http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3110640 Smith admitted Wednesday that his recently separated right shoulder and a chronically strained forearm have contributed to his awful play in the past three games of the 49ers' seven-game losing streak. "Without a doubt, I'm not throwing the same way I was the first three weeks, and last year," Smith said before sitting out part of practice to rest his forearm. "Trying to play through this is hard. ... I chose to go out there and play, thought I could, thought it would get better as the weeks go on, and it hasn't." The former No. 1 draft pick even wondered aloud whether he should take a prolonged break to get his shoulder back in shape, perhaps for 2008. After watching him play on MNF, I'd agree. He probably needs to sit down for a while. I don't think its a talent thing, but at some point I would think that the niners would want to preserve that arm (and that psyche) for seasons going forward. SF is what, 2-7 or something like that? Let Dilfer mange the offense and save your young QB.