Alex Smith lost his 49ers starting job – through no fault of his own – three years ago.
SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ red-zone offense was among the worst in the NFL last season. It was seen as an obvious area in which the team could improve this season.
Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who started the past two games for the 49ers.
SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Wednesday claimed outside linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong off waivers from the Raiders.
SANTA CLARA – Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu won NFC Defensive Player of the Week based on his mastery of the 49ers’ offense earlier this season.