Joe Staley says Alex Smith is feeling pretty good about himself

SANTA CLARA – Joe Staley spoke at his locker Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said about Alex Smith.

Q: Did you see your coach’s “gobble, gobble, turkey” quote about criticism directed toward Alex Smith?

STALEY: I did.

Q: Has he ever used that language with you guys?

STALEY: Never.

Q: Do you know what it meant?

STALEY: Just a lot of talk. Gobble, gobble. That’s never been an issue in the locker room. It’s just people talking.

Q: What year would go by without Alex Smith taking criticism?

STALEY: Never. He’s won 19 games in the last two years, and people still question whether he’s a leader of this football team. There’s no question in our locker room or on our team – he’s our quarterback.

Q: He downplayed his finger injury. Can you tell if it’s affected him?

STALEY: I don’t think it’s been an issue. He never brought it up once. If it was, that would be stupid. It’s a finger (laughs).

Q: He’s a quarterback.

STALEY: Who cares? (More laughs).

Q: Do you ever encourage Alex to go on twitter and defend himself?

STALEY: No, he would never go on twitter. Although, on the flight he was checking out twitter because he was trending, I guess. That’s a big deal (laughs).

Q: You caught him looking at it?

STALEY: Yeah, he sits next to me on the plane. It was very out of character for him. I guess he was feeling pretty good about himself.

Q: Is Alex Smith your ghostwriter on twitter?

STALEY: No, but I’ve offered to ghostwrite his account. He’s not into it.

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