49ers Q&A: Quarterback Alex Smith

49ers Q&A: Quarterback Alex Smith

December 29, 2010

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Quarterback Alex Smith
Press Conference Dec. 29, 2010

On what his week has been like, given the organizational changes:
Yeah, obviously, you know, some changes made, different. You know, week 17 and final week of the season, but some changes with it so, yeah, different.On his volatile relationships hes had with his previous two head coaches:
I guess, I wouldnt describe it as volatile, you know? I got along really well with coach Singletary. I think the perception is a little different just because hes a fiery guy, hes emotional. I mean, I think thats who he is. I think those are - those are positives about him. I mean, thats what makes him who he is and I think people just saw some things that have gone on on the sideline, but as a whole I think he brought a lot of energy because of that.On whether it was hard for the team because of the constant changes at the quarterback position:
Well, I mean, I think it was hard because we werent winning. You know, we had a lot of expectations. I think that was the biggest thing, that was the most difficult. You know, a lot of expectations coming into this year and not to achieve them is frustrating for everybody.On whether he has spoken with former head coach Mike Singletary since he was dismissed following the Rams game:
I havent. I havent got to; its, you know, its hard. All of a sudden I found out Im going again this week and there will be time after this week to really talk and kind of rehash things, so.On whether it would be nice to go out, play well and win in the last game, given everything he has been through with the 49ers:
Of course. I guess nice to go out there and play well period; Im not really getting into the, Whats going to happen after this? But its, whenever you go out there, I mean even though its the last game of the season and were out of the playoffs, pride is on the line. You want to go out there and play well, no question. I mean, thats not going to change.On whether he has thought about what is going to happen after the season ends:
No Im not. Im not thinking about any of that other stuff. That all, you know, thats what the offseason is for. Right now Im focused on-On whether he has thought that the upcoming game against the Cardinals might be his last game with the 49ers:
Like I said, thats all out there, those are possibilities, but I havent had time to ponder and think about all that. Thats for after this week.On whether he has the desire to prove that he deserved to be chosen in the first round of the draft:
I mean, of course that desire is always there. I dont know if it necessarily goes back to the draft, per se, as it were a few years ago. I was still not that far removed from that. At this point, its just that you want to go out and win for the organization, for the fans, for the team. Thats the biggest thing. I dont know if its as much going back to the draft and proving that. But any team youre a part of, you want to do it for everyone involved. As much as this team puts in, the coaching staff, the organization, the fans, everyone involved.On his thoughts on starting this week and his emotions knowing that an interim coach feels that he gives them the best chance to win:
Yeah, I mean Id be lying if I said it wasnt frustrating last week, you know, finding out that with the season on the line, not to get the start. But it happened, and this week I am getting the nod, and its another opportunity. You know, Im excited about it. Im going to prepare and reset the team. I think theres even more distraction at this point because we know that the season is over after this Sunday, but were going to stay focused and go out there and take advantage of the other team.On whether it was frustrating to not get the start last week in such an important game:
Yeah, yeah no question. We hadnt been in a position I havent, since Ive been here been in a position like that. You know, week 16, playoffs on the line, so yeah, no question it was frustrating.On what his conversation with then head coach Mike Singletary was that week when he found out he wasnt starting and whether he lobbied for the start:
I dont know how much lobbying I was doing, you know its not my job, but definitely emotional, frustrating, you know I definitely voiced my opinion, thats for sure. I wasnt sitting back and taking it, but I dont know if Id call it lobbying.On what interim head coach Jim Tomsula has brought this week:
Yeah, you know, its hard. Obviously I think whatever changes he wants to make, you know coming in as a head coach, theres only one week left so you cant really do that much. So I think he has to put that all in perspective and what changes, if any, give us the best chance to win.On what the ideal scenario would be for a quarterback:
Young quarterback? What are we talking here? response: sure. I dont know if theres anything perfect, I mean obviously ideally youd like to come into a situation where everyone around you all the pieces around you were as stable as possible. You know, offense was in place, the guys knew it, offensive line was in place, guys knew the system, you were coming in and everyone around you I guess was as stable as possible.On the ideal situation not being available to him:
Yeah, its not like that for many people though, especially young quarterbacks. You know often times if youre an early draft pick, its usually tied in with the new head coach because theyre coming in, so. A lot of guys dont get that.On what offensive coordinator Mike Johnson is like and whether they will see what he is all about in the final game since there has been a head coaching change:
I think thats hard as well, I think youre still trying to go out and win a game. I think Coach Tomsulas made that clear, theres no real- I mean this isnt an audition for any of us. Were not going out there doing crazy things or trying to reinvent a bunch of stuff week 17 because were not playing for the playoffs. So, I dont know if were necessarily going to go in that direction. I think were going to do everything we can do to win a game, going to be sharp, going to do the things weve continued to do.On whether he is worried about the focus of his teammates with the season ending:
Im not worried about that, with the group of guys that we have. You know that is a point though, it is there. I mean, even just talking about those things, weve already addressed some of the exit meetings and stuff. So thats there, but I think we have a good group of guys that all are prideful and here to play.On LB Patrick Willis being ruled out for the game:
Yeah, its a loss for sure, no question. Not just for the defense, but for the team, to not have him out there in the pads. You know hes definitely a leader of this team, so, well be affected by it.On Willis being named a Pro Bowl starter:
The thing that I appreciate about Patrick, I mean obviously hes a vocal leader, but he leads by example. Hes certainly not asking anything of his teammates that he doesnt ask of himself. Thats the thing that I appreciate most about him.

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”

 

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.