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  1. Per Schefter: Su'a Cravens Considering Retirement

    Gotta say, I liked Cravens - he had a good rookie season, and I was on board with giving him another chance this year.... but the kid is a fruit loop. Why can't he just keep his damn mouth shut? If he wants to play football then he needs to shut the hell up, put on his big boy pants and prove it on the field. Somebody needs to have a serious conversation with him. I'd still let him bring it to camp but he has some serious work to do to make the roster - he has to prove it at a much higher level than the next man up (JHC I presume), otherwise he ain't worth the risk. The bar for him making the roster has to be way higher than anybody else. Guess we're gonna find out what's up with the Skins/Su'a drama though - he just got reinstated by the league officially.
  2. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    Kirk is nearly 30 - not saying he has no upside left, but I think that is a point which is massively over-rated by the fanbase. I don't think he has been improving year on year particularly - he's remained fairly stagnant in terms of progression over the last 2 or 3 years - I don't think he has much space to reach his ceiling to be honest - I think he does have some upside left, but he's never going to reach the next tier and become elite. They have different strengths and weaknesses but ultimately, there's not much between them. Kirk throws more yards, Alex throws less INTs etc.
  3. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    I get what you're saying, and I think you can make the case both ways - does it get us over the top? Not in isolation. If we call Breeland and Fuller a wash talent wise (for arguments sake), and presume we resign Breeland then it's essentially Alex Smith + a starter vs Kirk + 3rd round pick. Does having an extra quality starter help the team more than not having one? Absolutely. Is it possible we could have got good value and a better player in the 3rd round? Sure. Is it possible that we could have picked up a scrub in the 3rd? definitely (see Matt Jones) So another perspective of looking at the trade would be: Alex Smith + Breeland + a quality starter (with maybe a bit of cap left over) Kirk Cousins + Fuller + 3rd round pick. Cousins and Smith is pretty much a wash in terms of quality. You could argue Breeland and Fuller both ways - Breeland more proven and experienced, Fuller more upside and potential so it's pretty much a wash. So essentially we've traded a future unknown 3rd round pick on a rookie deal for a proven quality starter on a more expensive deal but with the money to pay them. Our last 5 3rd round picks have been Jordan Reed, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Matt Jones, Kendall Fuller, Fabian Moreau - so it's hit and miss in terms of overall quality and first year impact. You can make the case that at least with the money rather than the pick, we should be able to target a quality addition at a specific key position rather than going BPA in a position we don't necessarily need in the draft, or reaching for a position fit etc. This is all presumes that Bruce is capable of signing a quality FA in a position of need, but that's another debate entirely. You say the money wasn't necessarily worth it - that's fair, and like I say, I think you can make a case both ways for that. What is missing from that argument though, is the other factors in the trade - it wasn't just about money, it was also about security at QB. I'm sick of dancing to Cousins' tune and have a QB circus every year, I'm sure the players are too. Would Cousins have even signed a LTD here at all? Who knows. I have my opinion, and others have theirs, but we couldn't come to an agreement with him and for the sake of the team moving forward, it was important to get this position secured. I also don't think Kirk is a leader, Alex Smith is a proven leader etc etc. There's all kind of things that come into this rather than it being all about the money.
  4. Could be wrong but I believe they would save $3mill on the cap - think he has a dead cap of $600k this year vs a salary of $3.6mill
  5. That's exactly the point - presuming we keep McCoy this season, then you can presume that we would have kept McCoy if Kirk had stayed - I don't understand why we can subtract Colt's salary from the difference, as if keeping Kirk would have taken that off the books. Not trying to press an agenda either way here - just thought it was an odd thing to say.
  6. Do you not need a back up QB with Kirk then?
  7. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    I don't think anybody is pissed off he doesn't want to be a Redskin. People are pissed off because he spent two years talking out of both sides of his mouth pretending he did want to be a Redskin. Like I said, I have no problem with Kirk the player, but Kirk the person I think is a bit of a jerk.
  8. I love Reed when he's healthy, but he is a money sink because he's just not healthy enough to have an impact for the team. Good enough that someone might take a flier on him and hope he can stay healthy consistently though (which he inevitably will if he leaves the Skins - nailed on to suit up 16 times a season - that's just how the world works )
  9. Welcome to the Redskins, Alex Smith

    We don't have tonnes of space but we have enough to grab Jarvis Landry I would think. That would be a huge get for us. A WR and a RB in the draft and this Offense will be decent. Agree with everything you say re: Smith - I'm looking forward to the new era.
  10. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    I posted in the BA/GM thread about this - my soccer team drove an owner out in the late 90s by protesting outside the stadium on gamedays with banners and flags - the media ran with it and it got a fair bit of coverage. Is it feasible in the USA?
  11. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    Congratulations bro - that sounds like you're having a great week. Good luck to you and your family.
  12. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    That is probably the best post this board will see all year. Beautifully written. Problem is the good girl checked out and kept taking the gifts after she decided to leave already so she is not an angel either (I'll stop there as we agreed to leave that debate), but aside from that you've absolutely nailed it, and I couldn't agree more. See, told you we weren't that far apart on our thinking here
  13. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    I liked a lot of the post until I got to this bit. You don't really think Snyder is capable of learning a lesson do you? He ALWAYS knows best and always will at least in his opinion.
  14. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I agree OVC, it's a band-aid but it's a band-aid that gives multiple benefits over the other band-aids that were available. Even if you discount all that though, I'd rather lose Fuller and a 3rd than lose all of our first and second round picks until 2025 moving up to nab Baker Mayfield. If nothing else, the trade for Smith stops the "brain(less) trust" in the FO from making a dumb move to trade up for a QB in the draft out of sheer panic.
  15. Alex Smith Trade Thread (Details Inside)

    OK, we're really not all that far apart if that's the case, except rather than loving Kirk, you are determined to pin 100% of the blame on the Front Office because you're so jaded with them. I'm jaded with the FO too, and I don't WANT to pin the blame on Kirk - it's just the way I see this particular situation that he has played a part in this.... I'm as happy as the next guy when Snyder and Bruce get out of town, but to say they are solely responsible for every part of every situation is a pretty subjective stance to take.... but yeah, I agree let's leave this discussion there because I don't think either of us are changing our perspective on this issue and in the grand scheme of things it's not all that important really either. Peace brother.