A day before the 49ers were set to play the Tampa Bay Bucs, Alex Smith called a bit of a timeout.
Yes, the 49ers had put together back-to-back comeback wins on the road.
Yes, the team was 3-1 and looking as if it were starting to gain momentum under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh.
And yes, almost everyone on the team who’s been around for a bit is saying this season somehow feels “different.”
Yet Smith urged caution.
“If you start feeling really good about yourself, it would be crazy,” Smith told the Oakland Tribune Saturday. “It’s still very early. We have to get better, absolutely.”
Get better? Feel good?
There was plenty of both Sunday at Candlestick Park, as the 49ers overwhelmed a division-leading Bucs team that had been 3-1, outscoring Tampa Bay 48-3.
San Francisco was dominant on both sides of the ball to move to 4-1 this season and set up quite a clash next Sunday in Michigan against the Lions, who are 4-0 going into their Monday night game against the Bears.