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Alex Smith Stifled in Preseason Matchup With San Francisco 49ers

Alex Smith

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The San Francisco 49ers were licking their chops to see Alex Smith again. While Colin Kaepernick only threw two passes and didn’t really outduel Smith in this preseason battle, the Niners defense surely had fun limiting the ex-Niner to 7-for-16, 62 yards and a 54.7 quarterback rating with three sacks to boot. San Fran topped the Kansas City Chiefs in Friday night’s exhibition, by a score of 15-13.

“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,” Niners CB Carlos Rogers said prior to the game, via The Associated Press. “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.”

The longtime Niners quarterback struggled upon being selected No. 1 overall in 2005 and seemed a bust the heading into the 2011 campaign. Thanks to Coach Jim Harbaugh taking over, this offense suddenly began brilliantly using the talent on hand while allowing Smith to boost his QB rating and efficiency numbers with a creative-yet-conservative approach.

San Fran initially received some criticism for benching Smith midway through last season in vastly superior QB talent Kaepernick, and the results eventually quieted the flawed reasoning of the opposition. Smith is a nice quarterback and all but San Fran knows full well that Smith could not electrify this offense like Kaep. I’m not saying this preseason game is the primary evidence for that, but San Fran’s defense was probably glad to best Smith when he faced them at Arrowhead Stadium Friday night.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google