Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/17/14

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS -- It's been 10 games since Alex Smith started for the 49ers, and most of the reminders that Colin Kaepernick is No. 1 on the depth chart aren't so subtle. Take Wednesday morning, for example. Players were scattered throughout a ballroom at their hotel after coach Jim Harbaugh ended a press conference with a horde of media. Prominent players were given podiums and those like Pro Bowl talents Patrick Willis and Joe Staley were greeted with layers of cameras and microphones from their position on the risers. Being the starting quarterback at the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick got a stage of his own, too. Smith? He was seated with peripheral roster fillers and backups at his own round table, about eight feet in diameter with nine chairs encircling the table. Subtle it wasn't, but a stark reminder to the popular captain that the show isn't his. "The podium thing is kind of funny. Pick your battles," said Smith, smirking while surveying the la...
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