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Smith maximizing new opportunity

Originally Published: November 6, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

The most encouraging thing about Alex Smith -- now that he's the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback again -- is his attitude. He doesn't carry himself like a man whose career was on life support when the offseason began. He doesn't act like a beleaguered first-round pick who feels compelled to make something happen on every play. Smith simply behaves like he's back where he belongs. And that is the kind of confidence the 49ers sorely need at this point.

Smith made his first NFL start ...

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