Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City
By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/14/13
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith. And this is a group known for its vicious blows, from sack man Aldon Smith at linebacker to pounding safety Donte Whitner. So, no surprise Smith's former teammates on the opposite side of the ball will be salivating to finally chase the quarterback down when they face him and the Chiefs in a preseason game at Kansas City on Friday night. "There's a first time for everything," linebacker NaVorro Bowman said, smiling. "We never got a chance to hit him. 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." Cornerback Carlos Rogers plans to talk trash -- because, he insists, Smith will certainly be expecting it from this group. "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. When he was here we didn't really go against the 1 offense unless it was training camp." Smith has begun anew in the AFC with the Chiefs after being traded in March. He lost his starting job with San Francisco in November to Colin Kaepernick. Smith certainly sounds as if he will leave the personal ties out of it Friday -- rather focusing on preparing his offense with a matchup against one of the NFL's top defenses in recent years. "Regardless of the fact that I used to play there, they're a good defensive unit," he said. "They're a really good defensive unit, and they'll be a good test for us. I mean, they don't have many weaknesses on that side of the ball. It'll be a really good test for us." Given Smith's long history with the 49ers, an up-and-down, eight-year tenure -- filled with numerous promotions and demotions, not to mention injuries -- after they selected him with the No. 1 draft pick out of Utah in 2005, he still has many supporters in his old locker room. It was Smith who took it upon himself to lead San Francisco's players in workouts at nearby San Jose State during the 2011 NFL lockout, a step in his leadership that put the team in position to end a franchise-worst stretch of eight seasons without a playoff berth or winning record. For that, and so many other things, coach Jim Harbaugh is grateful to this day, even if he made the tough choice to go with Kaepernick for last season's stretch run. Smith largely thrived under the direction of Harbaugh, a 15-year NFL quarterback himself. Come Friday, both sides will try to keep all the mixed emotions off the field. "Now we'll get a chance to hit him," Rogers said. "He had on the jersey and we couldn't touch the quarterback, so I'm pretty sure our D-line will be happy about that, too."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Beckham stared straight at eclipse, can still see his 'haters'

LeBron downplays Griffin's comments about him going to NY

Broncos coach calls Siemian 'permanent' starting QB

Report: MLB threatened to fine umps over protest wristbands

Mark Davis: Raiders have won fight for Los Angeles

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mayweather reportedly furious Bieber is distancing himself

Trainer blasts Antonio Brown after parting ways with WR

Anquan Boldin says he is completely done with football

Report: Fowler charged with three misdemeanors for alleged attack

Report: Goodell close to signing five-year extension with NFL

Report: Pacers accuse Lakers of tampering with Paul George

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

Best of Yardbarker: NFL goes in on Ezekiel Elliott, NFLPA

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

Box Score 8/18: Reds and Cubs claw through a 23-run game

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

Box Score 8/17: Interleague games bring the fireworks

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Anquan Boldin calls it a career' quiz

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker