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On The Cheap?

On the Cheap.

My 2 constant themes this off season:

‘We are family; so, do not turn over the roster.’

‘Keep the roster young.’

That being said, it is uncertain if Ryan Kerrigan will be coming back.  But whether or not if he re-signs and this blogger would re-up Kerrigan because of a belief in the  ‘we are family’ mantra of sports-business…Even though, for the most part this blogger believes in youth movements—i.e. give Gandy-Golden, Wright and Harmon a shot over signing another free agent receiver to compliment Curtis Samuels and Terry McLaurin.

However, Aldon Smith is a veteran defensive end who this blogger would sign if on the cheap if this blogger was WFT brass.

It seems like Smith is on his way out of the league or on a last stop from the news source this blogger has read (due to on and off the field issues from the past decade).  This should not stop WFT from bringing in Smith for a serious look…you see, WFT is filling out a fairly complete roster!  A roster which can go very very deep if Dan stays hands off and our coaches are as good as they appear to be!

You know, the Washington Football Team under Joe Gibbs often times filled their roster with rotational players…players playing one specific down or fulfilling one specific role….first down backs/special team players…there were certain players on the roster serving specific needs like all time unsung hero LB Monte Coleman who was used only as a coverage linebacker and veteran defensive ends like Jumpy Geathers and Tim Johnson who were used as a pass rushing and DL specialist. As the Washington Football Team roster fills out this season, it appears WFT will be set for vicious competitions at most positions and be in such an optimistic place since really any Snyder owned club and the shot of a long post season run is a real possibility here in March, at 0-0.

Smith is a player I have a gut feeling he could come in here and our locker room could have a culture change on him!

YES, FOLKS, our culture change helping change a player! Whoa be the heart!

Aldon Smith as an older vet now could fulfill a very good role as a pass rushing specialist on 3rd down rotational player coming in with packages and giving the younger guys a break.   Also, Smith could be used to be teaching the youngsters some vet moves that Smith has picked up in prior stops.  Aldon Smith could be our Jumpy Geathers/ Charles Hailey.

If “on the cheap” and if Smith is able to buy into the culture change, he might be a veteran that WFT can influence and help him turn it around here…. To get Smith to excel for the few plays each game he gets on the field so he can focus on jumpstarting successes off the field and continue his NFL journey will be a stroke of genius for WFT brass.

The Games Should All Be Nail Biters!

Ryan Fitzpatrick of half the NFL teams (actually 8 previous most recently Miami) came to Washington via free agency last night.

The impact of this acquisition looking at opinion pieces today— most were that Fitzpatrick  could possibly make a difference as a veteran playmaker. However one article I reviewed from a competing 980 outlet signaled that the Fitzpatrick  signing what the signal Ron Rivera will be throwing in the towel next season—a rebuild towards a future QBs, say what!

My view to this view in town: utter and complete nonsense and ignorance of how easy it is to win and be competitive in the league!
If as a reader one had  been following my blog pieces on this site for the past year you have seen me write multiple times ‘most WFT seasons, games are decided in the last quarter by a few points.’

When WFT teams have been awful like the season and a half after former starter Alex Smith got hurt, those teams often were blown out of every game. Coming into next season with the three qbs (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke)  WFTshould be in all 16 games and all for the most part should be very close.
Personally I have seen Fitzpatrick play in many a stop and find him at his best: very exciting. He seems like the type of quarterback that gets more  things done as he ages . Reminiscent of a veteran Dan Fouts who like Fitzpatrick had problems with a playoff appearances and wins (Fitzpatrick  has no playoff experience).. with a similar type beard. Maybe next year will the fans and media and coaches and players be more concerned with our defense that our offense and QBs play, this blogger say yes, welcome Fitzpatrick-magic!

However if I had to place a bet— it would be to see all 3 quarterbacks at some point next season similar to how WFT had 4 QBs play this past year.
I would love nothing more than 1 of the 3 quarterbacks to win the job and hold it for the next few seasons to come.
I feel Kyle Allen reminds me in terms of grit and determination a younger Tony Romo but I do have major concerns with  Allen’s attempts to run through the whole opposing defenses—max effort can have a downside.

Similarly even though I am rooting for any of the 3 quarterbacks to become our franchise guy, as for Taylor Heinicke  in his very short stint so far I believe he shows the most potential of being a star.  Heinicke reminds me of a young Trent green in terms of lack of experience but like Trent Green, so far Heinicke is magical to watch and  is having trouble staying on the field because of his max effort.

So once again or rather for the first time we have 3 quarterbacks who are  mobile and give Max effort. This should be a good exciting year with a chance to add a +5 wins plus or more…an upgrade in wins could be the case if this coaching staff is on par with the upper echelon staffs of the NFL.

One last thing people are saying that Fitzpatrick signals that WFT will not be in the DeSean Watson and Sam Darnold sweepstakes..Once again just like we have the ability to win every game and as this past season taught us even down 20, comebacks are always possible (think Smith, people)…no options are off the table. If anything WFT now can offer a veteran quarterback to a package…

The biggest problem I have with Fitzpatrick  is not his play at times or his journeyman status it’s that I personally have yet to root for a star QB with a beard! So, my one request would be for Fitzpatrick to take out the razor before getting under center. Good luck to that…Go WFT, today!

WFT Adds QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to Their Roster with One-Year Deal

Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is heading to Washington, coming to terms with the Washington Football Team on a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $12 million.

Currently the deal is a one-year deal worth $10 million.

Fitz is no stranger to joining new teams, as this will be his 9th team in the NFL.

