San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith said Monday he “could have stayed” at quarterback during the 49ers bye week.
Smith, who was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Week on Monday, said his focus is on the 49er defense.
“I just want to stay positive,” Smith said.
“I’m not here to be in the headlines.
I’m not even here to talk about myself.
I just want us to get back out there and get it done.
We’re going to try to win.
I just wanted to keep that positive and not let that get to me.
We’re going into the bye week on a positive note, which is why I’m excited to be here.”
Smith said the 49res defense has been good this year.
They’re giving up just two touchdowns through the first three weeks of the season, and have allowed just two rushing scores through the same period.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Alex Smith is going to play great,” Smith added.
“How do you play when you’re in this position and you’re not playing well? “
You have to figure it out,” Smith continued.
“How do you play when you’re in this position and you’re not playing well?
I know it’s been a challenge, especially playing with Alex, and that’s something I’m really trying to figure that out.”
Smith, 33, is coming off a season that was hampered by a neck injury that sidelined him for two months.
He completed just 23 of 40 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown in a 31-24 loss to the New York Giants.
The 49ers (8-4) lost cornerback Tramaine Brock for the season with a torn ACL, and backup Justin Smith left the game with a shoulder injury after playing in his only game against the Giants.
Smith said it was the most difficult situation of his life to watch the 49es defense play.
Alex Smith says he’s “not here to make excuses” for his team’s poor start to the season.
“[I’m] just focused on getting back to my normal self and trying to do what I can to help the team,” Smith concluded.
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