There are things that happened in San Francisco which Alex Smith might still be bitter about.
But his departure is not necessarily among them.
The Chiefs quarterback told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee that he’s optimistic about his new start, and sees many similarities between his new coach Andy Reid and playing for Jim Harbaugh.
“A lot like Jim,” Smith said. “Literally, they stand in the same spot. They stand right behind you.”
Smith said he cherishes last year’s Super Bowl run with the 49ers, even though he was benched after suffering a concussion. As for many of the other ups and downs of his career there, he mostly shrugged them off.
He called the 2012 flirtation with Peyton Manning “a little blurb,” and said the low points all happened under coaches other than Harbaugh. Primarily, that was playing through a separated shoulder in 2007 under then-coach Mike Nolan, along with the 6-10 mess under Mike Singletary in 2010, which was quickly turned into a winner the next year under Harbaugh.
“I felt I was getting pushed to come back, then I did, and then it’s, ‘Well, you’re not playing good,’ ” Smith said of 2007. “As a young player, that was really hard for me to handle.
“That, and 2010 was a long year. . . . That was very frustrating because it was the exact same team the next year, pretty much.”
Of course, even with a new team, he can’t escape the specter of the man who replaced him with the 49ers.
The Chiefs brought in Colin Kaepernick’s college coach Chris Ault as a consultant, so Smith has a daily reminder of the guy who Wally Pipped him.
“Very ironic,” Smith of the situation, a wry smile on his face. “It’s great to have him, though. Extremely knowledgeable. We talk a lot, all the time.”
“Yeah, we talk about Kap, for sure. We watch spread option stuff of Kap, or RGIII [Washington's Robert Griffin III] a lot. Some Nevada film for sure.”
Being sensitive to their differences won’t help Smith now, but a fresh start might be the best thing for him.