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Notes: Alex Smith seeks reasons for his demotion

Alex Smith is trying to understand how he lost his job as starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s not an easy thing for the NFL’s fifth-ranked quarterback to deal with this week, even though Smith already has experienced plenty of ups and downs in his tumultuous career since the 49ers made him the No. 1 overall selection in 2005.

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