So, um, hey. Long time, no see.
We used you, abused you, booed you and screwed you.
But those were good times, huh?
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (not your ex-girl or boyfriend) may hold a grudge towards the 49ers for the team’s inconsistent and emotionless treatment.
During his eight-year Bay Area stay, the 2004 first overall pick had to legitimately compete with the likes of J.T. O’Sullivan and Shaun Hill, ignore public insults from his head coaches and lose his starting job to injuries on separate occasions.
But after facing the 49ers in a preseason match (a 13-15 loss no less) in Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since his trade in March, the signal-caller once synonymous with infamous NFL busts showed no hard feelings towards his former teammates.
“Those guys gave me an opportunity. They have given me a couple opportunities over the years…obviously, we disagreed with what happened last year, so you move on from it.” Smith told the Kansas City Star.
As for the 49ers, they were never in love with the former Utah star to begin with.
Throughout the first seven drives that Smith played, San Francisco sent the bathroom sink at its ex-leader. Smith was sacked three times and hurried repeatedly, which, along with a case of drops, led to an unspectacular 7 of 16 throws for completion for 62 yards and a 54.2 passer rating.
Seeing Smith in head coach Andy Reid’s air-oriented offense, 49ers fans reminisced the best and worst of the quarterback over the years.
There was Alex Smith, the broken man running for his life in a grass-stained jersey.
And there was Alex Smith, the sharp precision passer impersonating a Jugs machine.
Whatever is your final impression of Smith, we can say all parties involved were disappointed in the outcome. It’s time to move on. There were moments in scarlet and gold when we thought the relationship would grow into something beautiful, but it turned out the two are happier without one another.