“Camp Alex” wrapped up in the Bay Area Thursday, with 49ers quarterback Alex Smith delivering a final message to his teammates as part of his role as quarterback/coach/strength coach/shaman of the 49ers organization.
“We’re behind. . . . . The longer this [lockout] goes on, the more we’re screwed,” Smith told the squad via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
We agree. Teams with new coaching staffs are going to be hit the hardest. That’s why having some continuity with personnel helps, and partly why Smith will return to San Francisco again.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that Smith decided to re-sign with the 49ers before April 29, when the lockout was briefly lifted. (Smith hasn’t actually re-signed yet.)
Smith also addressed his recent remarks about Michael Crabtree, when he seemingly criticized the receiver for not working out with the team. Smith said he called Crabtree to apologize, and was disappointed in how the remarks sounded, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Rookie Colin Kaepernick did not throw at this week’s practices and isn’t yet 100% recovered from leg surgery.
That’s another reminder that the 49ers are Alex Smith’s team for now, for better or worse.