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Alex Smith gets banged around by Niners

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As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith surely wanted a crack at the team that gave up on him after a concussion interrupted one of the best seasons of his eight-year career.  But Smith’s old team got a crack at Smith, multiple times.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explains that the 49ers hit Smith several times on Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.  From three sacks to multiple other hits, including a helmet-to-helmet pop that drew a flag, a knockdown from cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and a hit from safety Eric Reid as Smith was throwing the ball.

The 49ers claim they had no special incentive to make physical contact with Smith.

“You just see a quarterback,” linebacker Parys Haralson said.  “It’s just a game.  You’re out there playing, and everybody wants to compete and win.”

Smith wanted to win, too.  The assault from the defense didn’t help.

“Not very efficient in the passing game,” Smith said after completing seven of 16 passes for 62 yards, including some drops.  “I left a lot out there.  I think I didn’t handle the pressure as well, and just some finer details here and there.”

Smith’s old boss, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, took the high road.

“I wish him great success and health and we’ll be following him,” Harbaugh said of Smith.  “I thought he looked sharp, looked in control and had good command on his throws.  It was an impressive night for him.”

Next year, Harbaugh’s team will get another chance to hassle Smith under circumstances that count.  Unless of course they both get to the Super Bowl this year.

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45 Responses to “Alex Smith gets banged around by Niners”
  1. japmen says: Aug 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    Woo boy did Alex look good when pressure came at him. Yeah, where’s those chiefs homers at today?

  2. ninersince81 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:10 PM

    I felt bad for how things went down but got over it rather quickly. I do wish him the best. Go Niners!!!!

  3. asimonetti88 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:16 PM

    Niners need to work on kick coverage.. Last night, Super Bowl… We need to be better.

  4. kgun80 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    Looked like an Andy Reid coached team. Speed, speed, speed….. Bad protection

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    It will be interesting to see if Alex can play as well as he did under Harbaugh. Like or hate Harbaugh, dude can coach.

  6. dt58 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Smith wasn’t very sharp on many throws but the O line didn’t do him any favours. Thankfully it’s only preseason and they still have time to work on that. The line has potential but definitely not there yet. And let’s face it, that 49ers D is top 3 in the league. It’s not like they were going up against scrubs or gave up 5 1st half sacks to the worst D in the league…

  7. dt58 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:21 PM

    And Queue the ” Matt Cassel 2.0 ” genius with his brilliant insights

  8. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    49ers are corny they blitzed half the game, knowing teams don’t prepare for that, same as the saints. Offenses don’t scheme for blitzes and blitze packages especially when backups are in.

    Poor gamesmanship, but builds confidence in players who have success in it, but may be a crash back to earth when those same players aren’t able to get away with it so easy once the season begins.

  9. unbiasfan says: Aug 17, 2013 2:25 PM

    Still better than the Packers…

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    I had the Chiefs marked down as one of the teams that can’t make the playoffs this year. I really liked Shaun King’s analysis of all the teams he aggressively counted out including the Steelers. On a technical basis, well all 32 teams have a “shot” to make the playoffs, so that’s the correct answer. But, the correct answer is always going to be the same and the challenge is kind of like the Name That Tune concept. Sure anybody can name a popular song with 100% of the notes provided as clues, but the name of the game is how stingy can you be while still remaining confident and so you want to try and push yourself to write off more teams if you can, so long as you don’t end up being wrong on any choice and naturally the more choices you make the more difficult it is.

    The Chiefs are a team I’m writing off and I’m not a huge fan of Alex Smith or Andy Reid for that matter, particularly because he has so much confidence in Alex Smith and even paid via a trade to have that overpaid player on his team. They just don’t impress me. For extra boldness I can beat Shaun King’s 21 team list of teams with a “shot” with a list of 18, so I can beat King by 3. And I win so long as all my team selections miss the playoffs.

  11. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    allidoiswin55 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    49ers are corny they blitzed half the game, knowing teams don’t prepare for that, same as the saints. Offenses don’t scheme for blitzes and blitze packages especially when backups are in.

    Poor gamesmanship, but builds confidence in players who have success in it, but may be a crash back to earth when those same players aren’t able to get away with it so easy once the season begins.

    Uh, this wasn’t the Pro Bowl.

