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May 30, 2007
Don't worry, they have Alex's back

Question: Last season Alex Smith took every snap of every game. What if he isn't that lucky this season? What are your thoughts on the Niners' backups at quarterback?

Dennis, Elk Grove

Answer: Well, there are few backups with as much experience as Trent Dilfer. And Shaun Hill and Luke Getsy have extremely high football IQs. As long as Frank Gore is running strong, the 49ers won't ask Smith's backup - whoever he is - to do too much.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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