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  1. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    I know, right?...
  2. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    1) you think every QB in the NFL lets possible personal financial ramifications dictate some decisions they make. Interesting. So I guess you also believe every QB in the NFL makes decisions to pad their stats instead of decisions to help the team win--as Desean Jackson allegedly claimed Cousins did during close games. Because Cousins' example he gave was of him padding his stats for financial gain. If what Jackson (and apparently one or two others) is reported to have said is accurate, then it was obvious from his teammates that Cousins was "being human"...and it bothered them. But thumbs up to Cousins for stepping up to the plate to admit it. I guess. 2) You have a strange definition of "leadership" if you think it's determined by whether or not you're resigned. If you were to ask any of the decisionmakers why they decided to not keep Keenum on as starter, I would guess "wasn't a leader" would never appear on any of their lists.
  3. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    The problem is, Cousins admits that financial issues could affect his decision making during games. Not that it did, but that it could. It doesn't have to be incentives, it could be "If I throw too many interceptions I could lose a million a year on my next contract" and then find himself going to the safer option. The correct answer was to say "Money and financial ramifications never enter my mind when I'm on the field." He's trying to prop up the fully guaranteed contract the Vikings gave him (and that the Skins would not, at least as far as he knows) by saying it doesn't offer any financial distractions...but in the process he says he is a player that could be distracted. There are far better QBs who make far less than Cousins who would never say that. It's not a good look. As for his comment on leadership, I'm guessing Case Keenum wasn't given--and didn't need--this same "platform" last year to become the team's leader. Didn't matter that he was known as the 3rd stringer.
  4. He's not "the media", he's the ex-coach of a hated division rival. "The media" has actually been praising the Redskins quite a bit lately. I guess they forgot we sucked.
  5. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    Exactly. Rex Grossman was a "gunslinger"...I haven't heard/read anyone claiming Smith was a gunslinger last year and will be one this year. Besides, "gunsliinger" usually means throwing downfield, not throwing into tight windows. And tight window throws can happen one yard past the LOS by the best dink-and-dunk QBs. The article linked above basically says Smith didn't throw a lot of tight window throws, but when he did he was excellent at it. By the way, for 2016: Kirk Cousins rarely throws into tight windows. Cousins threw just 14.3 percent of his passes to a targeted receiver who had less than a yard of separation in 2016, the second-lowest among starting quarterbacks. Only 7.8 percent of his throws that traveled 20-plus air yards went into tight windows. General manager Scott McCloughan told Cousins he was going to "going to build this roster to where you can be average and still be good," and it appears that plan worked this season. One difference being: neither threw tight window throws much, but when Cousins did throw into tight windows he didn't do well. Smith's tight-window throws improved significantly from 2016, landing him a #4. I mean, seriously...look at this **** here lol:
  6. Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    Stumbled across this tidbit from 2 years's a ranking of the draft classes made shortly after the draft. A very weird-feeling flashback: 14. Washington Redskins Score: 170 points (3 players) The lowdown: The Redskins franchise-tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins, and wasted no time in getting him a young weapon in the passing game by picking Doctson. It should also be interesting to see what defensive coordinator Joe Barry does with Cravens, an instinctive hybrid defender. The players (points): No. 29: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU (72) No. 49: Su'a Cravens, LB, USC (52) No. 55: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (46)
