to understand that these rookies, sometimes rookies are at different places when they come in the league. Sometimes they're ready to go, and then there are other times when there are other things that take effect and they handle them differently. I think both those guys are going to be great players. I'm very excited about them, and it may come this year. But up to this point, we're just very fortunate that (linebacker) Takeo (Spikes) is playing really well and shows no signs of slowing down, and I think Reggie is stepping in and doing a good job, so those are big pluses for us."

On whether he's committed to Troy Smith for the whole game or will he be on a short leash:

"Any game that I go into, and I always tell the quarterback this, is always with the intent of doing what I have to do to win. So we're just going to let things figure themselves out, work themselves out. I have all the confidence in the world that things will work just fine. So that's kind of my thought process."

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