Since joining the Chiefs, Smith has acknowledged hard feelings over losing his job to an injury. He saved some harsh comments for The New York Times. He was quoted in a recent article that he wanted to "stick it" to those who doubted him.
He didn't specify any person or team, but the comment seemed aimed at Harbaugh and the 49ers.
"It was not directed at them at all,'' Smith said this week. "Just in general. Just over the years some things you go through. It builds up.
Will Reid open up the offense just a little bit? No doubt Smith, even in a preseason game, would like to take some shots downfield in the two or three series the first unit plays, but based on what the Chiefs showed last week at New Orleans, Reid is going to keep it simple with short, safe high-percentage passes and protect Smith from the ravages of Aldon Smith, Justin Smith and other friends from the 49ers (that's a lot of Smiths out there).
Chiefs Unplugged: Training Camp Reflections from The Mothership
The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs are energetic and filled with motivation by each coach, player and staff member to make this an unforgettable season, returning the winning ways to Arrowhead Stadium.
Since leaving the practice fields for the final time of the year, yesterday, when Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright and his phenomenal staff began loading the sleds, jug machines, etc., it served as just another huge step in this promising 2013 journey.
Before leaving the practice fields Wednesday, the Chiefs players took time to create lifelong memories for the fans, signing autographs, taking pictures and Chiefs WR
Dexter McClustereven gave away his cleats. Here's more of what some of the players said about Chiefs Camp.
It's all part of a new NFL policy that allows only tiny purses and clear plastic bags such as a gallon-size zip-close bag.
It's a matter of safety, Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of communications, said Thursday.
Banning some bags had previously been discussed, but while the NFL, club representatives and security officials were meeting this spring to go over the NFL's safety policy, the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, McCarthy said.
"They took that into account and decided to improve the policy to adjust to the realities of the world," McCarthy said.
Look For A Big Turnaround By Chiefs from ESPN
Seven of the Chiefs' first nine opponents didn't have a winning record in 2012. Only one, Houston, made the playoffs. All but one of Kansas City's divisional games come after a Week 10 bye. In Philadelphia, Reid was 13-1 the week after the bye. The Chiefs play at Denver in Week 11 and host the Broncos in Week 13.
Until the train wreck of the last two seasons, Reid's Philadelphia teams typically were stronger and better in November and December. He would push hard early, then pull back late. And his players responded.
Camp Confidential: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
The Chiefs' roster is loaded. There are not a lot of holes. Sure, the Chiefs could use a deeper group of receivers, a deeper defensive line and a few odds and ends here and there. But in today's NFL, that is not a deep list of concerns. Add a top coach like Reid, a capable quarterback like Smith and several fine free-agent additions to a roster that featured six Pro Bowl players, and there is a lot to like about this team. This is not your average club trying to rebound from 2-14.
Chiefs' Smith Get To Square Off Against Ex Team from The Associated Press via The Raleigh News & Observer
"I know the competitor he is, and he wants to win and we do as well," Harbaugh said. "It feels different right now. Long and good memories of the time when we were teammates, a personal friendship. Then we wish him the best. A long and healthy and successful career."
Just like that? Well, in a way, yes.
The 49ers have obviously moved on with Kaepernick, and the Chiefs are thrilled to have Smith stabilizing a position that has been in flux for the better part of a decade.
Well, I just got back from visiting their camp and I do think the Chiefs have a nice thing going. But going from 2-14 to beating out a serious contender like Denver may be tough duty. Still, I think the Chiefs will make some noise this season.
Sound Expert: Chiefs Fans Have The Lungs To Set Guinness World Record from FS Kansas City
"We're just tickled pink how excited upper management is about this idea," Rowton says. "They said they believe we can break this world record, so that's pretty neat. I truly do, too."
Arrowhead was built partially below ground level with high slopes of seats on both sides of the bowl, creating an echo effect. Wolfe -- who's helping Mizzou with work on Faurot Field, and has measured sound at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. -- suggests the Guinness measurement be done by a microphone at field level, somewhere, "because everybody is focused there. All the voices are aiming in that direction."
49ers vs. Chiefs: Terrorhead's Return from Warpaint Illustrated
Granted exhibition games don't mean much in NFL circles. The goal is to get your veterans some work, establish your back-ups and STAY healthy at all costs. What does count is the regular season when wins determine playoff spots and losses establish your draft positions.