  7. Is this the best Defensive Front we've had in years?

    Brandon Thorn‏ @VeteranScout
  8. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    This sounded...weird lol...the idea that the offense will "take over" the division...but the article is good (and there's a lot of article at the link): NFL‏Verified account @NFL Why the @Redskins offense could take the NFC East over: (via @greggrosenthal) Making the Leap: Redskins' offense to rise with Alex Smith Alex Smith was not a consolation prize. After being mired for years in Capitol Hill gridlock concerning Kirk Cousins' imaginary contract, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden finally has a quarterback that he chose. "We got better," Gruden said of the team's switch from Cousins to Smith, a claim that the coach sounds confident will show up on the field this season. I believe him. Smith is now 13 years into a counterintuitive career. He's a former No. 1 overall draft pick who doubles as a perennial underdog. He's been traded twice, both times coming after excellent seasons. He's a game manager who excelled throwing deep last season, a player derided for being boring despite being excellent at improvising with his feet. Smith has seen too much to believe that Washington is a permanent home, but at least there is no young hotshot on the Redskins' roster ready to take his job. Gruden is invested; with money, with draft capital and with his words. What looked like a marriage of convenience at first glance has potential to be a lasting solution. 'More firepower than ever' Smith has functioned best when playing point guard, distributing the ball in offenses that focused on matchups, not feeding the ball to one superstar. As loaded as the 2017 Chiefs were, this Redskins squad could have an even more diverse group of weapons. The acquisitions of former Seahawks deep threat Paul Richardson and rugged rookie running back Derrius Guice have attracted most of the attention in Washington this offseason, but the return to health for tight end Jordan Reed, running back Chris Thompson and tackle Trent Williams will be just as crucial. Add that group to an offense with one of the league's best slot receivers (Jamison Crowder), one of the best backup tight ends (Vernon Davis) and another deep threat with potential to make the leap (Josh Doctson), and the ceiling is the roof. "I believe that we have more firepower than ever," Gruden told Kimberley A. Martin of the Washington Post after minicamp. "Not to say that the teams in the past didn't have any. I just feel good about our depth and the weapons that we have once they become healthy." The Redskins have at least two of everything. Doctson and Richardson can take the top off a defense and win jump balls at the point of attack. Crowder, Reed and Thompson all know how to find space over the middle of the field that the team's vertical receivers help to create. Thompson is a passing-down standout and the perfect complement to Guice's relentless, Marshawn Lynch running style. Davis is necessary insurance for Reed's foot problems, and the team even has three quality tackles in Williams, Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe to help prevent one injury from capsizing the team. There is safety here in numbers, with flexibility to survive injuries and multiple candidates for breakout seasons.
  9. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    His car seems a lot like mine lol....fossilized food under the floor mats and stuff like that there.
  10. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    It definitely should... Here's some of the stuff that got deleted that i had before: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: “Alex, you are the definition of a true leader and your professionalism helped me grow as a player." Derrick Johnson: “He gave us stability, confidence, a sense of leadership." Tamba Hali: “He knew how to go about each day at work and guided his team to victory after victory. Most of my wins with the Chiefs came with him at the quarterback position. What he’s left behind is just how you should handle yourself at that position, regardless of adversity.” Mitchell Schwartz: "I think he was the best quarterback in the NFL this year, and the numbers bear that out. He put up some crazy statistics, and he was by far the best deep-ball thrower in the NFL this year. So it’s been a blast. He’s the guy that makes us go. Unfortunately from his perspective, all the bad in middle of the season was offensive line related. We gave up too much pressure and he wasn’t able to step into his throws and that’s something we tried to address, and as we got better, he got better. He’s awesome, I can’t say enough good about him. "I think in a general sense he’s under-appreciated. We really understand in our locker room how valuable he is to our offense, relative to other quarterbacks in the NFL. If that were the case (if he gets traded) and Alex is out, we’d understand what we’re losing. We know that Alex is really the driving force that makes the offense go. If it happens, it happens, but I think we all love playing with him." And an article I read months ago, that made me nod in appreciation at what we were getting in Smith: " Smith prepares for what on Sunday could be his last regular-season start at Arrowhead Stadium, it’s a good moment to pause and reflect on how much better off the Chiefs are than they were five years ago in great measure because of Smith’s mind-meld with coach Andy Reid. That team, you’ll recall, was 2-14 in 2012 with Matt Cassel at the helm of the worst offense in the NFL, all symptomatic of a diseased franchise. His naysayers notwithstanding, despite the human limitations that sometimes have splotched his play, Smith has been at the very heart of the extreme makeover as a player and as an absolutely first-class leader and ambassador for the organization no matter what the circumstances. The most valuable player on the team this year also is the Chiefs’ nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and absolutely one of the most impressive men you’ll ever meet."
