Former Niners QB Smith Says San Francisco Run Wasn’t Going to Last Forever

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Alex Smith calls it “crazy” how many other players – and coaches — have left the 49ers in the past two years, Cam Inman of Bayareanewsgroup reports.

Traded in March 2013 to the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith says the ensuing exodus of other 49ers actually was somewhat predictable.

“I knew, for sure, some of those defensive players we wouldn’t be able to keep around, just contract-wise and years-wise, like Dashon (Goldson) and Justin (Smith),” Smith said after Tuesday’s practice round at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

“You knew some of that wasn’t going to last forever,” Smith continued. “We weren’t going to be able to hold it altogether from a cap standpoint and the years standpoint. You knew that was going to change.”

Only seven starters remain from their 2012 team that reached Super Bowl XLVII, as well as eight backups. Add it up (or subtract it) and only 15 players are left from that 53-man roster, which lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.

“There’s a ton of turnover everywhere,” Smith countered. “I’d be interested to see what the league average is. I’m sure it’s a lot. It’s more than people realize, I think.”

As for the 49ers’ split with coach Jim Harbaugh after last season, Smith reflected on how well Harbaugh related to him and other quarterbacks during their two seasons together, in 2011 and ’12.

“That’s the thing I really appreciated about him: he had such a good understanding of the minutia that can be back there, and you’re trying to sort it out and make good decisions,” Smith said. “You do control so much. You have the ball in your hands, and you can change the game like that, good and bad.

“It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s not always clear. He did a good job trying to coach through all that and all the different scenarios.”

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