SANTA CLARA — Alex Smith just spoke in the locker room. Here’s what he said.
Q: How was the news delivered to you yesterday?
ALEX SMITH: It sucks. I don’t know what else to say.
Q: Did Jim tell the two of you together?
ALEX SMITH: Yeah.
Q: Were you prepared for it?
ALEX SMITH: For sure. I knew just based off the way things have gone the last couple weeks. Didn’t know what was going to happen, but knew that was a possibility.
Q: Is there anything you can say in terms of stating your case?
ALEX SMITH: No. I don’t think talk is the way to do it. You state your case with your play, and I think I’ve done that. I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion.
Q: Do you hold any resentment toward Jim Harbaugh for making that decision?
ALEX SMITH: No resentment. I don’t get to make those decisions. That’s what he gets paid to do. He’s the coach. I play football. I’ll continue to get ready and make the most of my next opportunity.
Q: Are you believer in the adage that you don’t lose your job to an injury?
ALEX SMITH: That’s not something I really think about. This game is about opportunities and making the most of them.
Q: Do you think you’ll be given another opportunity this year?
ALEX SMITH: I have no idea. All I can do is just prepare and get ready.
Q: Does it make it easier or more difficult the way this happened, considering you last full game you were offensive player of the week?
ALEX SMITH: Yeah, it’s tough. You kind of state your case with your play – I feel like I’ve done that. So, in that sense it is tough.
Q: In the past, there have been coaches who have told you there are better quarterbacks for the job. Does the fact that it’s Harbaugh saying it make it sting more?
ALEX SMITH: I don’t know about that. It stings the most because I really feel like there’s something special going on here. You sacrifice and invest so much time. Like I said, I really feel like I haven’t done anything besides get a concussion to really facilitate this. Feel like I’ve been playing good football.
Q: How will you handle this going forward?
ALEX SMITH: I’m in the middle of it right now. I just found out a couple days ago. It sucks, to be honest.
Q: Did you get a full explanation from Harbaugh?
ALEX SMITH: Oh yeah. It wasn’t a one-sentence thing. He explained where he was coming from. Felt like it was a difficult situation, but wanted to go in this direction.
Q: Did you try to talk him out of it?
ALEX SMITH: No. What’s talk going to do? Felt like he made up his mind. He’s not a guy who didn’t put thought into it already.