KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The biggest storyline leading into the 49ers second preseason game was a matchup with their former quarterback, Alex Smith.
That wasn't the only showdown between a player and his former team.
Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, a former fifth-overall pick of the Chiefs in 2008, returned to Arrowhead Stadium after five seasons in Kansas City. Dorsey spent time during pregame warmups talking with some of his old defensive line teammates and when he took the field, his added excitement was noticeable.
"It was cool to come back and see everybody," Dorsey said after his first game in the visitors locker room. "It was a little awkward, but it was cool. I was glad I got to see everybody and talk to them."
Dorsey and the 49ers defense were challenged with the task of shutting down the Chiefs first-team offense, which stayed in the game for the entire first half. Meanwhile, San Francisco's second-team defense took the field after just one series by the starters.
The 49ers backups, however, pride themselves on playing like starters when they're in the game and that showed on Friday night. Alex Smith was under constant pressure, including three sacks, and the defense ended the game with a total of seven sacks.
Late game heroics by B.J. Daniels and Chuck Jacobs on a 21-yard game-winning touchdown, ensured that Dorsey's return to Kansas City would be capped with a win.
"I'm going to talk a little smack to them," Dorsey said after the 49ers first preseason victory. "It was a good game and it was great to come out and see everybody."
Dorsey, a free-agent acquisition in the offseason, is currently listed behind Ian Williams at nose tackle on the 49ers unofficial depth chart. After two preseason games in which the defense has yet to give up a touchdown, Dorsey admits there's still plenty of work to be done despite their early success.
"Defense did good," Dorsey said. "We still have a lot to work on. We have to come back to practice, keep getting better and have a better effort next week."