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      Cowboys versus Redskins - now that just sounds correct.
       
      Hello friends, JimmiJo here along with THE Spaceman Spiff. Space is already on the sidelines, yucking it up with the important people. Me? I'm thinking how grateful I am for the 3-car accident on the beltway...
       
      If you cannot get up for this game, there isn't enough viagra made on earth for you. After all; the Redskins are hosting their eternal rival, the Cowboys. Winner will be sitting on top of the division, with a truckload of bragging rights.
       
      What's not to like?
       
      Well, for starters, everybody and their mom is inactive. Chris Thompson Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Quinton Dunbar; all inactive. What a time to have have your top two receivers out. The chatter here in the press box is Washington should do what they can to bring in receivers - to include making a trade with the Raiders for Amari Cooper.
       
      Then there's the question of which Redskins show up? They could come out and light Dallas up. Or, post an anemic effort to suffer another embarrassing lost. Neither would surprise me.
       
      One this is for sure, the distribution in fans is something like 55-45 Redskins. Already an embarrassment. Until you consider this team has done much to earn the lack of support.
       
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      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
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      o   No. 23 CB Quinton Dunbar
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      o   No. 30 S Troy Apke
      o   No. 55 C Casey Dunn
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      Did you hear the one about the team that got chance after chance but couldn't score more than a touchdown?
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      "Against the run of play" is a term you hear in soccer all the time. It is applicable here. It means the better team is either tied or trailing.
       
      Whoever said football was fair?
       
      Washington needs to find a way to get hot in the second half. The Dallas Cowboys are infinitely beatable today.
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Let's All Get Behind Alex Smith!

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Smith is my favorite after that “so, getting anything done in here?” Comment to Bruce while in his office 😂😂 

 

turns out the answer was yes :) 

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After the press conference IM IN LETS DO IT LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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27 minutes ago, Merlin Emrys said:

You pick up other team's garbage off the scrap pile. Smith is trash.

:ols:

 

One mans trash is another mans treasure.

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56 minutes ago, Merlin Emrys said:

You pick up other team's garbage off the scrap pile. Smith is trash.

 

Stinking thinking gonna land ya in the trunk of a Lincoln.:bye:

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44 minutes ago, Spearfeather said:

:ols:

 

One mans trash is another mans treasure.

 

And one man's trash, at QB, is better left alone.

 

Feeley, Kolb, McNabb, now Smith.

 

I think I was more positive about the McNabb trade but was against that one as well because the Eagles won as often when he didn't play. Now we've seen this movie before and no, it's not that much different or a much better fit either.

 

But it'll provide some comedy in 2018 so what the hell? 

 

Once again, they'll build a team to convince half of you that "We're going to win 10+ games" which turns out to be 5 to 6 wins because of ________.

 

Fortunately for Dan and Bruce, that's all that is required from most of the fans that are left.

 

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1 hour ago, Merlin Emrys said:

You pick up other team's garbage off the scrap pile. Smith is trash.

I get it..I mean it is the redskins were talking about here..but Smith trash?...idk about that..I expect same **** but different year 3-7 wins Smith doesn't work out for us type thing..but Smith ain't trash..

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2 hours ago, Merlin Emrys said:

You pick up other team's garbage off the scrap pile. Smith is trash.

 

LMAO! Number ONE rated passer in the league last year......Trash.

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This will most likely end terrible like all major moves by the skins "brain trust", but it will be an entertaining 🚆 wreck to watch unfold.

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3 hours ago, Cooleyfan1993 said:

Is it just me or does Alex Smith look a lot like Ryan gosling? I’ve thought that for a long time actually 

He looks goofy, like Peyton Manning to me.

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He’s certainly easy to root for, just like Kirk was for me. Very classy, says all the right things, solid background, family guy, and love his charity work.

 

And as concerning as that environment he’s in now is to me, I think they’re so desperate about being right about him that it creates a situation where they have more incentive to give him the most conducive one to success than ever before.

 

The question will always be whether or not they even know how to do that, but I’m certainly rooting for it to happen for him. Maybe he’ll be able to have enough clout to force the issue when necessary since he’s got that contract? He’s seen bad structures and good ones. He’s talked about it. That’s promising in and of itself. 

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Smith is a very classy guy. No way he is here as a short term fix, the expectation is he leads this team forward for a number of years. I have a feeling he will carry enough clout, clearly press conferences are a means to an end, but he looks a real good fit to me.

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9 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

Why are we all getting behind him? Is it so we can all exhale at once giving him some wind aid to carry a pass more than 30yards? 

 

There is hope, from the Trash Heap QB the Redskins plucked........

 

BONUS: Click Saver Included for those not wanting to dumpster dive for Facts,,

 

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-most-accurate-deep-ball-passers-in-2017

 

One of the surprises of the season, Smith became the league’s most efficient deep thrower, finishing first in adjusted completion percentage and yards while tying for first with 12 touchdowns. After generally ranking near the bottom in deep passing attempts in year’s past, a more aggressive approach had Smith ranked 11th with 12.3 percent of his attempts going deep this season. All told, it helped to pay off as he posted career-high PFF grade.

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3 hours ago, thesubmittedone said:

He’s certainly easy to root for, just like Kirk was for me. Very classy, says all the right things, solid background, family guy, and love his charity work.

