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Again faced with expectations, Alex Smith blocks out doubters

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RICHMOND (WAVY) – Alex Smith led the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship game in 2012, and he heard he wasn’t the guy for the job. He led one of the NFL’s most potent offenses in Kanas City, and still, he heard he wasn’t a top-tier quarterback. 

Now faced with expectations in Washington, Smith will certainly hear those same doubters, but believes that’s par for the course. 

“That’s the nature of the game. That’s the nature of sports, though to try to please everybody, make everybody happy is unrealistic,” said Smith, who’s heading into his 13th NFL season. 

“I think you hear it. I’m  not naïve to anything. I think at the same time it’s not why I’m playing. I’m playing because of the challenges that faces every single team right now and every single quarterback, and I have to be the best I can be for this team.”

Smith enjoyed the best season of his career last year, throwing 4,042 yards and 26 touchdowns, both career-highs. He’s now given the task of turning around what was a losing season for Washington, who also missed the playoffs for a second straight year. 

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