With Alex Smith out for 2019, what’s next for Washington?

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

One year ago on January 30th, quarterback Alex Smith was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins. The trade was to display the unbelievable talent of QB Patrick Mahomes and to usher in a new era in Washington.

Smith signed a 4-year contract worth $94 million dollars to help a franchise who kept falling short of the goal with QB Kirk Cousins at the helm. In his first debut for the Redskins, Smith threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns and gave them their first win against the Arizona Cardinals.

But in a horrific event in Week 11, against the Houston Texans, Smith went down writhing in pain to only be carted off the field. His injury was later determined to be a compound and spiral fracture to his tibia and fibula. Frankly, it was the worst injury Smith could have received as it became the eerie replica of the Joe Theismann injury 33 years to the day. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there for Smith as he incurred several infections that required additional surgeries.

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The Patriots as underdogs?

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Writer

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Admit it, you just rolled your eyes when you read that. It’s OK. I sort of did that as well, when I first heard about it.

I’ve often said, until someone can beat them, the road to the Super Bowl will have to go through New England at some point. But this year seemed a little different for the Patriots. After back to back loses early in the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, you have to admit, people outside of New England started to get a little excited at the thought of witnessing the Patriots’ descent back to Earth.

Then after the stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins and then the Pittsburgh Steelers, the noise was getting louder.  I mean, they weren’t even favored to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the championship game. And while it could have been more for the sake of betting, they still weren’t favored and that’s not something we are used to.

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“Survey says, …” TWT: Super Bowl LIII

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Hi all! During the break from fantasy football, indulge in some fun by sharing your thoughts in these quick surveys.

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be vying for the top spot this Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. To keep you in the NFL spirit, here are 5 multiple-choice questions awaiting your response.

Click the link below to tell us and your answer may be featured on the Our Turf Football Twitter account.

Super Bowl LIII

Here’s some info I found and thought you might want to know. How do these prices compare to your stadium?

Here are the results taken from the week January 28 to February 4:

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2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The Reese’s Senior Bowl has become the premier event to watch college football players, and I was lucky enough to attend this year. As I sit here and reflect on this past weekend, a few names stand out to me.

Those that know me, or who listen to our podcast regularly, know which group I went to first: the quarterbacks, of course. I didn’t get a chance to attend practices due to prior events so I had to play catch-up.

I found my source and started firing away.

I first asked which quarterbacks did teams seem to talk about the most. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the two most talked about among social media: West Virginia’s Will Grier or Missouri’s Drew Lock. I have to say, however, Drew Lock does have that typical pro-style passer physique.  At 6’4″,  225 lbs, he stands tall in the pocket. 

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Thank you Chiefs

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva // @Aracelv1

Whether you were freezing in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium or sitting at home, fans across the country were watching arguably the best game of the season. 

Everyone was anxiously waiting to see if the Kansas City Chiefs could stamp their ticket to Super Bowl LIII.

Unfortunately, fans saw their dreams of a trip to Atlanta this year dashed during the last few seconds of a nerve-racking, heartbreaking 37-31 overtime loss to the New England Patriots.

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Pro Bowl Day 2: Let the Flag Football Championships begin

Dayna O’Gorman,
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

What started out as a rainy, windy day in Orlando, ended with perfect temperatures, hot dance moves, and a whole lot of fun.

The NFC practice had to be moved indoors due to the weather. With that change, it allowed the NFC practice and the AFC practice to be held at different times, which allowed fans to be able to watch both conferences. Today I attended the AFC practice.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), DeShaun Watson (Houston), and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) took turns running plays with the team while head coach Anthony Lynn watched from a distance, letting coaches Gus Bradley and others take over.

The QBs ran a few running plays, but when they switched to passing plays, it seemed to turn into a game of keep away. The defense made their presence known by grabbing interceptions and blocking passes. Let’s just say, it was a good thing there weren’t any officials on the field. It was all in good fun and the players loved it.

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Pro Bowl 2019 is a full week of fun

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Pro Bowl isn’t just a single game that is played the week before the Super Bowl, it is a week-long series of events that allow fans to get close to their favorite players,  and allows players to give back to the community.

Starting Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is located inside the Disney campus in Orlando, Florida, fans can enjoy the Pro Bowl Experience. A free football festival that allows fans to do multiple activities including the 40-yard dash, and obstacle course, vertical jump, precision passing, and more.

Throughout the week there are many community events, the youth NFL Flag Football playoffs and championship, and celebrity Flag Football game with Snoop Dogg and Deion Sanders serving as team captains. The High School Coach of the Year will also be announced this week.

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Dear Saints Fans

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Hi Who Dats!

It’s me, Sonja.  Congrats on an amazing 2018 season!  I was hoping your team was going to make it to the Super Bowl.  Can’t have enough 40+year-old quarterbacks there, right?  I would have really liked to see Drew Brees cap off an MVP caliber year and ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl victory.  I’m sorry that it can’t happen because of officiating.  And that is an awful position to be in.  As a Detroit Lions fan, I, unfortunately, know all too well about poor officiating leading to bad outcomes.

Where shall I start?

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Romo as OC in Dallas could help Prescott

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Dallas Cowboys made it to the Divisional Round only to see their season end against the Los Angeles Rams, finishing with a 10-6 record and champions of the NFC East.

Despite the demands of some fans and media analysts that believe it is time for head coach Jason Garrett to go (including myself), there is someone who could take the offensive play calling to a whole different level. That someone is former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo was ousted out of his job as signal caller in Dallas after an injury in preseason paved the way for then rookie, Dak Prescott to earn the coveted job. After a spectacular rookie season in 2016 and a 13-3 record, Romo knew his time in Dallas was over. He was even seen on the sideline of the final game saying, “Wow, it is his time.”

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Titans name new offensive coordinator

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

The Tennessee Titans have promoted Arthur Smith to the role of offensive coordinator. Last year’s offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur left the team after one year as he was hired as the new head coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Today the team announced that they have promoted Mr. Smith from the position of tight ends coach to offensive coordinator. Arthur Smith has been with the team through four head coaches, Mike Munchak, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Mularkey, and Mike Vrabel.

The fact that all of these head coaches have kept Arthur Smith on staff speaks volumes about how well he has been respected by the other members of the coaching staff.  

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