Not that Smith will admit it. Asked about his 9-1 career record against the Raiders dating back to his time with the 49ers, Smith gave his best “aw shucks” answer and claimed to be unaware his games against Oakland were anything out of the ordinary.
“To be honest, it’s probably just coincidence,” Smith said in a conference call with Bay Area writers. “They’re all different, they’re all unique and a lot of these last ones have really been close, down to the wire. I hadn’t even known our thought about it until you just said it right now,
One of the players they worked out was third-year pro Frankie Hammond, who spent four seasons with the Chiefs (2013-16), primarily on the practice squad, before signing with the Jets this offseason. During his time with the Chiefs, Hammond caught four passes for 45 yards and returned 29 punts for 315 yards, with a long of 47.
Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that they are making a familiar move to give themselves more depth in the backfield. Paylor reports that they will sign running back C.J. Spiller for the fourth time this year.
"Alex was back peddling into me," Mitchell said. "I wasn't even going in the direction of Alex. He's throwing and fading away. There's a lot of things that go into the play that make it an accident that you don't want to see, but that's exactly what it is."
“It goes really deep because I was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas,” Etheridge said. “My father was a huge Chiefs fan and I don’t even remember learning about them, I just always knew about football and the Chiefs.”
“I thought (the hit) was pretty late, I mean when you get hit in the back of your knee like that I didn’t understand how that happened. Certainly guys falling, rushing the quarterback I get it when it’s happening from the front and guys trying hard. That one to me just seemed so weird to get hit that low coming from behind.”
When asked if he thought it was on purpose? “No I mean I have no idea I haven’t seen the play so I couldn’t tell you but just fired up at the time.”
With that said, watch the play again, and you be the judge. Was it a dirty hit, or not? Vote in the poll below.
I told you before the games began that you should pick the Chargers over the Raiders. I’m not sure if Derek Carr isn’t completely healthy or what. The Chargers beat the Raiders — in Oakland! — 17-16. I would say something here about how awful the Raiders look but I also remember saying how awful the Steelers looked last week against the Jaguars. The Raiders are preparing for their Super Bowl on Thursday night.
The Chargers will have a chance to avenge their Week 1 loss to the Broncos next week, then Denver travels to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. It doesn’t get any easier from there either as they face the Philadelphia Eagles on the road and then head back home for a prime time matchup against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.