Last night Alex Smith was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins for a third round pick and CB Kendall Fuller.
I think it’s a terrible decision by the Redskins, but I kind of see the idea of what the Redskins believe Alex Smith can do for their team. Alex Smith is an amazing game manager, but he isn’t an a typical system QB. Alex Smith lead the Chiefs to a 10-6 record with the NFL’s fastest receiver, second best TE in the NFL today, and the NFL’s leading rusher. I don’t think for one second Smith with bring that playoff bound mentality with the weapons the Redskins have. I just feel bad for the Redskins fans who are debating weather or not Smith was worth trading the second best CB for.
Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt all helped Smith manage the game the best way he could. In this years playoffs, if Kelce didn’t get knocked out of the game, we could have seen a different result. The Titans shut down the safety blanket making Smith uncomfortable because that check down was gone. I don’t know why the Redskins think that Smith will be a good scheme fit. I could have seen Alex Smith going to a contender with set weapons. Like the QB situation in Minnesota, maybe the Jags could have made it work with Bortles and Smith? I’ll stop myself there.
The Redskins don’t have the weapons like the Chiefs did. Alex Smith will have to work with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, and Terrelle Pryor (if he stays). He’s also 34. Jordan Reed is an interesting target, if he remains healthy. Vernon Davis also provides TE depth at the position. Alex Smith is a good enough QB, but a lot of questions will come up next season.
Kendall Fuller was an excellent CB for the Redskins, stepping into that solid 2nd string CB role under Josh Norman. He’ll have a better time in KC with Eric Berry and Marcus Peters the top safety and CB for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs make away like bandits securing Fuller to go with that heavy pass defense, as well trading away a veteran QB in order to start the future of the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes III.
Mahomes will be good. The Chiefs will be good. The Redskins will not be good. I’ll give them 6-10 next year, or 7-9. Unless the Redskins continue to make splashes with trades and free agency.