San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith can rest easy for a few days as his first-place team (6-2) is in the midst of their bye week.
It doesn't mean the haters aren't still out there.
Just a few weeks ago, Sports Illustrated questioned Smith's confidence and mindset in a victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
"For it to come from [reporter Jim Trotter] who's around here only a couple times a year, and he writes that article, I felt it was bogus," Smith told the San Jose Mercury News Thursday.
Later in the day, Smith, who has 12 touchdowns and only five interceptions, told Playbook, "My focus has always been on my teammates and preparing myself. I can't worry about others' reactions. If that's why you're playing, that's a bad thing."
The Niners report back Tuesday to prepare for the St. Louis Rams. Until then, Smith will head to Disneyland with the family and make some media rounds talking about his "acting" in the latest Visa NFL Fan commercial.
Smith, along with teammate Patrick Willis and coach Jim Harbaugh, take part in the commercial, which showcases how a fan can experience a gameday speech delivered by Harbaugh.
Smith had no lines but had a few smirks. He said he still knows what it's like to be a fan.
This week, he celebrated the San Francisco Giants' World Series win with them.
"I'm a big baseball fan and I was part of the championship parade and I've been in the locker room and even threw out the first pitch once," Smith said. "I'll remember that for the rest of my life. I know what it's like to be a fan."