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March 19, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Smith appeared to be the odd man out in San Francisco. The Miami Dolphins were already one of the odd teams out in the Peyton Manning derby. Sounded like a match made in heaven ... or at least a match made on the Island of Misfit Toys. While free-agent quarterback Smith was considering a three-year offer from San Francisco, the team he led to the NFC championship game last season, members of the 49ers hopped a plane to North Carolina to watch Manning work out. Meanwhile, Manning informed the Dolphins last week that they were no longer in the running for his services.
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January 4, 2014 | By Brad Biggs
  INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning did not win his first playoff game until his sixth season but left the kind of legacy in this city that will be difficult to top. His successor, Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick a year ago, won his first playoff game in his second try in a matchup Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium that will be remembered for years. Now the quarterbacks with this town in common could be headed to a meeting in the playoffs' divisional round next weekend.
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May 30, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Smith thinks passing yards are an overrated stat. And Joe Flacco thinks he's the best quarterback in the NFL. Seriously, what has gotten into the mediocre quarterbacks of the NFL this off-season? Perhaps they're getting tired of being referred to as mediocre -- especially because both Smith and Flacco had fine seasons and had their teams heartbreakingly close to the Super Bowl last year. Flacco's comments were made months ago, so we've had plenty of time to digest (and stop laughing about)
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December 31, 2013 | Sam Farmer
So … we meet again. Three of this weekend's four NFL wild-card games are rematches from the regular season, with New Orleans at Philadelphia being the only first-time matchup. The most recent of these meetings came two weeks ago when Indianapolis won at Kansas City, 23-7. The Colts, who play host to the Chiefs on Saturday, took advantage of four turnovers in that game. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith had a fumble and was picked off twice after tallying just six interceptions in the first 14 games.
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February 27, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs. The deal can't officially be made until March 12 when the new league year begins, but FOXsports.com says the teams have reached an agreement, and USA Today later confirmed the arrangement. The details of the trade have not been released, but according to the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco could receive Kansas City's second-round pick in April's draft - No. 34 overall - and a “similar” pick in 2014.
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November 20, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Colin Kaepernick was spectacular in his first-ever NFL start Monday night. The San Francisco backup quarterback, playing while starter Alex Smith recovers from a concussion, threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns during the 49ers' 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears on national television. Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about his quarterback situation after the game - and seconds later a quarterback controversy was born. “I usually tend to go with the hot hand, and we've got two quarterbacks with hot hands,” Harbaugh said.
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January 28, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Smith is expected to ask for his release from the San Francisco 49ers before the start of free agency, according to a report Monday by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. What could possibly make Smith want to leave a team that is just days away from playing in the Super Bowl and looks to be the makings of an NFL powerhouse for years to come? Just a hunch, but it might have something to do with the fact that the former starting quarterback was benched midseason despite taking the 49ers to the brink of the Super Bowl last year and had completed 70% of his passes in leading the team to a 6-2-1 record this season.
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October 8, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
For only the third time in his not-so-storied career, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith passed for 300 yards. It happened to help San Francisco rout the Buffalo Bills, 45-3, and establish a new team offense record at 621 yards. That's right. Smith's superlative effort -- 303 yards passing and three touchdown strikes -- wasn't even the better half of the yardage equation. The 49ers rushed for 311 yards, with Frank Gore gaining 106 in 14 carries and Kendall Hunter adding 81 in 11 carries.
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March 13, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Smith is now a physical away from becoming the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, with the San Francisco 49ers officially announcing the trade of their former No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday. Just seeing his name in same sentence as the phrase "starting quarterback" -- and with the word "former" nowhere to be seen -- must come as a relief to Smith, who lost the 49ers' top spot to Colin Kaepernick more than midway through last season despite leading the team to the NFC championship the previous year and to a 6-2-1 record before getting hurt in 2012.
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November 26, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Alex Smith may not have lost his job as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback. But he may have had it taken from him. Smith was cleared for contact Sunday morning after missing the previous week's game with a concussion. But instead of joining his teammates on the field against the New Orleans Saints that afternoon, Smith stood on the sideline, ready to go with helmet on, only to watch popular backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick lead the 49ers to victory for the second week in a row. Do you think the Pittsburgh Steelers would have left starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the sidelines Sunday had he been cleared to play?
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December 29, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Welcome to Stunned Diego. Not even the most optimistic of Chargers could have realistically predicted what unfolded Sunday, the final day of the NFL regular season, when left-for-dead San Diego somehow found its way into the playoffs. A month ago, the Chargers were 5-7 and roundly written off. Then came a four-game winning streak culminated by a season sweep of the Chiefs. "It's been an unreal ride this year," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in a postgame interview with CBS, his voice cracking.
