Alex Smith: There was a lot I could do better Monday night

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Quarterback Alex Smith played his worst game since coming to Washington when he went 23-of-39 for 275 yards and an interception in Monday night’s 43-19 loss to the Saints.

Smith wasn’t the only player to struggle in the loss, something head coach Jay Gruden referenced on Tuesday when he said there’s “a cloud looming over our head.” Quarterbacks always stand out, however, and Gruden talked a lot about the need to find better situations for Smith to succeed.

Smith said they’ve discussed how to do that in terms of gameplans and playcalling, but added “there was a lot I could do better” when discussing the lopsided loss. Among those things is communicating better with his receivers despite the fact that they haven’t had a lot of time to work together.

“We’ve got to get ready to play,” Smith said, via the Washington Post. “Yeah, are there reps where maybe more time would have helped? Maybe. But at this point that doesn’t do us any good. . . . I do feel comfortable in what we are doing, I feel great about the guys that are doing it, our relationship and the reps we have together. I think there is always going to be those things, and it’s a process that never ends. I think whether you’ve played with a guy for five years in the same system, those things always happen. I think you are fine-tuning those things.”

Sunday’s game against the Panthers will provide a look at whether Smith has found a way to improve on what went wrong against New Orleans. Two divisional games will follow, so it would be a good time for things to straighten out in Washington.

25 responses to “Alex Smith: There was a lot I could do better Monday night

  1. This is why the Chiefs got rid of this guy. He’ll play it safe, and won’t lose too many games for you, but he won’t win you any either.

  2. Actually….no Alex, you couldn’t have. You have never been able to be better than you have been throughout your entire nfl career. You are what you are. Your not a bad QB but your not a particularly good one either. If we could go back in time to the year you were drafted and people knew what they know about you know you would have been drafted in the lower half of the 3rd or 4th round.

  3. Among those things is communicating better with his receivers despite the fact that they haven’t had a lot of time to work together.
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    Hasn’t he been with the team since February? Cousins doesn’t seem to be having any trouble communicating with his receivers.

  4. Alex is a nice…average…QB. He doesn’t make mistakes but he also doesn’t elevate the play of those around him.

    If your team gets down two scores…you’re done. He doesn’t have the ability to mount that kind of comeback.

  5. mmack66 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 8:34 am
    This is why the Chiefs got rid of this guy.

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    Maybe, but I think Mahomes had a little to do with that as well.

  6. Smith isn’t really a fit for the offense that Gruden wants to run. Gruden’s goal is to push the ball down the field, not rely on short throws. Smith’s style is just the opposite. Gruden’s going to push Smith to do what he is not comfortable with and Smith is going to revert to his comfort zone.

    It’s not going to be a happy arrangement.

  7. Well, first thing is can we make them punt at least twice a half. Second thing is he has had more time to get it right with his receivers than Kirk has so he & Jay lose on that point. Alex signed Jan 30 & Kirk on March 15 so Alex had over a month more time and it’s not even close in offensive production even though Jay said he could do more offensively with Alex. The problem in Washington is Jay & probably management. Why did they let DeSean & Pierre go after they had a great year and I think went to the playoffs. A lot of people can’t handle success. All they needed to do was add some better players around Kirk they would have been a threat to beat anyone.

  8. I suspect the problem is more scheme than QB talent. Just my observation for the last few years

  9. Was not worth the deal. To give up Fuller too? Reid just fleeces the Skins over and over. If he call Redskin Park, they should just hang up the phone. Bruce Allen is just a bad GM period.

  10. Welcome to 5 years of meh, Redskins fans will get their hopes up and be excited when their team starts out 5-2 every year and it looks like they might make some noise in the playoffs only to see their team finish 9-7 and maybe get a wildcard spot. Only to watch their team get into the 3rd quarter and be behind 10 points by the time the 4th quarter starts then watch Alex Smith throw a 4 yard pass to his running back when it’s 3rd and 8 and gain a total of 6 yards. Get used to watching that over and over and over.

  11. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says: “Hasn’t he been with the team since February? Cousins doesn’t seem to be having any trouble communicating with his receivers.”
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    They each run a very different version of the West Coast offenses. Jay Gruden prefers a precision, short-passing game with a few deep shots. This requires QB/WR to be in sync in defensive reads and timing. Needs lots of reps to get right, something the short off-season and CBA doesn’t allow.

    John DeFilippo’s Vikings use more spread-offense concepts and pre-snap movements that relies less on QB/WR communicating.

  12. akira1971 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 10:25 am

    They each run a very different version of the West Coast offenses. Jay Gruden prefers a precision, short-passing game with a few deep shots. This requires QB/WR to be in sync in defensive reads and timing. Needs lots of reps to get right, something the short off-season and CBA doesn’t allow.

    John DeFilippo’s Vikings use more spread-offense concepts and pre-snap movements that relies less on QB/WR communicating.
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    Thank you, Sid Gillman. Sounds like a poor excuse to me.

  13. and people thought Reid was crazy for going with Mahomes and dropping Smith. Coaches see stuff in practice that we don’t see.

  14. getadealdonealready says:
    October 11, 2018 at 9:40 am
    mmack66 says:
    October 11, 2018 at 8:34 am
    This is why the Chiefs got rid of this guy.

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    Maybe, but I think Mahomes had a little to do with that as well.

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    Smith is the reason why the Chiefs drafted Mahomes

  15. “Smith is the reason why the Chiefs drafted Mahomes”

    Exactly. The Smith defenders just can’t seem to comprehend that point. The Chiefs moved up to get Mahomes, they didn’t wait for a BPA QB to fall to them. They wanted a different type of QB.

  16. Smith is doing just fine! The ‘Skins are just a bad team with bad coaching. Cousins didn’t do much there either. Maybe QB is/was not the problem!

  17. I was one of the Smith defenders but now that I watch him closely as the QB of my favorite team … I can see that I was wrong. 3rd and 8 is insurmountable, let alone a two-score deficit.

  18. I like Alex Smith I’ve been watching him since he’s been with the Chiefs and now I’m rooting for the Redskin with him but I’m a Saints fan and I think the Saints defense did a good job of keeping that good quarterback in check and they also stop Peterson

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