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Can Alex Smith Overcome Past Failures and Lead the Redskins to the Promise Land?

Alex Smith is a scarred player, Vernon Davis said. The 12-year veteran tight end meant that as a good thing, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports.

“He’s playing at a totally different level than he’s ever played,” Davis said Saturday at the fifth annual White Party, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

The newest Redskins quarterback has seen the good, the bad and the ugly during the first 13 years of his career. There were enormous expectations as the No. 1 draft pick in 2005, but Smith never seemed to get fully settled in with San Francisco. He played under three coaches and six coordinators in seven years with the 49ers and, when the team reached the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, Smith watched from the bench as Colin Kaepernick directed the offense.

The organization then handed the keys to Kaepernick and traded Smith to Kansas City, where he played five seasons before he was dealt to Washington and replaced by Patrick Mahomes.

Davis, who was a teammate of Smith’s in San Francisco from 2006-12, believes all those trials and tribulations have prepared Smith for this moment.

“You can tell by an individuals’ scars, right?” Davis explained. “Based on their scars, that’s how they’re able to be successful. That’s why they’re successful, based on the scars that they have. Alex has been through so much. So many ups and downs. So many scars. So many offensive coordinators. Being traded from San Francisco. A lot of scars. The reason he’s successful is not by accident. It’s supposed to be. It’s inevitable.”

It cost the Redskins quite a bit to go out and get Smith, so having him come in and have any sort of issues upstairs is a major stumbling block that he’s got to come over.

We will see if Davis is right and Smith can get right and help the team get moving in the right direction in 2018.

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3 Responses to “Can Alex Smith Overcome Past Failures and Lead the Redskins to the Promise Land?”

  1. Forget Capt. KIRK and respect Capt. SMITH says:

    “come over?”

    Did you mean “comb over?”

    Is he going bald?

    “over come.” That sounds right.

    No HANKINS I see.

    After THIS draft, he’s not needed.

    Has GALLETT signed anywhere?

    His problem appears to be that he values his services too highly.

    He could have twenty sacks next year, but standing on two Achilles repaired at his age, I wouldn’t overpay, nor give him a long-term deal despite my lack of faith in RYAN ANDERSON being the fourth OLB on this squad.

    If we’re talking about a prove it season, it isn’t DOCTSON I’m worried about, it’s ANDERSON.

    At least, JOSH showed some progress last year, RYAN showed he didn’t belong on the field. For a 2nd round pick, that’s not good.

    With KOUANDJIO out for the season, it looks for all the world like LAUVAO is the one at LG.

    In a medical emergency TY could fill in, but somehow whithout even seeing him, I think CHRISTIAN will be a bust.

    Last time I felt a premonition about a player, JOE MONTANT set the NFL on fire. Hope I’m wrong.

  2. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Can the REDSKINS put up with one year of RICHIE INCOGNITO and SHAUN LAUVAO at LG?

    If so, sign INCOGNITO, and let’s buckle up.

  3. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    TC is now right around the corner, 72 hours and counting.

    Read all the hype about the new guys and rookies. I’m buying in on some, others not.

    With potentially 10 picks next season, I’d like to see a pick at:

    OLB, ILB, OG, C, TE, WR, QB.

    TE @ 1

    C or OG at @ 2

    OL @ 3

    LB @ 3

    LB @ 4

    WR @ 5

    QB @ 5

    Best player @ the 6’s and 7’s.

    That will represent a final return to normality after the debacle of RGIII and the Cap-gate illegal penalties.

    I thought all along that “if this deal goes bad,” it would take a minimum of five years to recover. Looks like seven.

    My hat’s off the GRUDEN for surviving this transition back to normal, and wish him luck going forward.

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