Alex Smith Wants to Return in ’09

Latest reports around Ninerland are that Alex Smith wants to stay with the 49ers next season and he is open to taking a paycut to make that happen. Here is a little bit of what Alex Smith had to say when asked some questions on the situation.

Q: Have you talked much to the organization about the plan for you?

Smith: We have not gotten much into that. I still stay in close contact with everyone. I talk to Scot (McCloughan) a lot, but we haven’t gotten into anything like that.

Q: Do you want to be back here next year?

Smith: Yeah, absolutely. I’m still under contract for two years. I’m still a part of this team and working toward that.


Q: Is it a much more positive environment for you after what’s transpired?

Smith: You know . . . not much has changed after the injury. I’m just working toward getting healthy. I’ve tried to stay focused on that. That’s my job right now. It’s my job to get healthy as soon as possible.

Q: Probably what the question referred to was the head coach (Mike Nolan) isn’t around. And occasionally he’ll still take a few more jabs seemingly directed at you. Do you think that will help you if you wanted to stay here long term?

Smith: I don’t know. I think that’ll depend on how things shake out around here — and what happens. And, obviously, what happens in the coming months, that’ll dictate a lot of things. As far as things changing for me, I haven’t been able to do much anyway because of the injury.

Q: What is your relationship like with Mike Singletary? Does he ever talk to you?

Smith: Good. Yeah, absolutely. I see him around whenever I do my lifting or rehab. I talk to him whenever I can. It’s hard for a player on IR. I like to be around as much as I can. But all these guys have a lot bigger job at hand, and a lot more time constraints. You hate to be a distraction at the same time. The things that have to do with me can be put off until after the season. Now, the objective is to beat St. Louis.

Q: Why did you make it a point to want to stay here and rehab?

Smith: I think just doing it right. It all comes back to that. You know, finishing things, and things I’ve been taught since I was a little kid. I don’t want to do anything half-ass, just getting everything done, doing it right and working hard and achieving a goal. And I came here to be a great player, and to accomplish that. And, obviously, I’ve had some setbacks and things have gotten in my way, and I’m working my way around them. I want to get back out here, and that’s something that really inspires me, that really gets me going. I think it’s easy to look at some alternative choices. It’s easy to take those. But I really feel the right thing to do is to do it the right way.

Q: You think your future will hinge on the direction the team goes?

Smith: I think. I guess that’s what I think. Everything will start from there.

Q: Of course, you’ll be asked to make some sacrifices (pay cut), too . . .

Smith: Yeah, potentially, absolutely. I mean . . . yes.

Q: Is that something you’re willing to do?

Smith: Absolutely. Absolutely, I think . . .

Q: Do you think you have to re-invent yourself as a quarterback?

Smith: I think you learn from things you go through, so I don’t know if it’s necessarily re-inventing myself, but I’m constantly trying to get better — constantly re-evaluating things. I’m far different than I was four years ago in a lot of ways, going through what I’ve gone through. I have a different appreciation of things, a different outlook on things, a greater understanding of the game at this level — at the NFL level — what it takes and what it takes to play quarterback at this level. I think it’s not necessarily re-inventing but changing. You’re always evolving and trying to get better. And trying to improve.

Q: Do you feel like you have to change? Because after two seasons you were making progress, and then the injuries happened.

Smith: Yeah, absolutely. As much as you’re trying to let that shine through, I haven’t had that chance to let that shine through. It’s been kind of blocked out by injuries and not being able to play, and take those steps. It’s that as much as anything, just trying to show my true colors. I do think I’m constantly trying to learn it. I think I was naive in some ways as a rookie, coming into this league, about the game and a lot of different aspects. In that way, I think I’ve become better.

Q: Would it be hard to re-invent yourself here?

Smith: It would be harder, absolutely, without a doubt.

Q: Because of the fans?

Smith: Everything. When you come with that type of expectations, especially with me, coming with the expectations, and for the fans, as well. It comes with part of the territory, so absolutely I think it would be harder.

Q: Is that a challenge you might embrace?

Smith: It is. At the same time it’ll be difficult. I think it is something that gets me going. You start to get that chip on your shoulder, trying to prove everybody wrong.

Q: How has the culture changed here under Mike Singletary?

Smith: You know, it is difficult because I am a little more on the outside looking in, in that sense. I think Coach Singletary has done a great job from the sense of eliminating gray. If that makes sense. He’s doing a great job of . . . the players have a better understanding of what they’re being asked (to do) and what they’re responsible for, and what’s expected of them. I think in that sense, there’s less gray. He’s made it more black and white. Guys are a little more sure of what’s expected out of them, what their responsibilities are, what their job is and what they have to go do. That gets told to them pretty often by Coach Singletary. So I think that’s a good thing. Guys feel more comfortable with that. They know what they have to do, instead of always wondering. That might sound odd, considering we’re playing football, but I think it’s a very good thing.

