By Lewis Gould
Alex Smith and his father believe the WFT sabotaged his return to the NFL, per Sports Illustrated.
According to them, the coaching staff put Smith through a whirlwind of tests to the extent that he had never experienced before in his career. Everything from having him carry extra weight, pushing sleds and hurdle bags for drills, these were tasks he had never done in 15 pro seasons, let alone before his leg had to be rebuilt.
The Smith family was left upset, and his father Doug says he believes the team “sabotaged” the return, per Sports Illustrated.
Head coach Ron Rivera provided his point of view on the situation, as he spoke about what was on his mind throughout the season in regards to Alex Smith.
“I was scared to death about putting [Alex] back out there and that is something I struggled with every day. It’s unfortunate that he feels we patronized him because I can tell you that was not our intention. At the end of the day, I commend Alex because he proved everyone wrong and exceeded any reasonable expectations that anyone had set for him. He not only made it back onto the field but led us to the playoffs. It was a truly remarkable feat.”