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07:59 AM ET 07.06 | Among Jim Harbaugh's least favorite offseason topics is that of San Francisco's interest in Peyton Manning, and yet it might lead to more out of Alex Smith. The 49ers and Smith were slow to agree to a contract deal. And before they did, the 49ers pursued [Manning], who eventually chose to sign with the Broncos. Smith [on Thursday] reiterated that there were no hard feelings between him and Harbaugh. But he did allow that the episode was "a little awkward" for a week or so and will serve as motivation. "Certainly there are a lot of forms of motivation," said Smith, who eventually signed a three-year deal with the 49ers. "I guess that's there a little bit as far as motivation."

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July 6, 2012  08:13 AM ET

Didn't Harbaugh try to spin the "pursuit" that wasn't?

July 6, 2012  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And this is a story Why ?????

Just reminding us that the sky is blue.

July 6, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Even though he had a great resurgence last year, it just reminds him, he's still Alex Smith. Enjoy every paycheck.

July 6, 2012  08:31 AM ET

At least we don't have to look at Harbaugh's shiteating grin this morning.

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July 6, 2012  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

At least we don't have to look at Harbaugh's shiteating grin this morning.

+1

July 6, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And this is a story Why ?????

Because it's still 2 months before the games start, a few weeks before pre-season, it's Friday, and we all deserve a good horse-laugh.

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July 6, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And this is a story Why ?????

If Harbaugh hadn't made a fool out of himself by denying that they tried to get Manning, it probably isn't a story. Since he did, the press is going to keep dredging it up until something better comes along.

July 6, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Smith is human, and I can understand his feelings. Now he just has to prove he can be a No1 quarterback. I admit I have doubts about that.

July 6, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Pro athletes are idiots. If you need more motivation than getting to play a child's game for ridiculous sums of money in front of adoring fans, then you should maybe get a life.

July 6, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Smith is human, and I can understand his feelings. Now he just has to prove he can be a No1 quarterback. I admit I have doubts about that.

I don't understand it since his coach said they did not pursue Manning.

July 6, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Smith is human, and I can understand his feelings. Now he just has to prove he can be a No1 quarterback. I admit I have doubts about that.

I don't understand it since his coach said they did not pursue Manning.

July 6, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Get Over It and Play Football, part of the game is the replacement process!

July 6, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Even though he had a great resurgence last year, it just reminds him, he's still Alex Smith. Enjoy every paycheck.

Shame when your great resurgence is being a good "game manager" and allowing your FG kicker to set the all time mark for a seaon bc u cant get your offense in the end zone..

Sorry, Im just a little upset bc of those Cam Newton remarks he made..

July 6, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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Smith is human, and I can understand his feelings. Now he just has to prove he can be a No1 quarterback. I admit I have doubts about that.

He's proved he can be a No. 1 quarterback, but he hasn't shown that he can do that consistently. This will be a telling year for him. He's got a lot of talent around him, and based on last year's records he plays in kind of a girlie division. The challenge will be to beat some of the #1 teams outside the division.

If last year's record was because of a soft schedule, they could end up winning the division with kind of a blah 9-7 or 10-6 record, but if they're really as good as they like to think they are, 14-2 or thereabouts should be achievable.

July 6, 2012  10:31 AM ET

Smith reacted as many of us probably would and became upset that the 49ers pursued Manning. Meanwhile, the Broncos not only pursued Manning but actually acquired him, leading to Tebow's unceremonious departure from Denver just weeks after leading the Broncos to their improbable playoff victory over the Steelers, yet Tebow never even hinted at the slightest criticism of either the Broncos or Elway. This isn't a knock of Smith, but rather an acknowledgement of Tebow's exemplary professionalism in the midst of a difficult situation. Just another reason why the vitriol that's often directed at Tebow seems so perplexing.

 
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