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Alex Smith holds no grudges against current 49ers

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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.

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  1. ctiggs says: Aug 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    Good Riddens Alex, you have a lot of fans for some reason, because you are a “good guy”. I will call things how i see them, i wanted you we drafted you, you showed some promise, you couldnt get us over the hump. We let you go.

  2. kcbulldog says: Aug 15, 2013 1:14 PM

    Smith will lead the chiefs to the playoffs this year. Finally have a quarterback along with a competent head coach. Smith will thrive in reids system.

  3. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    I think Singletary should be more mad at Alex Smith than vice versa. With Shaun Hill and Troy Smith Singletary has a winning record. When you add Alex Smith’s games it turns into a losing record. If Singletary didnt put his trust in Alex he probably would still have his job.

  4. 4949centennial says: Aug 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    Alex Smith is and always has been a class act. We wish him good luck in KC.

    We would also get a better draft pick if does well and lead KC to 8+ wins.

  5. herkulease says: Aug 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    Why would he?

    Niners paid him very well, gave him multiple chances when people were screaming bust, and with the help of Harbaugh and his staff, his career gets resurrected.

    If Smith was the Smith of old. He would’ve been cut and probably just be a backup somewhere getting a few million.

    Instead he’s the starter getting 7.5 million this year and has a chance to earn even more.

  6. tcostant says: Aug 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    He should be fine with them, he went from almost bust to a valuable QB someone would trade for.

  7. joetoronto says: Aug 15, 2013 1:30 PM

    A butt hurt QB who can’t throw worth a crap.

    Matt Cassel 2.0

  8. asimonetti88 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:34 PM

    His play frustrated me to no end for many years, but he put it together under Harbaugh and handled his demotion with class. He served as an important mentor for Kap and I wish him well in Kansas City. It’s too bad that we couldn’t keep him as a safety backup for injury, but he probably deserves the opportunity to play regularly.

  9. doe22us says: Aug 15, 2013 1:36 PM

    What you will get with Smith is a well grounded QB who is not a risk taker. He wont throw costly picks and he wont throw passes that will make you say wow, occasionally he will wow u with his ability see Saints game, but you will get a cautious QB who is not a gun slinger maybe more of a game manager.

  10. umainebearman says: Aug 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    Why would he be better? He’s a good qb. He paved the way with defensive help to the NFC championship game 2 years ago and then handed Kaepernick the NFC West title on a silver platter with his 6-2 start before getting injured and swept under the carpet.

  11. bobhk says: Aug 15, 2013 1:40 PM

    @raiderlyfe510 says:
    Aug 15, 2013 1:16 PM
    I think Singletary should be more mad at Alex Smith than vice versa. With Shaun Hill and Troy Smith Singletary has a winning record. When you add Alex Smith’s games it turns into a losing record. If Singletary didnt put his trust in Alex he probably would still have his job.
    ———-
    Likewise, Smith had a losing record with Singletary.
    The very next year with Harbaugh he takes them to NFC Championship game. Think about it, if it weren’t for Singletary’s chimp coaching, if Smith had Harbaugh a few years earlier, who knows, he could have won a championship.

  12. iamapatsfan says: Aug 15, 2013 1:40 PM

    The Chiefs have always been an underdog pick for me. I like them. Jamaal Charles is, for me, probably one of the best RBs in the NFL and he is never really talked about at all, ever, anywhere. Their D has been stellar even with the down years. Give them an Offensive coach in Reid, a solid QB that can throw accurately and some good receiver types like Bowe and Moeaki, they have a good core team.

    I’m hoping Reid, in a new place, hopefully reinvigorated being there, can give the Chiefs something to play for and maybe a wildcard berth.

  13. 12444uggg says: Aug 15, 2013 1:42 PM

    I think the Chiefs are trending in the right direction. They’ll see some playoff games in the future, I don’t see it this year, but anything can happen.

  14. sfniners4life says: Aug 15, 2013 1:44 PM

    I always like Alex and glad he came back when harbaugh became coach. He could’ve been only that busy story but he stuck it out and played his best. He had to go through some tough years of def coaches that couldn’t really build offensive schemes for him. The different OC each year and overall young team. I believe Rodgers would’ve done a little better but not much in the situation at hand but saying all that I’m finally truly excited in a niners qb. Kaepernick flashs the greatness this franchise is been needing. I only hope he can continue this path and get some rings. Can’t freaking wait for regular season games.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    “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.”

    ___________________________

    I love that you had to clarify who RGIII was…

  16. ncm42 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    The hell does “Good Riddens” mean?

