NFL: Alex Smith Back in the Starter’s Role for 49ers

Posted: 29th October 2009 by David stephen in NFL
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Alex Smith's first NFL start was a putrid affair. Looking jittery and overmatched, the 49ers' rookie threw four interceptions, was sacked five times and had an 8.5 passer rating. When it was over, Colts cornerback Nick Harper said it was easy. "He stared down his first read," he said. "All we did was take it away." That's how they got four interceptions? "The goal was five," Harper replied. On Sunday in Indianapolis, Smith gets a chance to show how much he's grown up. He's the starter again, just in time for a rematch with the team that tormented him in a 28-3 defeat on Oct. 9, 2005. Asked on Wednesday to look back at his first game against the Colts, Smith smiled. "A lot has changed since then," he said. The 49ers sure hope so. This is the toughest game on their schedule. The Colts are 6- ...

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