San Francisco 49ers’ defense is looking forward to hitting their former quarterback Alex Smith when they face him and the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason game on Friday night.
“There’s a first time for everything,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said, via The Associated Press. “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 expects Smith to test him on Friday.
“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.”
“Now we’ll get a chance to hit him,” Rogers added. “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.”
Smith lost his starting job with San Francisco in November to Colin Kaepernick. He was traded to the Chiefs in March.
“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.”
Smith played seven seasons in San Francisco, and still has many supporters in his old locker room.
Running back Frank Gore, tight end Vernon Davis, and Kaepernick are all rooting for Smith to succeed in Kansas City.
“He did a lot for me, Alex was someone that really helped me pick up the playbook, understand what we were trying to get done and how we wanted to do it,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be as far along as I am right now without him. Personally, he’s a great guy, he’s a class act. I have nothing bad to say about him. He’s always helped me, he’s always put the team first.”