How passing became king
What accounts for the drastic philosophical change that has given the NFL record passing numbers? Steve Wyche finds some surprisingly complicated answers. More...
From Smith's perspective, that had to sting. He acknowledged as much Thursday, telling Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee that the drama of the Manning sweepstakes in March was "a little awkward."
In the end, Smith stayed in San Francisco, Manning might or might not do his thing in Denver, and everybody will move on as if nothing happened.
Last season, Smith showed he wasn't just another first-round bust. He now gets the fresh motivator of proving he's nobody's consolation prize.