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  • GCH

    I would not be opposed to seeing Alex back with us next year at all. The fact is Alex is only 24 and has many years left to prove his football worth. He has taken the right steps so far by saying all the right things, taking the pay cut, knowing it will be hard to win over the fans etc. As a fan I feel we need to get going in the direction that will imminently lead us to more wins, and I believe that will be with Hill. I mean they dangle this carrot in the form of a starting gig through out the whole preseason then some asshole named O'sullivan gets the nod WTF. Hill needs to finish out this season very strong so the coaches have no decision to make in the offseason. All I want is to win again is that asking for too much damnit.

  • http://www.49ersnews.com john

    If Hill is not the starting QB next season the Yorks need to sell the team!

  • Texas9er

    John, I don’t see a problem with Hill starting next year. He isn’t the best looking QB when he plays and his mechanics need work but he does One think that we haven’t had since 2002 and that is win games. He would rather take a sack than turn the ball over and he doesn’t throw interceptions. I can’t remember the last time I watched a game and not worried about the ball being intercepted since he has been QB. He may not be the future but I think he is good enough to be the starter for the next couple of years. We should draft a QB later in the draft and let him sit and learn for while like the Packers did with Aaron Rodgers. As for Alex Smith I don’t mind him coming back but he better take a pay cut and he needs to learn how to be a Quarterback. I think he is a good backup if you need him to start for a couple of games but as for the future starter for the 49ers I think his time has passed. I like Curtis Painter form Purdue or the QB from Ball State as a late round pickup. PS What happened to ADAM I have read any of his retarded remarks on here. Maybe the person who runs this website to my advice and kicked him of this bitch.

  • West

    Texas9er….. C. Painter would be a nice project, he has a quick release, nice arm & size an has shown he could be on target. He had a bad senior year but this is good for the 9ers, should be there in a later round. With sometime to SIT and LEARN the game he should be good.

    Since McCoy wont be coming out!

  • LOTTIE901

    I DONT MEAN ANY HARM WHEN I SAY THIS BUT “TO ALL” 49ERS FANS THAT WOULD NOT MIND ALEXIS SMITH BEING BACK ON THE TEAM NEXT YEAR SHOULD JUST LET IT GO!!! HE IS A BUST! STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE INVESTED IN HIM BECAUSE AS FANS WE DO NOT PAY HIM THATS THE YORKS JOB. QUIT SAYING, “WELL HE IS A NUMBER 1 PICK” BECAUSE THAT MEANS NOTHING. TEAMS TAKE A CHANCE ON ALL PLAYERS IN THE DRAFT. IF ITS THE NO. 1 PICK OR NOT! TEAMS DONT KNOW IF THEY HAVE A GOOD CHOICE OR A BUST! IN THE 49ERS CASE, HES A BUST! IM TIRED OF HEARING HOW MANY COORDINATORS HE HAS HAD SINCE HE HAS BEEN WITH THE TEAM. SHAUN HILL HAD TO LEARN THE SYSTEM AND WE SEE WHAT HES DOING. IT DOESNT MATTER HOW LONG SHAUN HAS BEEN IN THE NFL, IF YOU AINT SH*T, YOU AINT SH*T!!! THERE IS NOTHING THAT IVE SEEN FROM ALEXIS THAT SHOWS ME HE WILL BE A GOOD QB & A LEADER ON THE TEAM. THE PLAYERS DONT BELIEVE IN ALEXIS!!! IF FRANK GORE HAD NOT HAD THE SEASON THAT HE HAD WITH NORV TURNER WHEN THE NINERS FINISHED 7-9, THERE IS NOWAY SMITH WOULD HAVE HAD 16TDS. ALL THEY RAN FOR SMITH WERE BOOTLEGS AND PLAY ACTION. THE MAN THREW 16INTS & BLEW 3 “COUNT’EM” 3 GAMES FOR US FANS. WE NEED TO GET ALL THE LOSERS OFF OUR TEAM A.S.A.P. & THAT INCLUDES MR. GLASS, ALEXIS, SIMMS, ROMAN, NUMBER 47 SORRY ASS, RAY MCDONALD AND RON FIELDS. WE ALSO NEED A REAL FULLBACK. THIS IS JUST THE WAY I SEE IT.

  • baqui

    he is could fight for the 2nd qb role with sullivan we got great backup qbs we just need a good qb who can step up, but the problem is the defense now on madden 09 we only got 70!

