SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and linebacker Patrick Willis engaged in a friendly game of one-on-one with a miniature basketball at one end of the San Francisco 49ers' locker room
Across the room, Aldon Smith leaned back on a stool and waved off a suggestion this week's game against Seattle is any more important than the others on the schedule.
Five days before the 49ers play the Seahawks in a matchup between division rivals, the defending NFC champions couldn't be more relaxed.
Smith, especially, seems very calm.
After setting the franchise single-season record for sacks a year ago, San Francisco's first-round pick in 2011 is off to another fast start. He's also increased his workload and split time on both the right and left side of the 49ers defense in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
"It was just giving me a chance to move around a little bit," Smith said Tuesday. "It gives (opponents) something to game plan for. We all know each other's strengths and weaknesses. Being able to move around just helps out."
Smith stayed almost exclusively at right outside linebacker in 2012 when he broke Fred Dean's 28-year-old team record with 19½ sacks and was voted to the Pro Bowl.
Those numbers, however, are slightly misleading. After defensive end Justin Smith went out with triceps and elbow injuries which forced him to miss the final two regular season games, Aldon Smith's production decreased significantly.
He was held without a sack over the final three games, then was shut out in San Francisco's two playoff games and in the Super Bowl.
Both Smiths looked fine in last week's season-opening 34-28 win over Green Bay. Justin Smith had three tackles, while Aldon Smith had six, including 1½ sacks. He also forced four hurries by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.