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Alex Smith says critics “have no idea what’s going on around here”


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  “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.

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20 Responses to “Alex Smith says critics “have no idea what’s going on around here””
  1. axespray says: Oct 25, 2012 6:20 PM

    Dude has a point…
    San Fran’s fans/or media seem too trigger happy to turn on him whenever he has “a” bad game…
    Should support the dude during the tough times, not turn on him….

    now if he plays awful for several weeks in a row, BENCH HIM!

  2. sd1024 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:22 PM

    Do the Cardinals have fans now?

  3. niners816 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:30 PM

    As a Niners fan and Alex supporter, I have an idea what’s going on: you’re looking like the old Alex that couldn’t hit water if you fell out of a boat. They gave you plenty of targets, use them. Quit throwing the ball to the wrong jersey. If we continue to let Gore be 60% of the offense we won’t be going anywhere. Man up and throw the ball. Go Niners!

  4. surfer9er says: Oct 25, 2012 6:32 PM

    Really can’t expect much from a mediocre QB — that is what Alex Smith is — a mediocre, game-manager NFL QB

  5. gregm5s7 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:45 PM

    Media: shhh

  6. tindeaux says: Oct 25, 2012 6:45 PM

    critics “have no idea whats going on around here,” perhaps! But they have lots of ideas when you don’t perform! First overall? Which other way to spell “bust”?

  7. bobhk says: Oct 25, 2012 6:50 PM

    Cardinals?? Yawn…who cares!

  8. prmpft says: Oct 25, 2012 6:51 PM

    Nor does he!

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 25, 2012 7:20 PM

    Smith getting a bit irritated about the flashing sign on the scoreboard during road games that keeps asking “How is your confidence, Alex?”. Over and over.

  10. teal379 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    Alex Smith says critics “have no idea what’s going on around here”

    Really – for 90% of your career, neither did you Alex, best cut them some slack like the 49’rs did you for the last several years.

  11. ninerdynasty says: Oct 25, 2012 8:29 PM

    OF course his confidence is the same.. he hasnt changed one bit! same Alex smith of every year just with a better team that wins games for him. Lets face it, all those wins have not been because of him.. and the loses.. he did nothing to even make the game close.. when the D has a bad day.. alex cant carry the team.. Alex smith apologist can thumb me down all they want.. but it is the truth.. this team deserves better.

  12. mjkelly77 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:35 PM

    Wow. My comments keep getting deleted maybe because they’re too true and the language too vividly expresses that truth? I’ll soften it up. Again.

    Why would Smith have any confidence? Hairbough threw Smith under the bus by clearly chasing after Manning with the intension of signing him as the 49ers quarterback. Hairbough’s erratic sideline behaviour also raises questions regarding his stability as well. I wonder how anyone can play for Hairbough given that some might say he lacks integrity.

  13. realninerfan22 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:46 PM

    All these Alex smith haters. For a below average sucking qb he sures has a lot of haters. 5-2 is the only stat that matters. One of you virgins tell me what Tom Brady, Romo, and Rodgers numbers were against rhe hawks.

  14. favresweiner says: Oct 25, 2012 9:15 PM

    Alex constantly checks the ball down without letting the deep play develop. He never throws the football vertically and once the opponents take the short passes away, he struggles.

  15. java49 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    Hairbough huh? thats clever.. I’d delete your comments too when you think of such elementary put downs

  16. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    mjkelly77 …. A Lions fan


    Pathetic that you post on almost every Niner story to criticize either Harbaugh or Smith , when your sheet team is at the bottom of your division. And Hairbough is neither a cruel insult or funny joke.

    Jim Schwartz however is a cruel joke.

  17. ninerdynasty says: Oct 25, 2012 10:16 PM

    realninerfan22 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:46 PM

    All these Alex smith haters. For a below average sucking qb he sures has a lot of haters. 5-2 is the only stat that matters. One of you virgins tell me what Tom Brady, Romo, and Rodgers numbers were against rhe hawks.
    none of those QBs played the hawks at home where they are an aveg team.. yes, the hawks have a good D; when they play in their own home field. we’ll see what Smith does when the niners play them up in seattle.. i highly doubt he’ll do as good as any of those QBs u mentioned.

  18. gonickgo82 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    I was with him until he mentioned Tony Romo in the same sentence as Eli and Brady.

  19. aces79 says: Oct 26, 2012 4:13 PM

    ya i know what is going around there you suck Alex you bust and always will be

  20. allidoiswin55 says: Oct 28, 2012 10:57 AM

    49dynasty-” the Hawks have a good D at home. ”

    Good point but The Hawks have played good D EVETYWHERE ask Newton, Bradford, and or skelton/Kolb. The Hawks have self imploded on the road and lost bc of that but also have shut down QBS in ALL GAMES except Brady but they just gave up yards to him really. JS

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