Postgame Q&A -- Alex Smith


Postgame Q&A -- Alex Smith

SAN FRANCISCO -- A disappointed and somber Alex Smith reviewed the NFC Championship and a dramatic 2011 season shortly after the 49ers' 20-17 defeat in overtime. The following is a transcript of a portion of the postgame conversation between San Francisco's QB and the media:

On his mood:
"Crappy. Overtime in the NFC championship game, it's a lot of work it's a tough road to even get here. And you get here and you're so close -- so it's not good, not a good feeling."

On San Francisco's third-down problems:
"We were awful on third down. We got ourselves in a lot of third-and-longs and even when we were third and manageable we didn't convert. It's just bad. I think it was the difference between us ... I mean, really, on offense that was what stands out to me, I think, from really controlling the game a little bit more. Didn't help out our defense enough, too many three-and-outs. Not enough plays. Convert those third downs and you give yourself more plays, more chances and so many of those not converting on third downs you're limiting all of our opportunities and it hurt us all night."

What were the Giants doing to keep you getting the ball to the wideouts?
"They were good. They mixed it up a lot today, I felt like, coverage-wise. They mixed it up a lot. It wasn't one thing that jumps out to me. They pressed us, they played coverage, they played Cover 2 -- mixed it up all throughout the game. We just weren't able to get into a rhythm, get any guys going outside. It limited us."

How does this game compare to the November game?
"I don't know without looking at the tape. I guess I felt like the first game was a lot of single-safety, a lot of playing the run -- left us a lot of 1-on-1s outside. There was that going on a times (but) they just mixed it up a lot more. There was a lot of two-high in this game on first and second down. A lot on third down, especially those third-and-longs that we couldn't convert. Two-deep, man-under and (we) couldn't. "

What can you say to Kyle Williams? Obviously you have to feel for him.
"Without question. For me, I'm looking at, what did we go -- 1-for-13 on third downs? I know it's tough for him, I'm sure he obviously is going to be thinking about those two punts -- two punt returns -- for quite a while. But we didn't lose the game there. We lost the game across the board and offensively, we just weren't good enough today. We didn't get it done. On third downs (is) the glaring one, we just weren't good enough."

Without Ted Ginn on offense, did it make it difficult to stretch the field?
"Yeah, it did but all teams have to deal with injuries. No question, he was the next guy in line and then he goes down -- the next guy stepped up, Kyle stepped up. (I) missed some opportunities outside, and I don't know if I -- it's hard to know without looking at the tape. ... We took a shot deep there in the second quarter and missed that. I would like to have another opportunity, but ..."

You made a lot of plays with your legs today -- did you think you would have to be doing that?
"I was aware of it. Last week (the Giants) played so much man, especially on third down -- Aaron (Rodgers) did the same thing, made a lot of plays with his feet. So I was aware of it if it was there. Had a couple of quarterback-designed stuff for me, and then a couple of scrambles, you know, just man-to-man. I felt like even when it was that, a couple of times I got out of the pocket and tried to make some plays on scrambles and we didn't -- three or four times I got out of the pocket with some time and we weren't able to do anything with it. Those are big-play potentials and we couldn't make anything happen there."

How do you feel -- anger, frustration, disappointment?
"Yeah, it's tough to put one word on it but all those things -- frustrated, disappointed."

How long will it take before you can step back and get over the moment look at the entirety of the season?
"I have no idea, sorry. It is a first for me. I don't know. I don't know. I'm sure it will be pretty crappy for a little while."

Have you talked to Kyle at all, did you say anything to him?
"Yeah, I mean there's not much you can say. I'd like to say I came up with something really great, but what do you say? What do you say to all of us? We all had a hand in it, but we all know him, how committed he is, how much he wants to win, what a part of the team he is -- so it's not on him. Those were two plays, two plays of a lot that went on tonight, and you can't put it on those."

Regarding his contract status. How soon will he address it?
"I got no idea as far as any of the contract stuff. I'll head in tomorrow and we'll just go from there."

On the weather
"It was kind of off and on all night. I would actually say the wind was more of a factor than the rain."

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.