Washington Redskins: Front office may have got it right with Alex Smith
When the Washington Redskins traded for QB Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, I was shocked. I do not believe that I was the only one who was either. Additionally, at first, I was a bit angry at the situation. I was hoping that the Redskins would pony up the money to pay their current QB, Kirk Cousins. However, as the postseason began it started to sink in more and more that Cousins and the Redskins were not good for each other. Therefore, after sitting on this deal for the night, I believe that the Washington Redskins made the right move by getting Alex Smith.
It is not often that a team has an opportunity to get a QB the caliber of Smith. Yes, while the Redskins may have had one right in their pocket the message was clear. Cousins has been sending that message since 2016. Maybe, just maybe, this is not the poorness of the Washington Redskins front office.
Alex Smith is a winner. He has a career record of 88-62-1. That is a career winning percentage of .582. Moreover, Smith takes care of the football. His career TD to interception numbers are 183/96. That is roughly a 2:1 TD to INT ratio. He has also been to playoffs five times in his career. Three out of the last four to be exact.
While Cousins had some impressive stats as a member of the Washington Redskins, winning was not one of them. While he has only played three full seasons, his record is not impressive. Cousins’ career winning percentage is less than .500 (.456). He also a propensity to turn the ball over. Thus averaging double-digit turnovers the past three seasons. Cousins may be stats machine but he fails at the most important, winning!
Therefore, while the details of the trade are not the best, you have to give something to get something. The loss of CB Kendall Fuller stings. Nevertheless, if the Washington Redskins are better than average in 2018, that sting may just be the shot the doctor ordered.
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