Mistake-laden Smith forges ahead to face Bears
November 11, 2009
SANTA CLARA – Alex Smith briefly watched film of Sunday’s game before moving on to the next task: the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at Candlestick Park.
The quick turnaround meant San Francisco’s quarterback had little time to nitpick his turnover-plagued performance in last weekend’s loss to the Tennessee Titans – and he figures that’s a good thing.
The 49ers (3-5), mired in a four-game losing streak and two games out of first place in the NFC West after leading the division last month, are desperate to save their season starting now.
Coach Mike Singletary still believes he has a playoff team, and he’s counting on Smith to take charge of the offense in primetime Thursday and get things back on track. Aside from four turnovers, including three interceptions by Smith, Singletary saw a lot of positives from the offense against Tennessee.
While Smith would like to have a few plays back, as is typically the case with any quarterback each week, he was his same laid-back self Tuesday. Smith did acknowledge the urgency to win Thursday.
“When I rehashed the game in my mind, it looked very similar to what I looked at when I turned on the tape, which is a good thing,” Smith said. “I felt like I saw everything well. A couple of balls were thrown tight – there was one on