  17. sullijo1 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:51 PM

    Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game since 1993, but all their fans think the addition of a backup QB to a team that was 2-14 last year is going to get them over the hump.

    Ummmmm, no.

    Here are the 7 teams fighting for 6 spots in the AFC:

    NE
    Pitts
    Cincy
    Balt
    Denver
    Houston
    Indy

  18. jp49er80 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    That’s kind of him, considering he has absolutely no reason to anyway

  19. phelbin says: Aug 15, 2013 1:56 PM

    Interesting that the Chiefs brought in Chris Ault and they’re spending time looking at read-option film together. Alex Smith ran that offense at Utah very well, and he’s a lot more mobile than people realize. Could the Chiefs be planning some read-option packages?

  20. jrebar88 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:10 PM

    He is going from a storied franchise to one that doesnt know how to win. LOL

  21. aces79 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:19 PM

    Alex Smith sucks im glad he is gone from SF 7 season of a disappointment

  22. raiders85 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:24 PM

    Why would he hold a grudge I can’t remember a first overall pick getting a decade to prove he’s almost average if anything SF should hold a grudge

  23. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:26 PM

    bobhk says:
    Aug 15, 2013 1:40 PM
    Likewise, Smith had a losing record with Singletary.
    The very next year with Harbaugh he takes them to NFC Championship game. Think about it, if it weren’t for Singletary’s chimp coaching, if Smith had Harbaugh a few years earlier, who knows, he could have won a championship.
    ————————————————————
    Singletary’s W-L record with QBs

    Shaun Hill – 8-6
    Troy Smith – 3-3
    Alex Smith – 8-12

    Alex Smith CLEARLY cost Singletary his job.

    Its pretty amazing how fast Singletary turned around, and won with a team that went 15-33 the previous 3 years before he took over, and was 2-6(charging the Seahawks loss to Nolan) the year he took over.

    Finished the year 5-3, goes 8-8 the next year, then named Alex Smith the undisputed starter and it went all down hill from there.

  24. granadafan says: Aug 15, 2013 2:38 PM

    I still haven’t forgiven my Niners for drafting Smith over local star Aaron Rodgers. Smith ran a gimmick Urban Meyer offense while Rodgers ran a pro offense under Tedford and also tied the record for most consecutive completions.

  25. tommyribs says: Aug 15, 2013 2:45 PM

    The Number 11 is appropriate, because he kind of reminds me of one of my Favorite GIANTS, Phil Simms.

    Alex, like Phil, persevered through a lot of bad teams, coaching changes, and un-talented teams, and all the while the finger was pointed at him.

    Then once he had better coaching and teammates, all of a sudden he wasn’t a bum anymore.

    He will do very well in KC for a darn good coach in Andy Reid.

    KC will go 10-6 this year and Alex will have something like 25TDs and 7 INTs.

    He’s a good QB in a good situation, and he is not done writing chapters in the book of his career.

  26. kcchiefs19 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:49 PM

    ctiggs | Aug 15, 2013, 11:11 AM MDT
    Good Riddens Alex, you have a lot of fans for some reason, because you are a “good guy”. I will call things how i see them, i wanted you we drafted you, you showed some promise, you couldnt get us over the hump. We let you go.
    _____________________________________________
    1) Good Riddens?
    2) Who is “we”? Did you work for the 49ers? Were you part of player development or help craft the draft strategy that year? Are you part of ownership?
    3) Answer to 2: No, No, No, and No. Stop saying “we” unless you are part of the organization. “We” as fans are just that, fans…

  27. honkeyt says: Aug 15, 2013 2:53 PM

    If Jim would have benched him in say week 3 instead of waiting for an excuse to start Kap then I would respect him. If you knew Kap was the best QB then you pull the trigger no matter how many wins and how great of stats Alex had. Harbaugh is a coward and I have zero respect for him.

  28. jibberator says: Aug 15, 2013 2:59 PM

    The problem in SF was obviously was not Smith. Drafting a good QB will not automatically make your team gold. If we drafted AR he could have possibly been the same as Smith. Smith got the crap beaten out of him because he had no line to protect him, he suffered multiple injuries not to mention the emotional pressure of different coaches. The mind is Smith’s greatest asset, when you doubt him and give him reason to doubt himself his best asset is not going to be at its peak.

  29. kcflake says: Aug 15, 2013 3:00 PM

    As a Chiefs Fan, I am excited about getting Alex Smith as our QB. Should be our Best QB since Trent Green.