  • http://niners Medford

    HEY PUNDIT WHERE IS THE STORY ABOUT JOE STARKEY? Starkey is a great announcer and a great person. Who could we get to call games? Sad Sad Sad! Maybe that stupid Ralph is happy now all he could is make fun of Starkey everytime he got the chance fucken stupid little Mazda Miata driving retard. Maybe people should start calling Ralph Barberi a lousy radio guy cause actually he is he goes off on stuff no one gives a shit about. THANK YOU STARKEY FOR ALL THAT YOU DID AND BY MAKING LISTING TO THE RADIO FUN!!!

  • 9ermanforlife

    simply put.. fuck alex smith

  • Rob

    I wouldn’t have a problem with Smith coming back next year, but he would have to earn the starting job. And, with the job Hill has been doing, that would be tough. Which means he would have to be willing to be a backup, if necessary, and be paid accordingly.

    All I know is, Smith or no Smith, Hill or no Hill, we NEED to take a QB high in the draft this year. And, picking up a good QB in FA wouldn’t hurt. Hill is a good starting QB for the short term. O’Sullivan & Smith would be ok backups. Another QB to mix things up would be a good idea. Then, before the season next year we let go of a few QBs. So what? At least then we know we would have at least one or two good QBs on the roster.

  • Lowrance

    I, too, don’t have a problem with Smith coming back at a lower rate. Never would have had a chance with Nolan. And the last comments suggest too much political stuff going on. Kind of like what Nolan did when he hold a press conference…. With Singletary, there’s no question where you stand…ask VD….lol
    Singletary, if he’s here which better happen, will give him a fair shake if he’s healthy. He needs confidence though. I like the statement of the chip on his shoulder. Makes me think of Jeff Garcia.
    I say fix the lines first before drafting a QB. Every QB will look better if he’s not on his back all the time. Get us a left tackle and shift Staley to right. The line plays so much better for Singletary. Bout friggin time……

  • Lowrance

    when he ‘would” hold….

    Get several linemen…. they keep falling like flies…. and we don’t need anymore Kwame or Simms types….

  • Bobby Boucher

    I think Alex saying he would like to be back as a niner, and realizes he will have to take a pay cut, is great. We have invested too much in him to just watch him go elsewhere and flourish. Not just money,but time. Let him come back at minimum salary and see where the chips fall. His IQ is really high, and now he knows four different NFL systems. No college QB is going to do for us next year what Alex has the potential of doing. I think Hill is doing a great job for us this year and hope he keeps improving. It will be his job to lose next year. But QBs get hurt, and having a capable backup is important. Smith is at least that.

  • http://aaroninguam@yahoo.com Medford

    Guess no one cares about Starkey except for me. Who cares what Alex Smith does???? Hill is the starter and draft a QB plain and simple!!!

  • Ethan

    Unless we get an offensive line that can block for 10 seconds, then its time to part ways with Alex Smith. He takes too long to make his reads and by then his is kissing grass. Hill is much quicker in picking out a target and has shown the ability to WIN. Not much has been said about Martz and his decision to pick Just Turnover O’Sullivan over Hill to be starting quarterback. Why is Martz still with the team? If the Niners had started Hill from the beginning of the season they would have been in the playoffs.

  • Amir812

    SMITH GO BACK TO UTAH AND FINISH SCHOOL. THE FOOTBALL FIELD IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU!!! THANK FOR NOTHING BYE BYE. I AM A BETTER QB THEN YOU… WAIT WHO ISNT LMAO

  • gondoman

    C’mon you people why knock Alex, Joe Montana would have failed with
    that O line perhaps the worst in the league for many years, they couldn’t pass block run block or do anything but get beat, they started finally looking better when singletary got on, but they still need to get alot better, and quit holding, Poor Frank Gore on with that Lousy Line has to find a 3 inch crack to run through could
    you imagine him on the Giants or any Team with a good O line. there
    Line is the Problem numero uno!!!!! Fix it add one more quality
    wide receiver and there in the playoffs with ease !!!!!!

  • UTES&NINERFAN-SLC

    Alex Smith is a victim of a crappy o-line, bad coaching, new O.C.’s every year, injuries, and some team politics. I don’t know if he’s a bust yet. Does anybody? I saw him for 2 years at Utah with the Urban Meyer system and still thought he had the the goods for the NFL (so did the Niners. The only thing I saw while watching Alex play for the Niners is he looked lost at times in the pocket. His Norv Turner year was promising…… If he takes a huge, and I mean huge pay cut and proves himself, great. If not, Bye Alex, you will always be a Ute legend.

  • Niner Pundit

    Unknown Stuntman is looking like the sites Nostradameus…

  • Gumionday

    I can’t wait to see Andy Lee hit Jesus in the nuts