The Massive Experience and all the things Alex Smith has learned through his scars in battles proves to be highly beneficial to Washington Redskins. He has received the Pro Bowl selections throughout 13 seasons and have had been a Super Bowl Team member along with 49ers where he received training from three different coaches and six Coordinators altogether. Three of the most offensive coordinators have shaped up Smith including the recent Eagles Coach Doug Pederson other than him two other mind-blowing coaching he got was from Jim Harbaugh and Andy Reid respectively.
The 49ers were a piece of work before Smith’s arrival and that’s how they got to pick their quarterback first and that turned out great for them as they rose to be NFC Champions. With Smith right beside them on the tracks they easily went through four of five seasons in competitions.
Kevin O’Connell who is the Redskins’ passing game coordinator said that due to Smith being on the team the offensive coaching staffs have change the way they operated before.
“When I was in Cleveland I coached Josh McCown and the one thing I learned real quick was you’re wasting a lot of knowledge if you don’t rely on those guys,” O’Connell said. “And Alex has reps in a lot of different systems. … There’s a lot of times we call a play, we execute it, we go in and watch the tape and he can call back to a play they either had in Kansas City or San Francisco and say, ‘Hey, we might’ve read it like this or this is how we attacked this coverage.’”
Redskins have undergone little changes here and there to prepare in accordance to their new quarterback.
“Maybe it’s a little tweak here and there that people may not notice, but from our standpoint in the system, it’s a big deal to get it implemented,” O’Connell said. “But we’re doing that to make him as comfortable as we possibly can.
“Then there’s other times where you say, ‘No, we’ve really done it like this and here’s why.’ I think that’s the key word, ‘why.’ Why are we doing the things we’re doing offensively? If there’s a better way to do it that he’s done somewhere else, we’ll incorporate that. But if we feel strongly about how we’ve done it here or how Jay’s done it, even going back to his time in Cincinnati or Tampa, we’re always trying to incorporate things to make what is a really good offensive system even better.”
During the offseason the quarterback coach O’Connell got promoted to be the passing game coordinator and now have bigger impact on the entire offense schemes. The changes that have been made will be noteworthy during 2018 including new quarterback, wide receivers and running back.
In 2017 the Redskins have been ranked 16th in points (21.4 and total offence (324.9 yards of each game). The pass game was ranked 12th (234.4 yards) and the run game was 28th (90.5).
“The influence [has changed] on what this year’s version of the Redskins are going to be with a new quarterback, with some new personnel, a guy like Paul Richardson, Derrius Guice,” O’Connell said. “Obviously, from a standpoint of incorporating Jordan [Reed] back in, hopefully, full time and Chris Thompson coming back. We’re trying to put together a system that maximizes everybody’s skill sets.”
“Obviously, Jay has had a ton of success calling plays in this league. But to not only learn from him, but for him to ask what do you like here or how would you guys have done [it] there at other stops as a player or coach? It’s a constant round table of information to lead to putting these guys in the best possible situation. You only get so many shots at it. Once you establish a system, these guys learn it and you like to make things concrete, so they can move forward with set rules and examples of how we want them to operate.”