Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles under pressure from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Smith struggles against San Francisco 49ers


The new lead guy under center for the Kansas City Chiefs is Alex Smith, and he didn’t do well against the San Francisco 49ers, his former squad.

Smith played in the entire first half against the 49ers and completed just 7-16 passes for 62 yards, finishing with a QB rating of 54.7. The ball saw the grass more often than it did Chiefs’ receivers. It didn’t help that he felt pressure all night long against a dominant defensive line and was sacked three times.

Colin Kaepernick was an early exit for the 49ers, being a part of just five snaps in the first drive before the backups took over. Head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t risk any potential for an injury on a position that finally hasn’t received much criticism for the team since Smith was at the helm.

The special teams were the real stars of the show with four made field goals in the first half and Quintin Demps returning a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Chiefs in the sixth minute of the game.

Both teams struggled offensively with both converting 7-28 third down opportunities and counting as they reach the middle of the fourth quarter.

None of this should be made to assume that the 49ers should finally be happy that Smith is gone after looking terrible against his former team. Preseason doesn’t mean anything except for players that are trying to make the cut. He’ll have a chance to improve and potentially thrive with the Chiefs.

But the 49ers are heading in a better direction without him, and some of his play tonight gave fans a reminder of what they watched for nine seasons with him under center.

Tags: Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs San Francisco 49ers

  • Jason Collins

    That was just awful to watch. No one knew their protections, the QBs looked lost… It was like a flashback to last preseason. Their second string D killed our first string offense. It was awful

  • Kisersosay

    Sf scored a TD’s on our 4th string Whoohooo

  • Matt Dickson

    You’re smoking something if you really think “Alex Smith Struggled..”

    He had several well placed passes that were dropped and his pass protection was very poor. I only saw him make one bad decision– when he threw to Baldwin along the sideline when he could’ve picked up the 1st down underneath to McCluster.

    Otherwise Alex did pretty much everything you could expect. His recievers and TEs (looking at you Kelce) need to actually catch while his line needs to offer more solid protection.

  • Justin Jones

    if u mean 5 or 6 dropped passes and no O-line help as bad smith play then yes. other than that this is a really bad read. he had no help from davis either. liking that guy less by the game.

  • Jamie Denton

    Terrible READ!!!! I would have liked to have seen what Capernick would have done if he were the new QB of the Chiefs facing the 49er Defense!! Yes the Chiefs still have work to do there are a lot of new players, new coach, new system, and things have to gel, the Chiefs haven’t had the 2 or 3 years experience the 49er’s have had under the same coach and system, they probably know that system inside and out, thus this is why they are who they are! I thought the Chiefs did pretty good all but a few things that need working on like calling protections at the line and the line knowing what to do when the protection is called, having receivers that can actually catch the ball, and not be thinking about the YAC or TD they are going to score after the catch or whatever is going on in their heads! Other than that I thought the D and special teams did awesome as well as some of the players on offense! I say put McCluster in at slot, make Avery your number 2 WR instead of Baldwin and let the rest of them fight for it on the WR side. I also like Devon Wylie as a WR.