Alex Smith to be traded to Chiefs, ESPN reports


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  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    March 11, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    Take off the crimson glasses when recalling the history of Young. He never "almost" lost the starting job to Bono. It was a drummed up "controversy" that flamed out faster than it was drummed up. In 92 and 93 he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game where they lost to the Cowboys.(Who were so good because of all the draft picks they got from the Heschel Walker trade.) 94 they finally beat the Cowboys and win the Super Bowl getting the proverbial monkey off of Steve Young's back. Little known fact; Jerry Rice has more TD passes from Steve Young than he does from Montana. lease don't compare Alex to Young; it's insulting.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 28, 2013 6:51 p.m.

    Hatch: "obviously not in the same class as McMahon-Young".

    I am not saying that Alex is in the same class as Young, but you have to look at the Young journey.

    BYU 1983
    USFL 1984
    Tampa 1985-1986 where he amassed a 3-16 record and was dumped to make room for Vinnie Testaverde.
    49ers 1987-1990 bench sitter and clean-up duty for the most part
    49ers 1991 starter only because of Montana injury, got injured after 4-4 start, loses starting job to Steve Bono (sound familiar)?
    49ers 1992-almost loses starting job to Steve Bono, almost traded to the Raiders.
    49ers 1993-owner wants Montana to start over Young, luckily for all football fans, Montana asked to be traded.
    49ers 1994-superbowl winners under George Seifert, a Ute.

    As late as 1992, people thought Young was not even in the same class as Bono. DeBartalo thought he wasn't in the same class as aging, failing Montana in 1993. We all know NOW that they were wrong. But, Young couldn't get anywhere before a Ute coached him to greatness. A little history for the unlearned! Hind sight is 20/20, opinions are a dime a dozen.

  • Hatch Sandy, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    Alex is a good guy but obviously not in the same class as McMahon-Young. Good luck playing under another Indian moniker Alex.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 27, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    He is the king of the 5 yard slant pass. Great trade for the 49ers.


    Ironically the CKap couldn't make the 5 yard slant pass to win the Super Bowl.

    Great trade for Alex Smith.

  • That's A Good One Meridian, ID
    Feb. 27, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    "Top 5 QB in the league!"

    Good one Chris. Top 5, clipboard holder maybe. He hasn't done anything that's validated him as a viable former #1 draft pick. Next thing you're going to tell us is that Jordan Wynn was a "Top 5" QB in the PAC 10.2.

    I'm sure you're most bummed about losing the best shred of hope you had of finally having a former U QB actually play in a super bowl.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    Reid is the one and only coach that might give smith a chance for some modest, and limited, success. The best possible outcome for smith, no doubt about it.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Alex is a good QB. Throws well - runs well and is pretty safe with the ball. If Andy Reid can surround him with a good O-line Alex will do well in KC. Too bad he can't get a contract extension but if he does well in 2013 he will certainly get one.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    "...re-live his early SF days...".

    Yeah...Those were the Daze...HC's like Mike Nolan...Mike Singletary...31 Flavors OC's each season...Team ownership/front office in a daze...

    just like Kap walked into...

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 27, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    I guess a former ute, and cougar can co-exist. At least the coug is the boss.

  • No U Won't Reality, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    Good to know that the Denver Broncos won't have to worry about the KC Chiefs this year!

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    So long Alex, and thank you for your contributions to rebuilding the Niners into a Super Bowl caliber team. I'm happy for him that he will again get to start. Sad though that he will have to re-live his early SF days again.

  • skitter Orem, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Top 5 quarterback? I think not. At the time of his benching the 49ers were 27th in passing yards. Their defense was number 2 and the running game was number 4. I like Alex, it was great to have some local ties on my favorite team. But let's be realistic about what kind of quarterback he was. High completion percentage yes. Not alot of turnovers, yes. Top 5 quarterback, definitely not. Maybe top 12. He is the king of the 5 yard slant pass. Great trade for the 49ers.

    Feb. 27, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    With that investment, the Chiefs now seem required to take Luke Joekel at number one to anchor the O-Line. As cool as it would be to potentially see two number one overall picks from the same school playing on the same team, I don't think that is realistically in the best interests of either Star or Alex for the team's success.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    I heard that a lot, but in my opinion they would not have beaten GB with Smith ( I know they already beat GB with Smith, but GB played better in the playoff game), but you never know.

    First pick of the 2nd round plus another conditional is a greal get for the niners

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Feb. 27, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan but I am also an Alex Smith fan. He has shown class in a rough time at SF and has overcome many, many obstacles and trials. Whether he is a top 5 QB remains to be seen but I think he has a pretty good chance. I just hope he has an O-line that can protect him. A very good O-line can make a good QB look great.

    I really hope he succeeds with the Chiefs!

    Feb. 27, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    "San Fran: "He is so good, so let's get rid of him!""

    In case you haven't paid attention, that's actually the exact rationale SF brass had. The coach made the decision on the starting QB, but Alex's value was too high for them to agree to release him.

  • BYU_Aggie LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    What a terrible move by the Chiefs. When you think about how average Smith has been with a Super Bowl caliber team around him, just think how awful he'll do on a team that needs as many pieces as KC does. I grew up going to Chiefs games, and I was really hoping that Andy Reid would right the ship over there - if this move is any indication, I don't think the Chiefs will be making the playoffs any time soon.

    Chiefs should have kept the draft picks and tried to get Smith off waivers if they really wanted him. I doubt anyone would have been looking for Smith anyways.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Feb. 27, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    "Chris B
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Top 5 QB in the league! Go get that Super Bowl Alex"

    San Fran: "He is so good, so let's get rid of him! This new guy is better than this dead weight."

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    Smith completed over 70% of his passes, including 26 of his last 28. I still wonder if the 49ers would've won the Superbowl with him leading the team, but different decisions were made and it is what it is. Smith handled the transition with leadership and class.

    Looking forward to watching him continue his long career as a starting QB in the NFL.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    Top 5 QB in the league! Go get that Super Bowl Alex

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    Go get 'em Alex! What a class act!

  • SammyG Child ALTAMONT, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    I'll miss Alex on the Niners but glad to see him get another opportunity.