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49ers looking forward to playing, hitting Alex Smith

NaVorro Bowman AP

For years the San Francisco 49ers couldn’t hit Alex Smith in practice.

Now that he’ll be on the other sideline, the 49ers are looking forward to the opportunity to put him on his backside.

Smith faces his former team for the first time on Friday night and linebacker NaVorro Bowman and cornerback Carlos Rogers are ready for the chance to play against their former quarterback.

We never got a chance to hit him,” Bowman said, via Janie McCauley of the Associated Press. “This time we can. We’re looking forward to it. I know Alex knows we’re coming. It’s football, man. He’s on another team and we have to go out there and play our game.”

Smith played the first eight seasons of his career with the 49ers, most of that time spent serving as the team’s starting quarterback. Smith was eventually replaced last season by Colin Kaepernick before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. While it may only be the preseason, don’t expect either side to take it easy on the other Friday night.

“He’ll probably come after me because we were always talking junk during practices while he was here. I’m going to take a look at the film and see what we can come up with,” Rogers said. “It will be really fun. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be talking junk. He’s going to want to go at our defense because now he gets the opportunity.”

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21 Responses to “49ers looking forward to playing, hitting Alex Smith”
  1. nflmadnness says: Aug 16, 2013 1:27 AM

    why ?

  2. breakingb says: Aug 16, 2013 1:35 AM

    Light them up Alex!

  3. norcalmafia says: Aug 16, 2013 2:46 AM

    The fact that he sucked and never lived up to his #1 pick status will always be forgotten cause hes a class act…Which he is…Great man , teamate and put up with some terrible coaching….Still hes not a very good quarterback.

  4. Black Dog says: Aug 16, 2013 2:56 AM

    Niners rule.

  5. zillabeast says: Aug 16, 2013 3:33 AM

    If I was a member of that defense….struggling to keep the team afloat for years on end while Smith and the offense sputtered out again and again….I too would relish the opportunity to lay one onto the guy who took seven years to bloom – unlike his successor, who did it in seven games.

  6. joetoronto says: Aug 16, 2013 4:48 AM

    Apply the heat and cover the flats, Matt Cassel 2.0 won’t know what to do.

  7. pauliepennino says: Aug 16, 2013 6:39 AM

    Who is Rogers?

  8. eastkoast49er says: Aug 16, 2013 7:50 AM

    Nothing but respect for Alex Smith. He handled a crap situation with the absolute most class possible; all for the team. I can’t wait to see them go at it today!

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 16, 2013 8:03 AM

    Watch Alex Smith shred the 9ers defense for a couple drives and then see Harbaugh get madder than we’ve ever seen him.

  10. floratiotime says: Aug 16, 2013 8:09 AM

    Coming after the QB in a pre-season game. Hopefully some offensive lineman will take out his knees.

  11. 16to87 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    Smith will be off limits. Niners know how fragile he is so they won’t touch him,they want that 2nd round pick bonus to kick in.

  12. kingcrusher says: Aug 16, 2013 10:01 AM

    Remember, it’s preseason, which means they will get one or two sets of downs to play.
    I hope Alex does great. I’m a Niner fan at heart, but I will also be cheering on Smith this year. He was always a class act in San Fran and I wish him all the success in the world!

  13. slick50ks says: Aug 16, 2013 10:20 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Aug 16, 2013 4:48 AM
    Apply the heat and cover the flats, Matt Cassel 2.0 won’t know what to do.

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    Alex isn’t that great of a QB, but he’s Brady, Manning and Montana compared to the garbage on the faiders.

    Enjoy the cellar, little feller.

    PS: Just heard the raiders are the 32nd most valuable team in the league. The fanbase came in 33rd.

  14. purpleguy says: Aug 16, 2013 10:41 AM

    I wonder if they’ll try to bonk him in the noggin with beer bottles?

  15. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    @zillabeast you realize he had like 5-6 different O coordinators and 3 diff coaches. Once harbaugh established his offense and stability Alex was leading the league in QBR. Smith is a good QB and will have a good year this year.

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:54 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Aug 16, 2013 2:46 AM
    The fact that he sucked and never lived up to his #1 pick status will always be forgotten cause hes a class act…Which he is…Great man , teamate and……….. put up with some terrible coaching………Still hes not a very good quarterback.
    ——————————————

    Terrible Coaching??????

    What Are you 49er fans smoking??? What talking head analyst is influencing, and molding you all’s opinion? You all are echoing the same things. Like a choir.

    Mike McCarthy OC — One Superbowl ring
    Norv Turner OC – two Superbowl ring
    Mike Martz – One Superbowl ring, two Superbowl appearances..
    Mike Jones & Jimmy Raye both run Norv Turner’s system.

