Alex Smith always considered the boos from his home crowd just part of the territory as an NFL quarterback.
He’d rather hear something than nothing at all to know they truly care.
For all those unfriendly jabs and the constant criticism he has endured in a roller coaster seven-year NFL career, Smith is suddenly giving people plenty to cheer about so far this season for surprising San Francisco (3-1).
The 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick is thriving under new coach Jim Harbaugh’s guidance, rallying the 49ers from a 20-point third-quarter deficit to win at Philadelphia on Sunday. He hopes to continue that progress through a tough home test Sunday against Tampa Bay, which is also 3-1 and whipped the Niners 21-0 last November at Candlestick Park.