Niners Knock Their Old Buddy Around

From Arrowhead Stadium

It was all hugs and kisses football style in the pre-game with Chiefs QB Alex Smith and his former teammates with the San Francisco 49ers.

As expected, that all ended when the ball was kicked off. Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh and his defensive coordinator Vic Fangio came out and went aggressively at Smith during the first half. It wasn’t just with an ordinary pass rush, but with a blitz package that included plenty of defensive backs coming off the edge.

“I didn’t handle the pressure as well and there were just some finer details here and there and I didn’t connect on some of them,” Smith said after the game.

Typical of Smith, he didn’t focus the blame entirely on the offensive line for Friday night’s troubles.

“That kind of falls on all of us,” Smith said. “There were a few times that they brought more than we had and the ball has to come out and we have to executive on the outside. There were a few communications things up front that we have to iron out.”

Before the game, Smith had a chance to say hello to many of his former teammates and coaches, including head man Jim Harbaugh who took away his starting job last year due to a concussion and inserted Colin Kaepernick. It was also Harbaugh that hastened the trade that sent Smith to the Chiefs.

“He and I talked enough since the trade that it felt like it was all in the past,” Smith said. “I wished him the best of luck moving forward.”

Smith admitted there was an unfamiliar vibe to things at the start.

“It was definitely different,” he said. “Those are guys that I played a long time with and got to know really well. It was weird facing them.”

His former mates agreed.

“It was strange,” said Niners RB Frank Gore. “I am happy he’s on a team that has great weapons. When they have a quarterback, they can do something. I am happy to see he is the man.

“Alex and I came in together and I just saw him go through so much. With the guys he has around him I think he’ll have a great year.”

Said former Mizzou DT Justin Smith: “It was a little bit different, but that’s the NFL for you – a lot of roster changes. It’s to be expected.”

Smith only saw the No. 1 San Francisco defense for the first quarter and then played in the second period against the No. 2 unit.

“It seemed like every time we got a couple of first downs, we sputtered out and couldn’t executive on third down,” Smith said. “We didn’t quite get into the same rhythm this week for a lot of reasons. It will be good to look at.”

12 Responses to “Niners Knock Their Old Buddy Around”

  • August 17, 2013  - bhive01 says:

    Did he actually say “executive”? Cause that’s weird if he did.

    I’ve been there before (in HS soccer) and it is weird to play against someone you played alongside for more than a few years. As much as you say that you don’t play differently, you do.

  • August 17, 2013  - R W says:

    I keep telling myself not to get overly exercised over the outcome of a pre-season game. Good advice to myself but hard to take, especially when the team failed to look much different from the 2012 edition at a comparable time.

    Right now, I’d have to say the Chiefs are a couple of solid drafts/post season acquisitions away from causing any commotion or keeping opposing coaches staffs up through sleepless nights in trying how to find a way to beat them.

    Then again, no game planning, vanilla looks and it’s, it’s…..only a pre-season game. Yeah, right.

  • August 17, 2013  - el cid says:

    RW, your second para. may well predict the Chiefs season this year. They have a piece here and there, but they are like my golf game. In 18 holes, I have 5-7 great shots, right club, right direction, almost pro-like. But the rest of the 100+, no clue of why it went the wrong way, wrong distance, can someone help me find the ball.

    Overall this team was 2-14 and earned every loss. There are a bunch of those players still on the team. Hopefully things will get better but not tomorrow.

  • August 17, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    The defense played well enough to win some games. The offense, not so much. Bright spot was Davis didn’t fumble. Not enough to warm my heart.

    Most years I will complain about four preseason games; this year I wish we had five.

  • August 17, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    I was disapointed in the fact we didn’t stop the corner blitz. I put that on the coaches/left tackle. The one up the middle was on rook RB Davis, he got blown up.Who better (SF ) to know how to rattle there XQB. WE well see this all year till we stop this. Do we have anyone that can catch the ball. The 3/4th RB stunk up the place also. Our DF/SPTs look good again last night. We well be tough to run on this year, the Dline look good.If we don’t have injuries we well play above 500, I hope for more .Go Chiefs

  • August 17, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    To Johnfromwichita; Hasn’t that kinda been the age old problem for the last 2 to 3 years??? The defense plays solid and keeps us in the game but the offense is impotent like usual. I only got to see the espn highlights but they showed the S.F. defense “man handling” our OL.

  • August 17, 2013  - Niblick says:

    Chuck-The defense later in the year has played better the last couple of years. However ,NOT EARLY. I think they gave up 89 ponts in the first two games in 2011 and 79 points in the first two games last year. They have to play better early as does the offense.

  • August 17, 2013  - txchief says:

    I think it was a reasonably good second preseason game. Every team has a great deal of work to do at this point.

  • August 17, 2013  - ED J says:

    A lot of people blaming oline must not understand responbility of Qb to get oline in the right protections or either didn’t watch the game. For most part when oline had blocking assignments down they did fine. Except when Albert got beat on the roughing the passer penalty. Outside of that Smith did a poor job identifying who was blitzing and sliding his protection that way or did an even worst job of changing his receivers’s routes to hot routes.

    At least 2 of his 3 sacks he held on to the ball too long. I watched ton of tape on him in SF he doesn’t like throwing ball in tight windows downfield. NFL preseason live doesn’t have coaches’s tape so its hard to tell if WR were open. But in SF quite a few times he would turn down what by NFL standards would be an open receiver and take sacks. Most fans see this as oline not blocking but coaches see this as QB turning down opportunity to make a play and just being too cautious with the football.

  • August 17, 2013  - ED J says:

    2011 Smith led the league in most sacks taken by a QB and that was behind the best oline in football. So what does that tell you about him?

  • August 17, 2013  - txchief says:

    Alas, there are two more worthless preseason games left to torture the fans.

    I hate worrying about the upcoming season on the basis of these crummy, pretend football games.

    I’ve been skeptical of Smith since rumors of the trade came out, but it’s way too soon for KC fans to throw him under the bus and say “I told you so.”

    Without a doubt Alex Smith is better than what the Chiefs had last year under center. I want to see what happens when the games count. If KC and Smith play poorly, and the team isn’t 4-4 or better after game 8, it will be time to start chanting “blow it for Bridgewater.”

  • August 18, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    whoa, tx. 4-4 after 8 games.

    We only won 2 last year.

    4-4 after 8 means it could be 12-4 after 16.

    Hope springs forever.

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