Nobody around 49ers headquarters is pointing fingers at Smith, who made his first home start in more than two years. San Francisco’s No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005 out of Utah, Smith was promoted back into the starting role at halftime of the 49ers’ loss at Houston on Oct. 25 when Singletary benched Shaun Hill(notes).
“That throw Alex made, it wasn’t on Alex and it wasn’t really on the receiver,” tight end Vernon Davis(notes) said. “Obviously, receivers have got to catch the ball but that’s just something that happens sometimes.”
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said Tuesday there’s not a lot that can be coached in practice when it comes to tipped balls. Often, getting possession on such plays is a matter of luck. Lately, it’s the defense that’s been able to capitalize.
“Alex Smith has done some good things, another athlete at the position,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday. “He had a few interceptions last week but a couple of them were off deflections. His mobility causes you problems.”
[ Edited by nickbradley on Nov 11, 2009 at 08:06:10 ]