49ers quarterback Alex Smith met with the media on Thursday, and he confidently addressed the question of whether the team’s last game, a hard-fought win over the Seahawks, damaged his confidence.
But first, he was curious about what they’re saying about his confidence.
Asked about those who have questioned his confidence, Smith said, “How’d they say it is?”
He then was told that they say it’s not good.
“I think people are reading into a lot of different stuff and have no idea what’s going on around here,” Smith said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “My confidence is no different than it was a week ago, than it was a month ago, than it was a year ago. No different. Games change week in and week out. There are people that expect the same thing over and over again. That was a good defense we played on Thursday night. We played them on a short week. You look at what they did versus a lot of good quarterbacks this year. Look what they did against Aaron [Rodgers], they beat Tom Brady. Look what they did against [Tony] Romo. I think people just . . . I don’t know what to think.”
One thing he know is that he doesn’t share the views of Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell regarding the existence of hatred in the rivalry.
“Hate is a strong word,” Smith said. “It is a strong word. I mean, they’re a division opponent. There’s a lot of history there. We play them twice a year. Great rivalry. Hate is word I wouldn’t use.”
Plenty of 49ers and Cardinals fans would disagree. We’ll see how it plays out on Monday night.