  12. chiefsnfl says: Aug 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    It’s okay. The 49ers offense was inept the whole game until the last 3 or so minutes of the game, and Smith at least had positive yardage in passing; if we are going to cherry-pick…

  13. sportnorcal says: Aug 17, 2013 2:32 PM

    I thought he actually looked very good – was surprised at the stats but he had a LOT of drops that hit WRs in the hands and were dropped.

    Good luck this season KC, and Alex. It’s easy to root for the good guys.

  14. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 17, 2013 2:33 PM

    PRESEASON! as a niner faithful i wish alex smith success and hope he does well as well as the chiefs. -niner faithful

  15. banger60 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:42 PM

    japman, i’m a homer, it’s PRESEASON, I repeat, PRESEASON if you knew anything you would not judge a team until regular season.

  16. herkulease says: Aug 17, 2013 2:43 PM

    dt58 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Smith wasn’t very sharp on many throws but the O line didn’t do him any favours. Thankfully it’s only preseason and they still have time to work on that. The line has potential but definitely not there yet. And let’s face it, that 49ers D is top 3 in the league. It’s not like they were going up against scrubs or gave up 5 1st half sacks to the worst D in the league…
    —————————————————–

    Problem is the Chiefs played their 1st team until halftime.

    Niner defense went to 2nd team after the 1st or 2nd defensive series. Granted there were some guys who could end up playing on the 1st team, Perrish Cox, Nmamdi, etc due to injuries.

    But Chiefs struggled to move the ball against guys who will most likely see only limited action come the regular season, some may not even make the team.

    Yeah its still preseason but if you’re 1s can’t handle their 2s, the outlook isn’t very good.

  17. timdubya says: Aug 17, 2013 2:51 PM

    I love how everyone rails against Smith and the Chiefs for not being able to score on one of the top 2-3 defenses in the league .. totally ignoring the fact that the Chiefs defense completely shut the Niners down in the first half, save one run from Frank Gore..

  18. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    Looks like Alex Smith is back to throwing his uncatchable floating ducks again.

  19. jayniner says: Aug 17, 2013 2:57 PM

    He might have been banged around but he looked pretty damn good in the 1st quarter….

    And let’s not even talk about how crappy the Niners offense looked last night. A beer bottle almost went through the TV…..good thing it wasn’t my TV.

  20. dt58 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:08 PM

    I agree Herk that it is a little concerning but I don’t think the sky is falling. A lot of the pressure was missed assignments and mental errors. I don’t think that you’ll see a guy not get touched to block a punt in regular season by any team. Also thought the D did great but again, it’s preseason. Det went 4-0 in preseason then proceeded to stink it up fat 0-16…not about wins or stats, it’s about evaluating what you have on the roster and what they can and cannot do

  21. southpaw79 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:12 PM

    RE: timdubya

    The starting offense (most of it at least) were only in for like 5 plays, which resulted in 3 points. The rest of the first half was Mostly the Chiefs #1 defense vs the Niners #2 offense, and yes, the Chiefs #1′s did look good against the Niners #2′s as it should be.

  22. marvin49 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:14 PM

    @chiefsnfl
    @timdubya

    um…before you gp pound your chest about the Chiefs defensive “dominance”, you may want to go rewatch the game. How many series did Kaep play? How many Series did Gore play? How many series did Vernon Davis play? How many series did Boldin play? The answer to all those questions is ONE…and they scored on the drive.

    After that the Chiefs had their first string D in against BACKUP players. Colt McCoy. Scott Tolzien. AJ Jenkins. Garrett Celek. LaMichael James (tho I do like LaMichael). You Chiefs fans are cracking me up. The Niners starters were out after their first series on BOTH sides of the ball while the Chiefs #2.s didn’t come in till after the half. You are thumping your cest over starters containing a team of backups. LOL.

    That’s pathetic. More pathetic…it was preseason. Even more pathetic….YOU STILL LOST THE GAME. LMAO!! Your first string O-Line was getting pummeled by the 49ers BACKUP D. No Justin Smith. No Aldon Smith.

    Sad.

