While facing many loses and weaknesses in last year Redskins knew they had to do something to make it all better. What gave them the chance to improve themselves in a short time to great extent is the new Quarterback Alex Smith.
Smith has come to Washington Redskins after spending 13 years of his life playing for the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. His experience and his athletic values and skills will have an impressive impact on Redskins overall performances in coming games.
With many other abilities he is smart and knows how to get back up when faced with threatening and tough situations.
“He’s a winner,” said six-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams. “Obviously going No.1 in the draft, he’s been at the pinnacle of this sport for a long time. We’re lucky to transition from one franchise quarterback and being able to not have any layoff to get another one.
Despite being the best player Redskins could have get and a Brilliant winning history Smith still want to improve himself and get even better.
“I think you want to try to continue to get better,” Smith said. “I think you try to digest all that, learn from it, take what you can and move forward. I think the thing I looked at, the common denominator amongst all I think successful veterans when I was a young player, especially quarterbacks, was that – they were tough. I mean, everybody’s going to take their licks in this game.
“It’s not easy and I think the guys that were mentally tough, that kept getting back up, that kept going at it, finding a way, getting better, never stopped improving, you know, in all aspects. For me, those guys were great examples for me and I think I’ve strived to do that, I think I still strive to do that. It never ends. You kind of continue the chase.”
His leadership and tactfulness have impressed all in the team to great levels. He has become a vital part of the team.
“The things we were really excited about when we got him, the intangibles, the leadership, his work ethic just bringing young guys along, veteran guys responding to him, it’s really impressive to see what he’s able to do in a really short amount of time with the offseason rules and what they are now,” said Redskins passing game coordinator Kevin O’Connell.
Even Josh Doctson couldn’t stay behind in praising him.
“I’m not a quarterback guru, but he’s a vet in his 30s. I watched the Chiefs last year. We played them, so I saw how dominant they were,” Doctson said. “He was the leader of that team, so I’m looking for him to come in and be dominant like that.”
With Alex Smith on the team the Redskins are looking ahead to a brighter future. That is how their coach Jay Gruden feels about Alex:
“He is the smartest guy I have ever been around, without a doubt,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “He can move around, and he can handle a lot of different things. We are not in here to build the team around him, the team is built, and he has to lead it like right now. This isn’t a two- or three-year process. This is a one-year process and we have got to win right away.”