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Game Vs. 49ers: QB Alex Smith

On what happened after he was told he was being removed from the game: "I'm not really sure. Some things were going on on the sideline. Obviously, (Head) Coach (Mike Singletary) and I talked and I went back out there. It kind of blurred a little bit, to be honest with you."

On what he told Singletary: "It's kind of between me and him there on the sideline. Obviously I was frustrated, but didn't want to come out of the game at that point."

On whether he would characterize the exchange as an argument or disagreement:"It was a discussion. We weren't seeing eye-to-eye the whole time. But, it's kind of between us."

On whether he spoke with Singletary again after the game:"Yes. I just came from there."

On the message from that conversation: "Just kind of going through the game. Kind of lots of different stuff."

On whether he had to convince Singletary not to take him out of the game:"You'd have to ask him I guess. I don't really know what he was thinking."

On whether it was his perception that he was coming out of the game: "Yes."

On whether he convinced Singletary:"Once again, that's a question for him."

On Singletary hearing from him what Singletary needed to hear:"I'm not sure what he was looking for either. Obviously, I was frustrated at the time, frustrated with myself, frustrated with my play but didn't feel like he gave us a chance with me coming out. I felt like it wasn't right, was basically what I told him."

On what he and TE Vernon Davis spoke about: "Just different stuff. I guess I couldn't tell you verbatim. Trying to stay positive at that point."

On how he responded after that: "It's still a loss. Came back, threw the two touchdowns. Had a chance there with the return to – I mean, at the end, hit Vernon down the middle and we were closer to field goal range. Didn't get it done though. So, again, you look at the stats and say different things. We had a chance to win there, or at least put it into overtime but didn't get it done."

On what it's like to be booed by the fans: "You know, to be totally honest, I guess I anticipated that question. They're sports fans. We're all proud. They bought tickets out. I'd be pretty frustrated. I'd be pretty pissed off too. I was. I was pissed off at myself. I don't think you can boo yourself though. But, we're better than that. I'm better than that. That fumble was trying to do way too much. It was a stupid play, trying to throw the ball away there. It was pretty much the nail in the coffin. (INAUDIBLE) So, they have the right to boo."

On whether he saw the defender coming: "No, I did. I just thought I had enough time to flip it over and get it past the line of scrimmage was all I was thinking. Picked up the pressure with the adjustment we made, and I ended up scrambling out left trying to make something happen and literally realized all of a sudden I was in a bad situation giving ground trying to get around him. I didn't want to take a 10-yard sack was my mind. When you're mind is going in slow motion, I'll throw the ball away or I'll take this big loss. I thought I could try and get it out, and obviously it was a bad decision to say the least."

On whether he expects to be the starting quarterback next week: "Until he tells me I'm not, absolutely."

On how he can get to the point where he's not making the mistake of trying to do too much consistently:"That's a good question. I mean, it's cliché, you talk about letting things come to you as a quarterback, reading the defense, not pressing is a big thing. I think at that point in the game, it was easy to get frustrated. We hadn't done much up until that point, especially in the second half. We finally put a couple of plays together and got towards midfield. I think we were pressing before we had to, premature. We were down seven points. If you keep it a one-score game, it can come down to the last possession, just like the Saints, so not a time to press. Worst scenario, you make the decision to get out of there, it turns bad. Those are things… When you get behind it becomes harder, you know, when you're losing, it becomes harder not to press. You have to stay patient as a quarterback, and as an offense in general, all of us. It's easy to get frustrated. It doesn't help you as an offense at all, to try and press and force the issue. In a one-score game, perfect example of pressing."

On whether his mindset when he went back in after the Singletary discussion was, "I'm the starter, I shouldn't be having this conversation":"Yeah, I thought a lot of things. I think definitely that. I think I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really frustrated with myself at that point. Knowing I'm better than that. There's no question. It was for my teammates, it was for myself as far as, they had a right to be frustrated. For all of the above. I think you go out there and you try to play good football, not try to do too much."

On whether more changes necessary than just firing former offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye to turn season around: "Who knows. Right now, we're 0-5. What we're doing is not working, but if you take a look at our division, we're in a unique situation, I think. 0-5, right now, we've got to get some things cranking, obviously."

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