KANSAS CITY, Mo. To many outside observers, it appeared Alex Smith was somewhat OK with his benching last fall in San Francisco.
In fact, teammates lauded Smith for his unselfishness and his team-first attitude after he was replaced by Colin Kaepernick.
Well, the truth is, Smith may have been unselfish and a great teammate at the time, but he was anything but OK with the benching. At least that is what Smith indicated Wednesday as he was introduced as the new Chiefs' starting quarterback at the team's training facility.
"When the season was over," Smith said, "I just let the 49ers know that I didn't consider myself a backup in this league. And I wasn't going to sit on the bench. They let me know they weren't going to release me.
"So that led to what happened (the trade to the Chiefs). I couldn't be happier now."
Smith did acknowledge that he tried to be the best teammate he could during that awkward time of getting benched.