When asked if he believes in karma Alex Smith smiled. That's something he does a lot these days.
"No" Smith said. "But I do believe in hard work and doing things the right way. Over time if it's karma or whatever you want to call it I think doing things the right way working hard and focusing on the details makes good things happen."
Good things are happening to Smith. After an emotionally wrenching season when he was jettisoned by the only NFL team he'd ever known he is now the quarterback of the 5-0 Chiefs. The Chiefs appreciate and have complete faith in him. That's something he never really had in eight tumultuous years with the 49ers.
Friday in a post-practice interview at the Chiefs' training complex Smith was relaxed. After being instrumental in the turnaround of the hapless 49ers Smith has another reclamation project.
"I know what it's like to get that wheel turning slowly and then getting some momentum" he said. "I feel like this is almost an identical situation to 2011...