Alex Smith: First six years with 49ers 'really dysfunctional'


Alex Smith: First six years with 49ers 'really dysfunctional'

The 49ers selected Alex Smith No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft.

From 2005 to 2010 (he missed the entire 2008 season), the 49ers went 19-31 over Smith's 50 starts.

He completed 57 percent of his passes and threw 51 touchdowns against 53 interceptions.

His play drew much criticism -- including harsh words from Jerry Rice.

"Arguably the greatest football player ever ... to be so vocal, doubt me, clearly his lack of support and what he thought about me -- you certainly heard," Smith recently told Graham Bensinger. "Certain words -- those are hard to cancel out. So yeah, you hear 'em. You know they're there. It's tough."

Bensinger: "You're sounding like a politician."

Smith laughs out loud.

Bensinger: "Does it piss you off?"

Smith: "I knew how dysfunctional the work environment I was in at the time was ... the culture at the time in the building, those first six years for me. I knew that it was really dysfunctional. I knew that this wasn't the way that successful places operate."

Then, Jim Harbaugh arrived and revived Smith's career.

But Smith lost his job in 2012 after sustaining a concussion, and was traded to the Chiefs.

He was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2016 and led Kansas City to the playoffs in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

In Week 1, he completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns as the Chiefs stunned the Patriots in New England.

In June, Kansas City traded up and took quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick...

Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad


Report: Chiefs sign ex-49ers CB, former Raiders RB to practice squad

A pair of former Bay Area footballers are headed to Kansas City.

The Chiefs have reportedly signed former 49ers cornerback Keith Reaser and former Raiders running back George Atkinson to their practice squad.

News of the deals was first reported by ESPN.

Reaser was waived by the 49ers on Saturday to make room for cornerback Asa Jackson to be promoted to the active roster in time for Sunday's game in Seattle. Reaser was a fifth-round pick in 2014. After missing his entire rookie as he recovered from ACL surgery, Reaser played in 28 games over the past two seasons. He did not appear on defense in the 49ers’ season-opening loss to Carolina last week, but he appeared on 10 snaps of special teams.

Atkinson has been a familiar face around the Raiders. He was claimed off waivers from the Browns on July 29, but waived on Sept. 2.

49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame


49ers assistant Katie Sowers donates items to Pro Football Hall of Fame

San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Sowers, in her role as seasonal offensive assistant, became the first female assistant in NFC history this season. Sowers is situated upstairs for game days as part of Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Sowers donated her coaching shirt and binder from the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased that Coach Katie Sowers has donated artifacts from her regular-season debut as the first fulltime female coach in NFC history,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan said in a statement.

“Her pioneering role in pro football will undoubtedly inspire others to work to overcome obstacles while pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

Kathryn Smith, a member of the Buffalo Bills staff last season, was the league’s first full-time female assistant.