    Alex Smith has had some of the best QB and offensive coaches that money can buy. And don’t talk about a different coordinator every year. With the exception of 2005 he’s been running the Air Coryell system from 2006-2010. He’s had system stability.

    Alex troubles lie in the fact that he’s inaccurate outside the numbers and has poor downfield ball placement, and doesn’t have the vigilant instincts to Make plays outside the system or the play design. Stop blaming the coaches. He was drafted to turn around a losing franchise and couldn’t do it….plain and simple. Instead of improving the situation he became a victim of it.

  17. 49ers6rings says: Aug 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    Terrible Coaching??????

    What Are you 49er fans smoking??? What talking head analyst is influencing, and molding you all’s opinion? You all are echoing the same things. Like a choir.

    Mike McCarthy OC — One Superbowl ring
    Norv Turner OC – two Superbowl ring
    Mike Martz – One Superbowl ring, two Superbowl appearances..
    Mike Jones & Jimmy Raye both run Norv Turner’s system.

    Alex Smith has had some of the best QB and offensive coaches that money can buy. And don’t talk about a different coordinator every year. With the exception of 2005 he’s been running the Air Coryell system from 2006-2010. He’s had system stability.

    Alex troubles lie in the fact that he’s inaccurate outside the numbers and has poor downfield ball placement, and doesn’t have the vigilant instincts to Make plays outside the system or the play design. Stop blaming the coaches. He was drafted to turn around a losing franchise and couldn’t do it….plain and simple. Instead of improving the situation he became a victim of it.

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    Amazing! It’s always refreshing to see someone who knows what they are talking about. And you’re not even a 9ers fan you say? This should be a wake-up call for all the “fake” 9er fans and Alex Smith “lovers”. He wasn’t that good, and he LOVED to play the victim role.

    The guy got to stick around on one of the greatest franchises in the game, for 7 years and still there’s people that complain he was treated wrong?!?

    You mean because he was benched for a MUCH, MUCH better player?

    Where are all the same people, crying over how Drew Bledsoe was benched for a MUCH, MUCH, better player. Hypocrites.

    On what planet do some of your guys live on?

  18. wolff111 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Alex Smith sucked, sucks and will always suck!

  19. 4ever9er says: Aug 16, 2013 4:15 PM

    @raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:54 AM

    I’ve been a 9er fan since 1968, I became a fan at the age of 9 and have remained a fan since. I’ve been through the disappointment of losing back to back years against the *&%*&* Cowboys back in 71&72, through the Joe Thomas years when nothing went right to the Glory Years of Walsh, Montana, Lott, Craig, Rice etc. on through 2002. Things were already trending downhill after the Eddie D debacle and after the York’s took over they made typical new owner mistakes and the team suffered, but I remained loyal and will always be. So my comments are not coming out of left field and I don’t rely on Sports commentators for my information. This is how I feel.

    *Terrible Coaching?????? YES, YES, and YES!!!

    *What Are you 49er fans smoking???
    DEFINITELY NOT WHAT RAIDER FANS SMOKE DAILY!!!

    What talking head analyst is influencing, and molding you all’s opinion?
    I’VE BEEN VERY CONSISTENT REGARDING THE HORRIBLE COACHING THAT NOT ONLY PLAGUED A. SMITH BUT THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL TEAM, ESPECIALLY THE OFFENSE!!!

    *Mike McCarthy OC — One Superbowl ring
    (EVENTUALLY, IT WASN’T LIKE HE WON A SB THE MOMENT HE BECAME HEAD COACH AT GB, IT TOOK TIME, REMEMBER HE HAD FARVE FOR 2 YEARS)

    *Norv Turner OC – two Superbowl ring
    (UH, RAIDERS HAD NORV FOR 2 seasons, RAIDERS WON 9 GAMES. HE WAS A HEAD COACH FOR 15 YEARS AND MADE THE PLAY-OFFS 4 TIMES. CLEARLY HE’S A BETTER OC THAN HC, Alex Smith had him for 1 season and he improved a great deal)

    *Mike Martz – One Superbowl ring, two Superbowl appearances..
    (WHERE IS HE COACHING NOW? HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN MARTZ GETTING BOOTED FROM RAMS, LIONS, 9ERS AND BEARS (He’s the offical HC killer)

    *Mike Jones & Jimmy Raye both run Norv Turner’s system.
    (LAUGHABLE!!!! JUST BECAUSE YOU RUN A SYSTEM DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU CAN COACH!) where in the world is Jimmy Raye??? Mike Jones would have been better without Jimmy Raye

    *Alex Smith has had some of the best QB and offensive coaches that money can buy.
    (WRONG and only a myopic Raider fan would think that it was the best coaching that money could buy…LOL)

    *And don’t talk about a different coordinator every year. With the exception of 2005 he’s been running the Air Coryell system from 2006-2010. He’s had system stability.
    (STOP TALKING OUT OF THE SIDE OF YOUR NECK! THEY’VE RUN 5 DIFFERENT SYSTEMS IN THOSE 7 SEASONS NO MATTER WHAT THE SO CALLED NAME OF IT IS. EXAMPLE THE BRONCOS RAN THE WCO, BUT IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THE 9ERS WCO WHICH WAS NOTHING LIKE THE PACKERS WCO, THERE WAS NO STABILITY AND IT SHOWED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE OFFENSE) You should know, how stable has the Raiders offense been over the last 10 years?

    *Alex troubles lie in the fact that he’s inaccurate outside the numbers and has poor downfield ball placement, and doesn’t have the vigilant instincts to Make plays outside the system or the play design.
    (WELL PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW HE BECAME MORE ACCURATE IN THE LAST 2 SEASONS? WHY WAS HE ALWAYS ON TARGET WITH V. DAVIS? (HE THREW 30 TDS TO V. DAVIS)

    *Stop blaming the coaches. He was drafted to turn around a losing franchise and couldn’t do it….plain and simple.
    (THAT IS PRECISELY WHY I’M BLAMING THE OWNERSHIP AND COACHES! IF YOU DRAFT A QB TO TURN AROUND YOUR FRANCHISE, YOU DON’T PUT HIM ON THE FIELD WHEN YOU HAVE A TERRIBLE TEAM LIKE THE 9ERS WERE! Year 1, you get rid of your veteran QB who can stabilize the ship, OL, Running Game (even though Gore was drafted in 3rd round he was playing behind K. Barlow) and Defense was non existent, Receivers/TE were not worthy of being starters.
    Year 2, you draft V. Davis and p-u A. Bryant in Free Agency.
    Those are your offensive upgrades, you pass on play makers like DeSean Jackson,
    *Instead of improving the situation he became a victim of it.
    JIM PLUNKETT WAS THE 1ST PICK IN THE 1971 DRAFT, WAS MIS-USED, THEY DIDN’T PUT ANY OFFENSIVE TALENT AROUND HIM,
    HE DIDN’T IMPROVE HIS SITUATION UNTIL HE GOT TO A PLACE THAT HAD TALENT AND STABILITY (Wow I can’t believe I just gave the Raiders credit for something!!!), FORTUNATELY FOR ALEX SMITH HE GOT HARBAUGH BEFORE HE GOT BOUNCED AROUND THE LEAGUE. I’M NOT SAYING THAT A. SMITH WILL WIN 2 SUPER BOWLS LIKE JIM PLUNKETT, WHAT I’M SAYING IS THAT a QB NEEDS TO HAVE A 3 MAJOR QUALITIES FROM THIER ORGANIZATION TO BE SUCCESSFUL! GOOD COACHING, STABILITY AND TALENT, THEY MAY NOT HAVE ALL 3 BUT THEY WILL HAVE AT LEAST 2 OF THOSE THINGS AND THE 9ERS FROM 2003 TO 2010 ALWAYS HAD LESS THAN 2!!! NOW THEY HAVE ALL 3 AND THE SUCCESS IS SHOWING!!!

  20. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:12 PM

    I hate the way you set up that post because people are going to think that I said that I’ve been a 49ers fan since whenever.

    But to answer your question. Alex Smith has no problem connecting with Vernon Davis because he’s accurate throwing intermediate passes between the numbers. He’s inaccurate outside the numbers and has poor downfiled ball placement in general.

    Also Mike Martz has not ever gotten a Head Coach fired. They tend to get fired a season or two after they fire him. Figure that one out.

    Alex may realize his potential with Andy Reid, because Reid is a phenomenal coach, but his track record is full of underachievement and “Alexcuses” as the 49ers fanbase calls excuses for Alex.

  21. 4ever9er says: Aug 16, 2013 8:08 PM

    1. I don’t think anyone thought you were I 9er fan, I was stating how long I’ve been a 9er fan.

    2. There are several examples of Smith throwing to Davis down the sideline outside the numbers

    3. Mike Nolan hired Martz and was gone that season, Martz left Detroit and Chicago’s offense in disarray and never recovered and then they were fired (if he was so special why is he retired?)

    4. I’m part of the fan base and have never called them Alexcuses, I don’t even call them excuses. I call them facts and the fact is that Management and the Coaching staff drafted someone to be their franchise Quarterback and they failed miserably until they turned the team over to Jed who hired Trent who hired Jim and that my friend is called progress and the 9ers fan base will reap the benefits of those good decisions just as we rued the bad decisions that were made between 2002-2010.

    5. Now let’s get to something comical, what can we expect from your Raiders this year?

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