  23. kgbdk says: Aug 17, 2013 3:16 PM

    I thought Alex looked decent. The biggest problem I saw were all the drops that were passed right on the money. It looked like all three would have been caught for first downs. He probably held onto the ball too long, but given that Jamaal Charles wasn’t playing, it’s tough to gauge how good their offense will be. Alex can complete those underneath routes all day if they get 4-6 yards on the rush for each set of downs. He’s already using Anthony Fasano as a security blanket. Charles will also be a good option on screen plays.

  24. zillabeast says: Aug 17, 2013 3:26 PM

    There’s the Alex Smith we all know and love.

    Chiefs fans, you guys have fun with that.

  25. realfootballfan says: Aug 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    Get used to that Cheif fans. Alex Smith isn’t that good, even though Andy Reid will make him as servicable as Kevin Kolb or AJ Feeley.

  26. ddjesus says: Aug 17, 2013 3:59 PM

    It looked like the Chiefs were experimenting with a jailbreak blocking scheme.

  27. dt58 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:04 PM

    marvin49 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 3:14 PM
    @chiefsnfl
    @timdubya

    um…before you gp pound your chest about the Chiefs defensive “dominance”, you may want to go rewatch the game. How many series did Kaep play? How many Series did Gore play? How many series did Vernon Davis play? How many series did Boldin play? The answer to all those questions is ONE…and they scored on the drive.

    After that the Chiefs had their first string D in against BACKUP players. Colt McCoy. Scott Tolzien. AJ Jenkins. Garrett Celek. LaMichael James (tho I do like LaMichael). You Chiefs fans are cracking me up. The Niners starters were out after their first series on BOTH sides of the ball while the Chiefs #2.s didn’t come in till after the half. You are thumping your cest over starters containing a team of backups. LOL.

    That’s pathetic. More pathetic…it was preseason. Even more pathetic….YOU STILL LOST THE GAME. LMAO!! Your first string O-Line was getting pummeled by the 49ers BACKUP D. No Justin Smith. No Aldon Smith.

    Sad.

    Who’s doing the thumping now?

  28. germanstingray says: Aug 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    I love it when all of the NFL pseudo-intellectuals try to predict the outcome of a season based upon preseason match-ups.

    Now, that’s really pathetic!

    It’s also another great reason for the NFL to quit subjecting their fans and season ticket holders to meaningless scrimmages.

  29. marvin49 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    @dt58

    Who’s thumping? I stated the truth.

    Chiefs played their #1′s for the entire first half against mostly Niner backups and could do almost nothing on O and stuffed Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien. Gratz on the “accomplishment”.

    Your line couldn’t hold up all night. You gave up 7 sacks to Nate Stupar, Corey Lemonier, Parrish Cox (2), Parys Haralson, Cam Johnson, and Mike Purcell. What do they all have in common? Not one is a starter. Only 3 are likely to make the team. Starting D played ONE series.

  30. EJ says: Aug 17, 2013 4:35 PM

    Smith will do well in KC. I believe he was over excited to show his ex-coach that he whiffed on going with Kapernick over him. On a calm and non-mind warping Sunday, Smith will regain his mental status toward the game and prove the doubters wrong. Reid is the perfect coach to use a player like Alex Smith. Time will tell.

  31. 1oldpro says: Aug 17, 2013 4:42 PM

    Don’t worry, Alex, Reid is a quarterbacking genius. Oh, dear.

  32. tjjohnson98 says: Aug 17, 2013 5:03 PM

    Two different strategies on approaching preseason games, can’t really fault either team for doing what they wanted to. The Niners were pushing the envelope and working on their blitz packages quite a bit. They got to the QB. Gave the #2s a lot of time, but tested them with stepped-up game plans. Nothing wrong with that. Meanwhile, the Chiefs were playing their #1s a lot more, but were keeping it close to the vest with playcalling on both sides of the ball. So their starters got more work. Can’t get too wrapped up in thinking your team is great or sucks based on these games.

  33. prmpft says: Aug 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    I believe that has ALWAYS been the knock on Smith – he is easily rattled.

  34. jrcoop says: Aug 17, 2013 5:36 PM

    We keep hearing about how talented the Chiefs are (even with a 2-14 record), but actually seeing it on the gridiron seems to be another thing entirely. Granted it’s only preseason, but they did play their starters well into the game, including the much hyped O-line. You can’t just blame Alex, but he looked the the same old QB when under pressure, and that appears will be ongoing. Maybe contention is still a bit out of reach.

