We discussed in this space not too long ago that this may be a make-or-break season for 49ers QB Alex Smith. Earlier this week we heard from 49ers owner Jed York, who believes an improved supporting cast will allow Smith to become a “much better player.”
Many believe a second season in the same offensive system under OC Jimmy Raye will result in success for Smith, the former No. 1 overall pick who has reclaimed his starting spot heading into his sixth NFL season. Smith told NFL Network analyst Rod Woodson that he has learned to deal with the pressure and his trials have helped him gain perspective.
“I guess the good thing for me — I’ll be totally honest — I’ve been through so much stuff here in the last five years, that right now, honestly, it’s no sweat. I don’t even think about [the past],” Smith said. “I’m really trying to go out there and help this team win. When you’re a No. 1 pick, you come to the San Francisco 49ers, and you’ve gone through some of the things I’ve gone through, it puts things in perspective for me. I don’t pay attention to some of the stuff out there, I don’t pay attention to a lot of the other things out there. I’ve been able to narrow my focus … on what I need to do to take this team to the next level.”