Found August 11, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
The 49ers on Friday play the Chiefs for their second exhibition game of the season. Any other year, this game doesn’t deserve a second thought. This year is different. There’s a familiar face on that other sideline, leading that offense. An old friend. Of course we’re talking about Alex Smith. OK, sure, it’s only preseason. Smith will be yanked before Aldon Smith and friends can get much of a chance to reacquaint themselves with him. And the game isn’t even in San Francisco. The outcome matters zilch. But the 49ers and Alex Smith have so much history—some good, some involving fans calling him names—that doesn’t make a preseason meeting between them insignificant. To speedwalk down memory lane: The pressure was immense right off the bat for Smith as a first-overall pick. There were a whole bunch of frustrating, OMG-why-is-this-guy-still-our-starting-quarterback seasons before he finally broke through in 2011 and brought the team to within a game from the Super Bowl. Last season, he l...

Alex Smith: “We’d love to stick it” to the doubters

With Chiefs head coach Andy Reid now in Kansas City after being fired in Philly and after quarterback Alex Smith lost his starting job last season with the 49ers,  Smith says they’re ready to stick it to the doubters this year. “We’d love to stick it to everybody who thought we couldn’t do it, he and I included,” Smith, 29, said in a recent interview. He added, “It...

2013 Fantasy Football preseason watch list

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where age, weight and speed play no factor in championship capabilities. The time of year where the couch, and not the field, is where the competitors’ blood, sweat and (in my case) tears, fall. It’s fantasy football season. And while Christmas is nice, I love the fourth of July, and Halloween can be quite a holiday, nothing compares...

Reid tried to trade for Smith in Philly?

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid admitted recently that he tried to trade for his current quarterback Alex Smith, not once, but twice when he was coaching the Eagles.

Recap: Smith solid in short time as Chiefs fall to Saints 17-13 in preseason opener

NEW ORLEANS -- Preston Parker had a pair of touchdown catches in his bid to fill one of New Orleans' open receiver spots, and the Saints defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13 in the preseason opener for both teams Friday. New Chiefs coach Andy Reid saw all he needed of new starting quarterback Alex Smith in the opening drive, which went 80 yards on 14 plays, capped by Jamaal...

Chiefs vs. Saints: Reflecting On Quarterback Play

Alex Smith took the field for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Saints. He made his debut for the Chiefs after last season bowing out from the San Fransiciso 49ers. Smith, running on a good pair of legs, looked a lot like Drew Brees. Making a good decision at trying to get back to the line of scrimmage, Smith seemed to be in a good rythme, going  4/4 in his opening drive.The mojo...

Chiefs Camp Notes: 49ers Game Matters

St. Joseph, MO – If you’d had been at Alex Smith’s press conference on Tuesday, you knew questions would arise about Friday’s exhibition opponent. And it so happens, the Chiefs will be facing Smith’s old team the San Francisco 49ers. So what does this game really mean for KC’s new quarterback?

Andy Reid wanted to trade for Alex Smith while in Philadelphia

When Andy Reid talks about how highly he thinks of Alex Smith, he’s not just blowing smoke. He really means it. The Kansas City Chiefs traded a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a third-round pick in the 2014 draft to the San Francisco 49ers to acquire Smith earlier this offseason. It sounds like [...]

Alex Smith, First Team Offense Perform Well In Loss To Saints

After a long wait for Chiefs fans, the 2013 season (well, preseason) has started and fans were finally able to see the new and improved Chiefs in action, as they played the New Orleans Saints on Friday night. The Andy Reid style offense was evident, but unfortunately wasn't able to produce enough to come out with the win. Alex Smith looked extraordinary, as he led the the Chiefs...

Andy Reid tried to trade for Alex Smith twice when he was in Philly

Chiefs head coach Andy reid admitted to the New York Times as well as Peter King of that he tried to trade for quarterback Alex Smith twice during his time with the Eagles. Two other things about Reid: In the New York Times Sunday, he admitted he’d twice tried to trade for Alex Smith while in Philadelphia. He didn’t say when, and he told me that while it was true, he...

Andy Reid Tried Trading For Alex Smith As Eagles Coach

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid knows a good quarterback when he sees one.  Reid has made a living out of taking quarterbacks no one believed in, and making them serviceable. Just ask Bills backup Kevin Kolb who turned an opportunity to start in Philadelphia, into $28 million guaranteed from the Cardinals. When the San Francisco 49ers decided this off-season that they had no more need...

Andy Reid tried to trade for Alex Smith multiple times with Eagles

When Andy Reid took over the Chiefs this past offseason there was a large noticable glaring hole at quarterback. Reid didn't mess around when it came to filling that hole handing the 49ers a pair of second-round picks for Alex Smith in a stunning offseason trade. Turns out this past summer wasn't the first time Reid made an an attempt to land Smith from the 49ers (although...

Revamped Chiefs show promise in preseason opener

Andy Reid said before the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason opener that he simply wanted to see his team execute. Nothing fancy. Just get the job done. He couldn't have asked the starters to execute a whole lot better. Led by new quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs opened with a grinding, 14-play, 80-yard drive on Friday night in New Orleans. They capped it off with a short...
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