As we get ready for Friday night's second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs must re-establish Arrowhead as a real house of terror on their upcoming opponents.
Smith with Chiefs Similar To Montana 20 Years Ago from The San Francisco Chronicle
On the emotional Richter scale, the reunion Friday night in Arrowhead Stadium between the 49ers and their former quarterback is a mild rumble compared to the earthquake that occurred 19 years ago.
This is a preseason game, not a game that counts. Alex Smith and his replacement, Colin Kaepernick, will each only play for a few series, and be helmetless and long-cooled off by the time an outcome is determined.
And Alex Smith isn't Joe Montana.
Each of the school's more than 300 students received a box filled with the supplies required on the St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District's school supply list, which included items such as pencils, notebooks, crayons, scissors and folders.
Granite Bay's Wylie Settling In With Chiefs from The Sacramento Bee
Kansas City drafted the speedy former Granite Bay High School and Fresno State star in the fourth round last year in the hope that he'd spark the offense and the return game.
Instead, Wylie spent most of the season rehabilitating a bad hamstring. He finished with just six catches and handled five punts, averaging 5.2 yards a return.
The good news for Wylie: Last year doesn't matter all that much in Kansas City anymore.
The only bags that will be allowed in stadiums are clear and no bigger than a gallon zip lock bag. The NFL will be selling bags at Friday's Chiefs pre-season game, but they're going to cost you.
But fans are finding different ways to get by with the new rule. Like Carroll Miller who instead of complaining, got to work.
A Closer Look: 49ers vs. Chiefs from The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The story when the 49ers have the ball will continue to be the corps of wide receivers. This scrutiny doesn't figure to ebb anytime soon. Does the team has a legitimate deep threat? Where are Michael Crabtree's receptions going to go? A lot of eyes will be on new arrival Austin Collie.
Even A Bad NFL Team Tops A Hot MLB Team's Ratings from Awful Announcing
On Friday in Kansas City, the Chiefs' (who finished 2-14 last season and "earned" the top pick in the Draft) preseason opener with the Saints drew a 22.7 local rating on KCTV, a CBS affiliate. The Royals, on a 15-4 run going into Friday's matchup with the Red Sox, drew an 8.9 rating on Fox Sports Kansas City, 255% lower than the Chiefs' rating.
A.J. Jenkins Primed For Kansas City from 49ers.com
The 49ers 2012 first-round pick is aiming to play his best football on a big stage. San Francisco visits Kansas City on Friday to play Alex Smith and the Chiefs.
For Jenkins, one of a 11 healthy wideouts on the roster, it's another opportunity to showcase the skills his coaches and teammates rave about. He is competing with returning veterans like
Kyle Williamsand free-agent signees like Austin Colliefor playing time.
49ers Lineman Glenn Dorsey Earns High Praise As A Quick Study from The Sacramento Bee
At various times in the conversation, Jim Tomsula used "unbelievable," "terrific" and "exciting" to describe new 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey.
"Just doing a wonderful job," said Tomsula, the 49ers' defensive-line coach. "Works at it and picks it up quick. I couldn't say enough good things about Glenn Dorsey and where he's at right now."
Lowell Cohn: The Parable Of Two Brothers from The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
It is almost biblical what happens tonight in Kansas City - Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick. Esau vs. Jacob. Brother vs. brother. The eternal story. Esau and Jacob were twins. Esau came out first but Jacob grabbed his heel, as if he wanted to pull Esau back and be the first born.
If you are a 49ers fan, you root for Kaepernick, the favorite son, the favorite brother. But you feel for Smith, cheer for Smith, the first child, the good child who tried to please, always. He did his duty and he did it well and he was cast out and lost his birthright and blessing. And now he lives in Missouri.
NFL Top 25 Contract-Year Players Including Jay Cutler, Jimmy Graham, Maurice Jones-Drew from The Huffington Post
Asamoah graded out as the tenth-best offensive guard in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus, ranking ahead of four-time Pro Bowler Chris Snee and five-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins. The 25-year-old out of Illinois will be considered one of the top offensive linemen to enter the free agent pool next offseason, assuming the Chiefs don't find a way to lock him up beforehand.