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Alex Smith on 49ers' coaching changes: 'It's still just tough to believe'

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The former 49ers quarterback is surprised at the coaching staff shakeup, especially given all the wins over the past few seasons.

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Count former San Francisco 49ers and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith among those surprised by the sweeping coaching staff changes this offseason. Smith, speaking at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this weekend, told the San Jose Mercury News that it's hard to believe all of the turnover after so many winning seasons.

"I think for me, it's still just tough to believe all those guys are gone, all that turnover," Smith said, "I wasn't there so obviously it's hard for me to speculate on any of that."

He went on to say that the 49ers have won "a lot of ballgames" over the last few years. You definitely get the impression that Smith seems to think that winning should take precedence over all, especially given that I doubt this offseason's dysfunction can seriously compete with the dumpster fire that was his first several seasons with the 49ers.

For what it's worth, Smith did wish Tomsula the best going forward, and reflected on Tomsula's only game as an NFL head coach thus far -- when Smith was quarterback in 2010.

"I loved what he brought to the team that week. I know he has the ability to be a head coach," Smith said, "He's a good man, a really good coach. I'm pulling for him."

Obviously, Tomsula has his critics here, even more so now that Jim Harbaugh came out and admitted that things were awkward between he and Tomsula near the end there. But Smith saying that Tomsula is a good coach and a good man echoes the sentiments we usually hear from 49ers players. Tomsula's reputation in the locker room has always been stellar, though I suppose we don't know if that's something that's changed throughout the course of the last few months.