He played the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and before that spent two years with the Bucs. In 2015 he played with the Jets for two seasons.

The WFT has been looking for a quarterback after the release of Alex Smith, and right now their roster of quarterbacks included just Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.

Fitzpatrick started 20 games for the Dolphins, including seven in 2020 while getting youngster and first-round pick rookie Tua Tagovailoa ready to take over the job full-time.

In 16 seasons, Fitzpatrick has started 146 games and completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 34,977 yards with 223 touchdowns and 169 interceptions.

WFT Could Have Done a Lot Worse in Deciding to Dump Alex Smith and Look for a QB

This blogger does not think we should be doing much in terms of free agency except players who the scouting department seen have incredible strengthens or coachabilities. Etc.

If a player is extremely fast like the struggling Cincinnati Bengals WR Jonathan Ross—heck, Ross won an Island from Reebok for his speed—trade for him and line him up and use his speed, on every route, period. That is what are scouts are paid to be looking at film on YouTube every minute they can this whole offseason, right.

Yes. Our coaches also know our opponents so hopefully between coffee and crumpets they are watching every play of every opponent and game planning for as many wins as possible. Some say it is a long offseason, some disagree.

But what this blogger would like to see our GM staff do is have the guts to target a primetime player off the roster of a team or high in the draft and go get him.

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Alex Smith’s WFT Career Will Be Remembered for ‘Oh So Many’ Reasons

When Alex Smith was traded to Washington little did we know we would be watching the beginning of a movie that epic to that of the old Stewart all time classic, ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’

Alex, thank you for all that you did for the fan base, organization, kids, NFL…anyone, anywhere!.
He left our team with a rivalry so hot within our division–never more heated and more intriguing that it is coming in to this next season and leaving better the NFC East 2020–decade prospects better than last season.

So win or lose in your next stop and our next season, we would like to thank you. But if we face you again expect payback as all players deserve payback when they comeback to face WFT and the Rivera’s regime. However, if anyone is to get a standing O and Presidential’s Secret Service treatment, it shall be you,

Alex!

Thank you!

…For restoring order to WFT, you were a first class act and actor on the level of a qb like an actor like Jimmy Stewart–always full of class and fought until you dropped… thanks for heartfelt seasons as a WFT Qb. Now, let’s go get a Lombardi. WFT, today!

Washington Announces They’ve Dumped QB Alex Smith

In a move that wasn’t a surprise after it was announced he would not be back the other day, Friday Washington made it official they were cutting ties with former 49ers first-round pick Alex Smith.

The team put out a release about the roster move early Friday morning.

Last season Smith was a big reason Washington rallied to win the NFC East and get to the posteason.

He was 5-1 overall as a starter, and earned AP Comeback Player of the Year honors.

Now that Smith is history Washington will have to focus on what QB will be under center for the team in 2021 and beyond.

Some say the team is going to make a big push in free agency, while others think the team will draft a QB and insert them into the lineup day one.

We shall see, but for now the team is done with Smith’s services.

Washington Not Bringing Back QB Alex Smith in 2021

There will be a new signal caller in Washington in 2021, as NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones are reporting that Alex Smith isn’t expected to be back as the team’s quarterback next season.

The 36-year-old Smith went 5-1 as a starter for Washington last year in helping them win the NFC East. He threw six touchdowns and eight picks for the team.

Smith also earned AP Comeback Player of the Year honors.

The former 49ers and Chiefs quarterback nearly lost his leg and had to have 17 operations to initially repair and later save his leg from amputation.

He missed all of 2019 on the field and wasn’t expected to have much of an impact in 2020, but he would prove the doubters wrong and play well enough for Washington to make the postseason.

It remains to be seen what Washington does at the quarterback spot in 2021, as the team will need to go out and look for either a veteran who can come in and play right away, or draft a quarterback and hope that player can lead the team to another division title.

Our Window Is Now

If it’s up to this blogger, I would be gearing WFT towards next season to striving for the Lombardi or   bust. Every season since 1992s championship, when Washington or (formally the Redskins) has made the playoffs, the following year their teams have stunk. No repeat playoff performances since 1992.

 

There is no continuation from 1 year to the next since Snyder has gained ownership of this organization. This blogger knows at 7-9 (this past season, 2020-2021) for a team that has not had a 12-win season since 1992 asking for the Lombardi in a town that laughs at all the pundits who since 1992 who give us a shot at the Lombardi during the off season and makes the call for the Lombardi because of a LaVar or a Deion or A Haynesworth or a DeSean Jackson signing: foolish. Especially because this team has not performed in a stadium post-Covid conditions and fans, let us get a winning record before calls for the next great squad, right!

 

However, organizations such as the World best in terms of professional championships in America like the New York Yankees always in the off-season are gearing next season towards a championship. A poor season if you are a Yankee player, coach, manager or owner is a season when they don’t bring home a pennant or at least a World Series championship. Here in Washington Football team, that mindset has been replaced by what, that a playoff win will be a successful season year 2 of Rivera and this mindset must change.

 

This blogger believes that our fan base will categorically reject another 8 or 9 year run to making a Super Bowl.  This kind of blueprint is way too long for a Fanbase that has been suffering since 1992 and since Dan purchase the team. We have tried everything. Now is the time to try: raising expectations for a young team that appears too no longer be a surprise to the league.  A 14-2 juggernaut next season will not be looked at as ‘where did this come from?’ as we have won off season respect and awards such as PFF Comeback Player of the Year with Alex Smith, and the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in Chase Young.  Our time is now.