  11. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    From what his Chiefs' teammates have said, I'm optimistic that Smith's leadership will be a genuine, noticeable asset for the team: Center Mitch Morse: “The ultimate leader of men on the field, and one of the best teammates you could possibly have in the locker room. I owe Alex a great deal for helping me learn how to be a professional. Wish you all the best!” Travis Kelce: “Can’t say enough about the guy.... one of the best competitors and teammates I’ve ever been around. Someone who I owe a lot of my success to, and a guy that’s been a class act through all the ups n downs....You can’t say my name without saying Alex Smith. I know that everybody in that office absolutely loved Alex. "I shot him a text to see if he was here,” Kelce said. “I wanted to see him face-to-face and just appreciate him and say thank you for being how good he was.” EDiT: Ok, had a ****oad of other stuff I had written, but it disappeared when I edited my post just now lo (d'oh!)...just know that it was more of the same.
  12. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Geez, there's no context for the "Bruce Allen is an asshole" comment so it could be about anything. Could be about negotiations or maybe something in the guy's contract that cost him money. Or maybe just the fact that he was let go (or not resigned, whichever) assistant coach could have told him that he wanted him to stay but it was Allen's decision to move on. Who the hell knows. I only doubt that Francis had many opportunities to interact with Allen to a degree that would allow him to assess his level of assholeness lol...unlike Scot, who probably sought out interactions with players on a regular basis outside of contract negotiations, Bruce seems far more distant. I remember when he first arrived here, one of the first things he implemented was to have Snyder's receptionist or assistant turn away any players who wanted to talk directly with the owner. I even think the player was given instruction to go down and talk to Allen instead. So don't think Allen is a "player's GM". So I don't doubt that there are some who feel he's an asshole for one reason or another. I'm positive there are players who feel/felt Belichick is an asshole, but when you win as much as he does who gives a **** can't be an asshole and lose. EDIT: and why is the word "asshole" not censored, but pea**** gets the ellipses treatment lol...
  13. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I agree, though my post was more about Vinny. Through the haze of passing time (and the desire to view Allen as arguably worse), Vinny was being portrayed on the thread as a goofy incompetent but not much else. Marty was clearly saying that even though he was no longer physically in the building, Vinny still had the ear of the owner and was undermining what he wanted to accomplish with Snyder and was even affecting the communication between the two men. Basically backing up @Riggo#44's post above about Vinny being far more than merely incompetent.
  14. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    “I mean, I thought we had a pretty good plan in place. I’m not sure that we had everybody’s support, but that’s ok as long as you communicate those things. The absence of that communication was as big a problem as any.” Were the communication problems with ownership? “No, actually, Dan and I, we interacted on a regular basis,” Marty said. “And I like Dan. You know, I just always felt that there may have been some other people in the building..." [...]Pollin: Well there was one person that you got out of the building very early. (he means Vinny here)Marty: “That’s right!”Pollin: Are you indicating that he may have still been in the building when you no longer had him in the building?Marty: “Well, I’ll say this to you, the irony of it was that he left the building, and I had not been gone very long, and within a period of a couple of weeks he was back in the building.”Pollin: And you didn’t have the ability to kick this person out of the building?Marty: “Well actually, no, they did kick him out of the building. He didn’t come back until after I was gone....Dan was not the problem. Ultimately it falls on ownership, but Dan was not the problem.”
  15. Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

    Dangerous throw or impressive as ****? lol... Brandon Thorn‏ @VeteranScout Alex Smith's ball placement in the short/intermediate areas of the field is outstanding. Good example here: video