  35. 64post says: Aug 17, 2013 6:07 PM

    Aug 17, 2013 2:51 PM
    I love how everyone rails against Smith and the Chiefs for not being able to score on one of the top 2-3 defenses in the league .. totally ignoring the fact that the Chiefs defense completely shut the Niners down in the first half, save one run from Frank Gore..
    They shut out SF’s 2s’ and 3s, just a little fact you left out. Kaep played 1 series, Alex play an entire half.

  36. raiderapologist says: Aug 17, 2013 7:22 PM

    Even with Smith looking like Smith, they should still be able to double their win total from last season.

  37. abel1408 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:47 PM

    Alex is going to cost Andy Reid his job! And Andy SHOULD lose it for going after Alex. Guess he doesn’t know QBs as well as everyone says.

    Thanks for the draft picks though!

  38. racyman57 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:48 PM

    Smith will be fine, but the Chiefs need to recognize that they depend too much on Jamalle Charles. The 49er’s didn’t respect the running game at all last night, which made it even harder for the O-line and Alex. I also would like to see Smith have the time to pass to his wide receivers, instead of having to check it down to his RB’s, etc. We still don’t know if Bowe has a legitimate number two guy, as we haven’t seen any real passing game, thus far. I do have confidence in both Alex Smith and Andy Reid to get the offense clicking, but it is frustrating to see no improvement, at least in the pre-season games. I’m sure the offense they are running now and what they plan to do are quite aways apart, but I just want to see some expsloveiness. Us Chief fans haven’t seen a legitimate NFL offense since 2010 and that was even short lived. Too much talent on this team to not be competitive.

  39. jjackwagon says: Aug 17, 2013 10:01 PM

    Talk bad about Smith all you want. He didn’t throw into triple coverage, fumble, or throw any picks. All Smith needs to do to be an upgrade this year is not average 3.5 turnovers per game.
    I know that’s a low bar but that’s all we have been watching in KC during the Cassel era.

  40. racyman57 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:31 PM

    Let’s not overreact to a damn preseason game, one way or the other. Most were singing Smith’s praises last week and now he is a bum. I do want to see him be able to utilize his WR”s more and throw a few passes down the field. I remain confident, based on Smith’s past couple of seasons, that he won’t be fazed by a lackluster performance, in a preseason game and will use the game for what it is intended for, to improve. None of us have a clue about what Reid’s goals were in this game, how this offense is compared to the one we will see week one and what adjustments will be made to help the offense be more explosive and consistent. I agree that Smith doesn’t tend to creat turnovers and that ,in itself, is a major upgrade from the past couple of seasons under Cassel, Tyler Palko, etc. Let’s all begin the judging process week one againts the Jags.

  41. sc49ers says: Aug 17, 2013 10:57 PM

    Alex alex alex same old alex if it wasn’t alex that would have goten anybody that’s a real defense they are ranked #1…..

  42. briank1ne says: Aug 18, 2013 2:56 AM

    im a niners fan but im still rooting for smith. I think he did really well. on all three of the dropped passes, he had the ball on the money. Some would have been for serious yardage. 3rd down conversions etc. Id love to see the chiefs beat out the broncos.

  43. randalbarrick says: Aug 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    Receivers can’t drop balls, that are right on the money, especially when they’re for first downs. Those were perfect throws!

    Alex will thrive in an environment where the OL works. Get him running around, trying to avoid freight train line backers and he looks like any other QB that has no OL, i.e., crazed. BTW this applies to all of us.

  44. brainsmasher says: Aug 18, 2013 7:25 PM

    I agree with jjackwagon. All Alex Smith has to do is be the same Alex Smith he has been for the last two years.

  45. abel1408 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:38 PM

    You Chief fans are in such denial. If you think all your team needs is for Alex not to turn the ball over and play it safe for you to be successful then be prepared to get what you asked for.

    Too bad you’re going to trade playing it safe for points. Alex is going to get shut down consistently just like he did against the Niners. Teams know him. Load the box and take away the short pass and he’s done. And unless you have elite running and defense to keep you in games then you’re doomed.

    Alex was shut down by our 2nd and 3rd stringers. Pathetic.

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