 

And as concerning as that environment he’s in now is to me, I think they’re so desperate about being right about him that it creates a situation where they have more incentive to give him the most conducive one to success than ever before.

 

The question will always be whether or not they even know how to do that, but I’m certainly rooting for it to happen for him. Maybe he’ll be able to have enough clout to force the issue when necessary since he’s got that contract? He’s seen bad structures and good ones. He’s talked about it. That’s promising in and of itself. 

This is pretty much my sentiments.  Your 2nd paragraph particularly is money in the bank.

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12 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

Why are we all getting behind him? Is it so we can all exhale at once giving him some wind aid to carry a pass more than 30yards? 

Suit yourself but I'm getting behind Smith.  I found it very annoying that many disappointed RGIII fans dogged Cousins for the 3 years that he was a starter, some of so negative they seemed to relish the team's losses and it detracted from my enjoyment of the team.  Now I hope disappointed fans of Cousins don't do the same to Smith.  I hope all Skins fans embrace Alex Smith and we enjoy whatever success he and the rest of the Skins can produce

 

I'm going to follow the Vikings also and positively root for Kirk Cousins in addition to cheering on Smith with my the Skins.  I am not going carp about and nitpick the our new QB.  Football is a team sport, a QB can only do so much, let's hope Alex continues his success in DC and the Skins FO can get him some help in FA and the draft.

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There is no reason to be upset with Smith as your QB.   

 

Yes, we all are, and should be, upset we were dumb enough to give up Fuller in the equation, but Smith is a good player.   He's a QB who is somewhere between 12 and 20 in the league as a starter, with a greater skill set than Cousins and a history of being on a winning team, if not an elite one.   He will NOT win games.   He's not elite.   But he's a good QB with some life left in his game.

 

The downgrade with him is he won't have familiarity with the offense as Cousins did, but the upgrade with him is he has more talent generally given where he was selected and how he's performed over a longer period of time.   Cousins is a good player too.   But they are the same guy, essentially.   

Now, the fear I have with Smith is that he's just Brunell again.   I'm not worried about him being McNabb.   McNabb was never that accurate.   Once the atheticism declined for him he was done.   For Smith that's not a worry as he's better with the ball and makes better decisions than McNabb ever was, he just lacked the huge athletic upside, though he is a good athlete too.   But it is possible Smith is like Brunell when we played him in that he'll throw short, short, short, short, short, short, short.   And make us want him dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.   

 

Last year he threw more deep balls than Kirk by a good bit (balls over 31 yards in the air) so maybe this won't be a problem, though last year Kirk did seem to regress against the mean on his deep throwing due to some offensive line stumbles and receiver limits and in 2016 Smith was so dink and dunk as to probably make us all vomit so we'll see.   For the most part though Smith is not going to be our problem next year.

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Every time i get this uneasy feeling about Alex Smith being our QB next year i just keep reminding myself this guy is a 3 time pro bowl QB who led the league in passer rating last year, take a look at past season leaders, all studs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Football_League_annual_passer_rating_leaders (Foles in 2013 would be considered a joke up until  him winning the Superbowl)

 

Lets also not forget Smith was the #1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, he has stud pedigree. 

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Smith is a solid, competent starting NFL QB. I don't think there is a big drop off from him and Cousins(but I do think Cousins is better). The question is, can we put the pieces around Smith to function. Cousins did a lot with very little last year.

 

The age doesn't worry me because in today's NFL guys can play well into their mid to late 30s. 34 is basically prime year nowadays.

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22 hours ago, Art said:

There is no reason to be upset with Smith as your QB.   

 

Yes, we all are, and should be, upset we were dumb enough to give up Fuller in the equation, but Smith is a good player.   He's a QB who is somewhere between 12 and 20 in the league as a starter, with a greater skill set than Cousins and a history of being on a winning team, if not an elite one.   He will NOT win games.   He's not elite.   But he's a good QB with some life left in his game.

 

The downgrade with him is he won't have familiarity with the offense as Cousins did, but the upgrade with him is he has more talent generally given where he was selected and how he's performed over a longer period of time.   Cousins is a good player too.   But they are the same guy, essentially.   

Now, the fear I have with Smith is that he's just Brunell again.   I'm not worried about him being McNabb.   McNabb was never that accurate.   Once the atheticism declined for him he was done.   For Smith that's not a worry as he's better with the ball and makes better decisions than McNabb ever was, he just lacked the huge athletic upside, though he is a good athlete too.   But it is possible Smith is like Brunell when we played him in that he'll throw short, short, short, short, short, short, short.   And make us want him dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.   

 

Last year he threw more deep balls than Kirk by a good bit (balls over 31 yards in the air) so maybe this won't be a problem, though last year Kirk did seem to regress against the mean on his deep throwing due to some offensive line stumbles and receiver limits and in 2016 Smith was so dink and dunk as to probably make us all vomit so we'll see.   For the most part though Smith is not going to be our problem next year.

 

Thanks for posting that Art, and good to see you and your common sense in the murky ES waters. 

 

My hope is that Smith is more cerebral and coachable than Cousins. As well that Jay will adjust and filter his system to Alex's strengths. I truly am excited to see Jay with a different QB, I do have my beefs with Jays clock mgt. and game timing. I wanna know if that was all on him or the inflexibility of the signal caller. 

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