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Old 01-30-2018, 10:01 PM   #1
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Alex Smith traded to the Skins

This could be huge in the NFC for the skins.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:56 PM   #2
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Not surprising, Kirk Cousins would have been due something in the neighborhood of 34 million if the franchise tag were applied to him again and he probably wouldn't have signed a long term deal unless it was in the 27 mill per year range.The Redskins probably figured (correctly) he's not worth that amount of dough.
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I hope the Jets try to get Cousins.
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I think Cousins has a better chance of leading a team to a championship than Ryan & Dalton.
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Can't really disagree with that, but it sounds like the euphemism "damning with faint praise."

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Egad, Smith is one of those guys whose numbers in the box score look better than what you see with your eyes. He is the quintessential game manager. The Redskins are going to pay a soon to be 34 year old Smith more than they offered Cousins previously. As a Redskin fan I am appalled. Routing for a team led by Captain Checkdown will make you pull your hair out, thank God I am bald.
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Egad, Smith is one of those guys whose numbers in the box score look better than what you see with your eyes. He is the quintessential game manager. The Redskins are going to pay a soon to be 34 year old Smith more than they offered Cousins previously. As a Redskin fan I am appalled. Routing for a team led by Captain Checkdown will make you pull your hair out, thank God I am bald.
When Smith originally became a free agent, after playing for a poorly managed and dysfunctional 49ers team, I was praying that the Jets would sign him. But now as the age of 33, I agree with you, if I were a Skins fan, this signing would not be exciting.
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When Smith originally became a free agent, after playing for a poorly managed and dysfunctional 49ers team, I was praying that the Jets would sign him. But now as the age of 33, I agree with you, if I were a Skins fan, this signing would not be exciting.

Smith can win with a stacked team, but the Redskins have a ton of holes to plug. Even if they weren't dysfunctional and owned by Dan Snyder they would at least need a couple years of good drafts to build a contender.
To pay what amounts to a stop gap who turns 34 before next season $23.5 mil a year is just plain dumb. Alex Smith is not the guy who can carry an over matched team to victory. The only upside is he won't make a bunch of mistakes and get his team run off the field. The Redskins will probably be good bets next year as double digit underdogs.
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Smith can win with a stacked team, but the Redskins have a ton of holes to plug. Even if they weren't dysfunctional and owned by Dan Snyder they would at least need a couple years of good drafts to build a contender.
To pay what amounts to a stop gap who turns 34 before next season $23.5 mil a year is just plain dumb. Alex Smith is not the guy who can carry an over matched team to victory. The only upside is he won't make a bunch of mistakes and get his team run off the field. The Redskins will probably be good bets next year as double digit underdogs.
Yeah, good point. He's not a superstar but he does know how to manage an offense and he doesn't make a lot of mistakes. But as you say, you need a well rounded team.
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I wanted Cousins to stay in Washington.

That said, the Redskins did something reasonable (did I actually say that) to clarify their QB situation, given that very poor decision making in the past put them in this predicament.

While Cousins is going to get paid very well, I don't think money was his primary motive. Me thinks it is all about getting away from this tremendously dysfunctional organization, who has never really believed in him. Kirk gambled on himself several times, and won.

Soon I am going to have a second team to be rooting for.
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I gained more respect than ever for him after watching Cousins several times this year. Besides his ability as a passer, I saw him make a few critical first down runs where he clawed and fought for every inch. He's a gamer and I love his attitude.
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Egad, Smith is one of those guys whose numbers in the box score look better than what you see with your eyes. He is the quintessential game manager. The Redskins are going to pay a soon to be 34 year old Smith more than they offered Cousins previously. As a Redskin fan I am appalled. Routing for a team led by Captain Checkdown will make you pull your hair out, thank God I am bald.
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Egad, Smith is one of those guys whose numbers in the box score look better than what you see with your eyes. He is the quintessential game manager. The Redskins are going to pay a soon to be 34 year old Smith more than they offered Cousins previously. As a Redskin fan I am appalled. Routing for a team led by Captain Checkdown will make you pull your hair out, thank God I am bald.
I think that was the case at one time, but definitely NOT this past season. Smith threw the ball deep downfield on many occasions this year. The Cpt Checkdown is circa 2010-2015. Your Skins had the 6th highest number of turnovers this past season and that number will improve. Nothing against Cousins, who the organization apparently did not like, but he will get paid big somewhere. Cousins will throw for more yards, but passing yardage is the most overrated stat in the NFL.
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I truly hope the Jets sign Cousins.

Major error by Redskins.

Cousins is a much better player than Smith and has a much brighter future.
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