    I personally think the 49er’s pulled the ripcord on Kaepernick too fast. he hasn;t shownh enough yet. Kapernick will disappoint and they will be left without a viable qb.

  30. hatesycophants says: Aug 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    Chiefs and 49ers fans represent the EASL community very well in this comments section. Well done!

  31. first2five says: Aug 15, 2013 3:39 PM

    Singletary’s W-L record with QBs

    Shaun Hill – 8-6
    Troy Smith – 3-3
    Alex Smith – 8-12

    Alex Smith CLEARLY cost Singletary his job.

    Its pretty amazing how fast Singletary turned around, and won with a team that went 15-33 the previous 3 years before he took over, and was 2-6(charging the Seahawks loss to Nolan) the year he took over.

    Finished the year 5-3, goes 8-8 the next year, then named Alex Smith the undisputed starter and it went all down hill from there.

    ————————————————

    Take Alex Smith out of it for a second. Did you watch the Singletary years? Great motivator. Terrible HEAD coach. That much is clear. The team has been stacked with talent for a while now.

    Weird that Harbaugh comes in the next year with nearly the same starters he competes for a title, not just a divsion title.

    Singletary contributed great things: Turned Davis around, Willis, picking up couple young studs on the line etc.. But a great headcoach he was not. Smith did not cost him his job. AND IF HE DID, that would be the greatest contribution to this orginization in years.

  32. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 15, 2013 3:49 PM

    I’m a die hard niner fan and a supporter of smith till the end, great guy just had everything that could’ve possibly gone bad go for him. In hindsight everybody wants to blame taking him #1 BUT I highly doubt even rodgers wouldve been the same rodgers he is today with the garbage players/coaches/management we USED TO HAVE in smith early years. True niner fans understand that instead of just blaming it on smith, brady couldve done it back there!

  33. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 15, 2013 3:52 PM

    I wish smith nothing but the best especially when he plays the raiders because i want them to think after he beats them up twice a year a former niner is doing the damage! As for the kap doubters, keep hating he’s fallen in the perfect situation talented coaches/players/management and hes also talented! i understand why people are envious of the niners rising powerhouse!!….sorry the giant is just waking up!

  34. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 15, 2013 4:04 PM

    first2five says:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Take Alex Smith out of it for a second. Did you watch the Singletary years? Great motivator. Terrible HEAD coach. That much is clear. The team has been stacked with talent for a while now.

    Weird that Harbaugh comes in the next year with nearly the same starters he competes for a title, not just a divsion title.

    Singletary contributed great things: Turned Davis around, Willis, picking up couple young studs on the line etc.. But a great headcoach he was not. Smith did not cost him his job. AND IF HE DID, that would be the greatest contribution to this orginization in years.
    ————————————————————
    Schottenheimer, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher are all examples of great motivators. The difference between them and Singletar was that Singletary had a weak coaching staff.

    You CAN NOT turn a perennial loser into a competitive team overnight if you’re a “terrible head coach.”

    Singletary was an excellent Head Coach with a Wack coaching staff.

    Also THE 2011 49ers squad was not the same as the 2010 squad. The 2011 squad had an elite pass rusher(Aldon Smith), a All Pro CB(Carlos Rogers), a pro bowl alternate SS( D Whitner), and a pro bowl Kicker……THAT’S HOW THE 49ers WERE ABLE TO WIN 13 GAMES WITH ALEX SMITH’S LITTLE 17 TD PASSES.

  35. first2five says: Aug 15, 2013 4:28 PM

    Schottenheimer, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher are all examples of great motivators. The difference between them and Singletar was that Singletary had a weak coaching staff.

    You CAN NOT turn a perennial loser into a competitive team overnight if you’re a “terrible head coach.”

    Singletary was an excellent Head Coach with a Wack coaching staff.

    Also THE 2011 49ers squad was not the same as the 2010 squad. The 2011 squad had an elite pass rusher(Aldon Smith), a All Pro CB(Carlos Rogers), a pro bowl alternate SS( D Whitner), and a pro bowl Kicker……THAT’S HOW THE 49ers WERE ABLE TO WIN 13 GAMES WITH ALEX SMITH’S LITTLE 17 TD PASSES.

    ——————————–

    This excellent head coach had no say or input over his own coaching staff?

    Jimmy Raye, Mike Johnson, Tom Rathman, Vantz Singletary, Jason Micheal, Bill Nayes, All Harris…..All new hires by Singletary.

    I think he had some impact on his OWN coaching staff. I’ll give him Rathman. That was solid.

    Next.

  36. dt58 says: Aug 15, 2013 5:35 PM

    A butt hurt QB who can’t throw worth a crap.

