I know it is difficult on something like a message board or in any written communication to get across nuance but it is in my perception that everything - and i mean everything you post seems to be the anti routing for 'our' guy - with the possible exception of Guice, but i am sure you will sour on him soon enough (maybe his pass blocking will be under scrutiny) -
For example - without playing a down - or having even a practice in Pads - you have dismissed our first round pick Payne as 'just a guy'
In various posts you have dismissed the roster as providing - no help, typically with respect to other people (e.g. to prop up Kirk) - sorry but to my eyes - we have some very very good players on the roster and it irritates me to no end that you constantly feel the need to trash anyone in a Redskins jersey to prop other people up .
If you take from a post a couple of points up -
Negative people: Andy Reid is more innovative in Jay specifically to getting the most of the Alex -- presnap motion, making the run game work. Jay is good but not Andy Reid level good in those specifics. Alex is more check down/conservative than what Jay is used to. Teams figured out Alex after his hot 2017 start and played heavy zone against him and his play slid some. At 34 his legs aren't going to be the same forever. The supporting cast isn't the same in DC. Alex won't be the 2017 version of himself.
The things specifically the age and Smiths legs are things you have been parrotting in almost ever post as to why Alex was a bad idea - But has it not occurred to you Alex knows this and he is evolving his game as most running QBs have tried to do at some point with varying degrees of success - Generally running QBs tend to be more reckless and have below average fundamentals - runners who play QB, but Smith has good fundamentals and uses his legs to supplement his game. As to Smith being more conservative - this is an old trope that has followed him since the 49ers - he is careful but when the shots are called he takes them. Not so much with the guy who was here. - everyone remembers the if i took all the shots Jay called i would have 20 interceptions.... comment
Also your comments put all of the blame on Smith for the failings or falling away of the Chiefs in 2017 - You have to remember - Hill is only a 2nd-year guy - he can make his share of mistakes - running the wrong route dropping the odd catch etc just like anyone else.
Jays system is very very QB friendly ( which is why i kind of think Kirk might struggle some - coupled with the fact the new OC is a first time OC in Minny and Zimmer is a defensive minded coach) you can see how QB friendly the system is when McVey goes to LA and with the schemes he and Jay use (and you can see a lot of Jay in what McVey does) and suddenly Goff goes from dud to stud.
Andy Reid is a hell of a head coach and offensive mind but his offense has always always been about the run first getting the balls into the runners hands from handoffs and pitches and using the pass to set up the run - ball control and stop them with the D - the presnap motion and misdirection all help the run game work as much as it does the passing game. Talent is important but scheme and adaptability are equally relevant - and i think until we see different players in different schemes then it is fairly pointless carving them up as players. .
SIP you are a great poster and i enjoy reading what you say - and generally i disagree with most of what you say and the way you will find specific sources to act as an echo chamber to support and shield your opinion - while appearing (and it is - as i say a perception) to dismiss anything or any ignoring other sources that dispute you. .
I personally have great faith in the coaches and the players - but my expectations are routed right now in the 8-8 camp until i see something different. 8-8 to me is not great but not a failure depending on how you get there - going 7-1 and finishing the season 8-8 is crap but y'know ... and i have seen your expectations between 7-9 - 11-5 (which are actually better than my expectations) but everything seems to be shrouded in this - tempering expectations drab negativity - where is the love ? where is the optimism - Its july the sun is shining ( oddly in the UK it is something of a rarity ) - c'mon i know you have it in you ... be positive !