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November 24, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Philip Rivers hadn't even reached the airport after Sunday's game in Kansas City, and already his spirits had climbed to 35,000 feet. The San Diego quarterback said he was calling from the team bus, although it sounded closer to cloud nine. "This is one of those games you'll never forget," the elated cellphone Charger said as teammates hollered and laughed in the background, basking in the afterglow of a 41-38 upset of the Chiefs. Rivers clinched the victory with a 26-yard touchdown pass to receiver Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds to play, not only halting San Diego's losing streak at three games but also keeping flickering playoff hopes alive.
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November 16, 2013 | Sam Farmer
The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) are the NFL's only undefeated team, and quarterback Alex Smith is playing it close to the protective vest. He's ranked 27th in passing yards, yet has a league-low four interceptions. Kansas City's defense leads in several categories - sacks, takeaways, and efficiency in the red zone and on third downs - - but its keep-it-under-the-speed-limit offense hasn't scored a touchdown in the last six quarters. Sunday night's showdown at Denver (8-1) pits the Broncos' top-ranked offense, averaging 458.7 yards per game, and a Kansas City defense that has surrendered a league-low 12.3 points per game.
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September 26, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
Unless you have a high tolerance for selfish behavior, “Lake Anne” probably won't float your boat. This downbeat new drama about an ex-ballerina and her developmentally disabled son proves a leaky vessel with which to launch the Road Theatre Company's first full season in its impressive second location, a 77-seat performance space in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Awash with clumsy, filler-laden scripting and uneven performances, Marthe Rachel Gold's play revolves around Anne (Laurie O'Brien)
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September 8, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
In each of the last 10 seasons, at least one team has gone from worst to first in its division. That's an NFL record. So which team is going to do it this season? The last-place finishers in 2012 were Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Carolina and Arizona. The No. 1 candidate is Kansas City, with Coach Andy Reid, quarterback Alex Smith and a roster loaded with Pro Bowl talent. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 2012 Chiefs were the first team to have six Pro Bowl players and fewer than six victories in a season.
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September 4, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Sam Farmer's team outlooks are listed in predicted order of finish. WEST DENVER BRONCOS 2012 | 13-3, 1st in West Last year in playoffs | 2012 They're going all the way: The Broncos were 99% of the way to the AFC title game when they blew the coverage against Baltimore, gave up a pivotal touchdown and had their Super Bowl dreams evaporate. Peyton Manning had an MVP-caliber season, the Broncos were even better on defense,  and the team is better this year.
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February 27, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Alex Smith is headed to Kansas City, the first major acquisition by the Chiefs since Andy Reid took over as coach. A person with knowledge of the trade told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Chiefs have agreed to a deal for the 2005 top overall draft pick, who lost his starting quarterback job in San Francisco to Colin Kaepernick last season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade does not become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins.
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October 12, 2012 | Sam Farmer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The most improbable, unbelievable throw by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn't even hit its intended target. It came last Saturday before Game 1 of the National League division series between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds, when Smith had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. Who could have guessed that Smith, once the Bay Area's most derided athlete, would get those raucous cheers as he walked out to the mound? This was a guy who went from the NFL's No. 1 pick, to a struggling starter, to a backup, to nearly being cast aside by the franchise that had rushed him onto the field.
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June 3, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
SI.com's Peter King had an interesting item in “Monday Morning Quarterback” on Oakland's interest in drafting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2011, and how San Francisco traded up to grab him with the fourth pick in the second round. “I think about it all the time, believe me," former Raiders coach Hue Jackson told King. “No question in my mind we wanted it to happen, and no question I thought it could happen. We wanted the kid in the worst way.” According to King, the Raiders had Kaepernick as the top-rated quarterback on their board, ahead of the five taken before him: Cam Newton by Carolina, Jake Locker by Tennessee, Blaine Gabbert by Jacksonville, Christian Ponder by Minnesota, and Andy Dalton by Cincinnati.
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March 14, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
In a move that surprised no one, former USC quarterback Matt Cassel was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday with two years left on his contract. News broke weeks ago that Kansas City had agreed to trade for former San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith. That deal became official on Wednesday, the same day the Chiefs signed former New Orleans Saints backup Chase Daniel to be their No. 2 quarterback. Cassel signed a six-year, $63-million contract with the Chiefs four years ago. At the time, he was coming off a magical season with the New England Patriots, leading the team to a 10-5 record as an unknown backup thrust into the spotlight when Tom Brady suffered a season-ending injury in the season opener.
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