A quarterback switch is common place when a team is struggling but the San Francisco 49ers appeared to be one of the best teams in the NFL. When Alex Smith was concussed in a game against the St. Louis Rams in Week 10 he found out how quickly one can be replaced in the NFL.
“I mean, it sucks. I don’t know what else to say,” Smith said Thursday, per Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Smith was fifth in quarterback rating and led the NFL in completion percentage at the time of the injury. Since the team turned to Colin Kaepernick at the quarterback position they have won two consecutive games.
“It stings the most just because I really felt there was something special going on here, and you sacrifice and invest so much time,” Smith added, via The Associated Press. “… I have no idea what’s going to happen from here. All I can do now is just prepare and get ready.”
The 49ers attempted to land Peyton Manning this off-season as an upgrade over Smith. Once Manning signed with the Denver Broncos the 49ers re-signed Smith. All signs point to his release prior to the 2013 season.
San Francisco (8-2-1) will travel to St. Louis for a 1 p.m. EST game on Sunday. They are firmly in control of the NFC West.