49ers QB Alex Smith says benching 'sucks'

Injured 49ers quarterback Alex Smith walks onto the field prior to his team's game against the...

Injured 49ers quarterback Alex Smith walks onto the field prior to his team's game against the Bears at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012. (BECK DIEFENBACH/Reuters)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

How does it feel to lose your job as starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers?

"It sucks. I don't know what else to say," Alex Smith told reporters Thursday, his first public comments since head coach Jim Harbaugh replaced him with Colin Kaepernick.

Smith is not happy about it.

"You state your case with your play. I feel like I've done that. I feel like the only thing I did to lose my job was get a concussion."

That's what happened to Smith three games ago against the St. Louis Rams. Kaepernick went in and did OK. But in the next two games while Smith recovered, Kaepernick was dynamite, displaying a downfield passing aggressiveness and confidence that some say Smith has always lacked.

Harbaugh announced Wednesday that Kaepernick will start over a fully recovered Smith.

Many are speculating that Smith's benching as a result of quickly and honestly disclosing his concussion-type symptoms to team trainers and doctors might now dissuade other N


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