Podcast: 49ers QB Alex Smith

Alex Smith touched on multiple issues, from the NFC West to Michael Crabtree's development, during an appearance Monday on the "Scott Van Pelt Show."

I was interested in his thoughts on earning the starting job (as opposed to having the job handed to him early in his career).

Smith on whether the NFC West is wide open: "I think there's definitely a lot of possibilities there. That's for sure. I think, at least here in San Francisco, we feel like we went 5-1 last year in the division, let some games slip away from us outside the division, but definitely that is the goal: dominate the division and get a ticket to the playoffs."