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What we're learning about 49ers during OBPTAs

Alex the QB and coach, taking charge and ownership

As an assorted group of 49ers work their way through Organized By Players Team Activities this week at San Jose State University's Spartan Stadium, here are 10 things we are learning about the team as it functions during structured-but-informal sessions without any coaches around to provide leadership or direction.

Alex taking charge, taking ownership: You really have to appreciate Alex Smith sticking his chest out and sticking to his guns when a few reporters insisted on sitting in on the 49ers' first workout Monday. Smith first sent two San Jose State employees over to usher out the small group of observing media and, when that didn't work, sauntered over to do it himself. Smith, with a definite edge... Recommended Stories