While racing around the golf course in South Lake Tahoe yesterday, I ran into San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith. So, while he walked from the 18th green to the first tee (making the turn), we caught up on the 49ers offseason.
In between signing autographs and dodging stray carts, Smith came off as a guy pumped to get going. Considering his team added weapons like Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, I can’t blame him.
“Love it, love it,” Smith told me when I asked what he thought of the new additions. “We had a great offseason, a lot of new faces came in, really fit in. But this is the time when real football starts, put the pads on and we’ll see what everybody’s got.“
Moss’ future with the team isn’t clear, but he has impressed early on. If that continues, he could be a real treat for 49ers fans to watch… and for QBs to throw to.
“He’s been a blast on the field and off the field,” Smith said of Moss. “Great guy, great teammate, catches everything, makes you look good as a quarterback, so it’s been great.”
The 49ers lost in the playoffs in crushing fashion to the Giants. And Smith admitted, “That bitter taste is still there.”
“But at that same point, you gotta just press delete, doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “You get to that opening game knowing it doesn’t matter how many games you won the year before you got in the playoffs. That’s the great thing about the NFL. A new year and you have to reprove yourself.“
What’s his team’s mindset going into camp?
“Well, from Day 1, we stay short-sighted, get off to a great start,” Smith said, “First practice, first meeting and just take it from there. We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves, I mean with camp, the mentality is, a practice at a time and just get better.“
Then Smith lined up and crushed a drive. Man, he hits it far.