Quarterback Alex Smith gained another confidence boost after being named one of six team captains for the 2010 regular season. The last time a 49ers quarterback was named a team captain was in 2007 when quarterback Trent Dilfer was under center. That year however Smith entered the season as the starting quarterback. A backup QB as a team leader? This shows how far Smith has come not only in his six year career but since 2007 when he was a starter but not a team captain.
“To get the acknowledgement you’re a captain — I’ve kind of been doing it the whole preseason, but to get officially named — is nice,” Smith said.
First-time captain Smith will join Vernon Davis, Eric Heitmann, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes as team leaders for the season. The biggest thing to take away from Smith being named a team captain is that the QB position on the 49ers that has been in such disarray since 2003 when Jeff Garcia was with the team is finally settled. Head coach Mike Singletary and offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye believe in Smith and his abilities to be a successful quarterback in the 49ers offense. They are not the type of coaches, especially Singletary, to just name a QB a starter even if he is not ready. Smith is poised and ready. His hard work in the off-season that he has carried over into the preseason will propel him away from the bust label.
“I didn’t name him a captain because he’s a quarterback. I named him a captain because he exemplified this offseason the things I want a quarterback to do — everything when you talk about the identity of the 49ers. He was out here when no one’s out here. He’s the guy who got the receivers together and threw to them and changed his schedule around to meet with some other receivers. He was not doing it once a day. He was doing it twice a day, as well as in the class room. He was wearing out Jimmy Raye and Mike Johnson all offseason,” Said Singletary.
Smith earned being named a team captain and he will earn himself a new contract with the 49ers at the end of the season. Mark my words: Smith may not make the Pro Bowl but he will put up Pro Bowl type numbers this season.
Topics: 2010 NFL Regular Season, 49ers, 49ers 2010 Off-season, 49ers Preseason, 49ers Season Preview 2010 Offense, Alex Smith, Alex Smith Named Team Captain, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Mike Singletary, San Francisco 49ers