With the 2018 NFL season just a couple months from starting, the Washington Redskins enter a season where many are expecting big things from them and rightfully so. The years of being the laughing stock should be over.
The first official Redskins move happened this offseason when they shipped beloved defensive back Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs in return for Alex Smith. Everyone, including Alex Smith himself was surprised by the transaction but Smith noted he was excited for the move in early February.
“I’m jacked. I’m really excited. Once I found out that things in Kansas City were going in a different direction, I was pumped at the opportunity and when Washington came calling I was hopeful that was a possible destination,” Smith said. “I’m just jacked that it worked out and that they wanted me because the feelings were mutual and I’m looking forward to it.”
Done with Kirk:
As much as Smith is looking forward to it, the Redskins fans were looking forward to change at the quarterback position for some time. When Kirk Cousins officially announced he would be departing D.C., fans were excited, happy and some questioned the ability of Smith and his leadership.
Now with Cousins officially in another state and with a new team, the Redskins can now put the two-year (or even longer) saga behind them and move forward with a quarterback who wants to be apart of the team and groom the rookies not only into good football players but into young successful men as well.
Smith brings in a new era of attitude at the quarterback position. He brings in sneaky speed, a guy who can gun it down the field and someone who won’t throw it to the New York Giants when the season is on the line.
At only 33, Smith finished the 2017 campaign with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions which is five less than the other guy. Smith also brings a playoff resume as well, again that is more than the other guy.
In his tenure with Kansas City, Smith was able to help lead the team to the playoffs on four different occasions but holds a 1-4 record as a starter in the playoffs in Kansas City with his lone win coming in 2015 when the Chiefs blew out Houston, 30-0.
What to expect:
Expect a the Redskins to come out for their first game with new found energy and passion to succeed. As weird as it may sound, but don’t be surprised if the players wearing the Burgundy and Gold are keeping a close eye on what the Capitals have done. Two different sports, right — but a lot of those Caps fans are Skins fans and the Skins players want the District of Columbia to back them like they are the Caps.
Winning brings that. Winning does that. The Redskins will win games in 2018 and the Redskins will make the playoffs in 2018.