    Matt Cassel 2.0

    Well, he’s no Flynn but he should do ok. Why do you keep posting the same thing over and over again?

  37. 4ever9er says: Aug 15, 2013 6:38 PM

    @raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 15, 2013 1:16 PM

    Seriously Raider fan? Singletary should be mad at himself for hiring Jimmy Raye as the OC! He, like Nolan didn’t have a clue with what to do with the offensive personnel and that was the problem, also remember at least 3 games were lost due to defensive mistakes and bad clock management. Alex Smith’s record with competent coaches 19-5-1. We’ll see if he keeps trending upward in KC.

  38. ahp1016 says: Aug 15, 2013 6:47 PM

    Singletary’s W-L record with QBs

    Shaun Hill – 8-6
    Troy Smith – 3-3
    Alex Smith – 8-12

    Alex Smith CLEARLY cost Singletary his job.

    Its pretty amazing how fast Singletary turned around, and won with a team that went 15-33 the previous 3 years before he took over, and was 2-6(charging the Seahawks loss to Nolan) the year he took over.

    Finished the year 5-3, goes 8-8 the next year, then named Alex Smith the undisputed starter and it went all down hill from there.
    ———————————————————

    So, he is 8-12 with Alex, and 11-9 with QB’s other than Alex, and that 3 game difference makes it clear that Alex was the problem? Looks like a mediocre coach regardless of who the QB is.

    I’m gonna go with Singletary’s lack of game planning and coordinator experience that cost him his job more than anything Alex Smith did.

  39. 4ever9er says: Aug 15, 2013 7:00 PM

    @
    raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 15, 2013 4:04 PM

    Schottenheimer, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher are all examples of great motivators. The difference between them and Singletar was that Singletary had a weak coaching staff.
    —————————————————
    News Flash he HIRED the whack coaching staff and for that he got what deserved to be FIRED just like Nolan deserved to be FIRED for hiring Mike Martz!

    —————————————————-
    Singletary was an excellent Head Coach with a Wack coaching staff.

    NO HE WASN’T!!!! (If he was so special, why didn’t the sorry Raiders sign him up?)

    —————————————————-
    Also THE 2011 49ers squad was not the same as the 2010 squad. The 2011 squad had an elite pass rusher(Aldon Smith), a All Pro CB(Carlos Rogers), a pro bowl alternate SS( D Whitner), and a pro bowl Kicker……

    Yeah Aldon Smith was drafted, Carlos Rogers was a mid level FA who had never been a Pro Bowler or All Pro (what did he do last year? Exactly) and Donte Whitner was not in the Pro Bowl in 2011, it was in 2012 (he has 8 career INTs, come on Man be real!) David Akers had 1 (count’em) 1 game winning field goal in 2011
    —————————————————
    THAT’S HOW THE 49ers WERE ABLE TO WIN 13 GAMES WITH ALEX SMITH’S LITTLE 17 TD PASSES.

    You may want to do some homework and check on the Superbowl champs of 1993 and 1995, their QB threw for 15/16 TDs in those championship years and he’s in the HOF (It takes a team effort to win, not just 1 person)

  40. 4ever9er says: Aug 15, 2013 7:13 PM

    @ahp1016 says: Aug 15, 2013 6:47 PM

    Singletary CLEARLY cost Singletary his job.

    He sealed his fate when he hired a has been OC that didn’t understand the talent that was on the team (see Nolan when he hired Martz)

  41. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 15, 2013 10:25 PM

    49ers fanbase, sportswriters, talk show hosts….all clueless.

    If it wasnt for Singletary and him developing Bowman, P Willis, and A Brooks…Drafting Iupati and Anthony Davis… Taking a chance on Alex Boone when nobody believed in him…turning VD’s career around and having him as one if his generals keeping the rest of team in line, and making the 49ers a Physical, Tough, Disciplined, Relentless, and Smart team than can compete with anyone…THEN THE JOB ISN’T ATTRACTIVE TO A JIM HARBAUGH WHO TURNED DOWN A 9 MILLION DOLLAR A YEAR OFFER TO COACH THE 49ERS THAT SINGLETARY BUILT.

    You all are just ungrateful and unappreciative of all the heavy lifting that Nolan and Singletary did. It’s not easy turning around a perennial loser. It took Jimmy Johnson 4 to 5 years ..it’s taking Shanahan 4 to 5 years…..You all just don’t know football. Harbaugh must be a immortal football deity in you all’s minds…to give him all of the credit for the 49ers resurgence.

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