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.
Though he came out of the surgeries with hope, the road to recovery will be long and may take him far into next season. This leaves a huge hole at quarterback for Washington. After Smith’s injury, QB Colt McCoy came in and was playing enough to put points on the board until his leg injury that took him out for the season. That left Washington with quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson, to try and salvage the season.
Washington managed to finish with a 7-9 record which is better than expected but not what they envisioned when they signed Smith.
The Redskins QB was seen in an extravagant leg brace at a Washington Wizards game. Though he looked relaxed and mobile, this type of brace was preventing his brittle bones from cracking. Let us not forget that this exact injury is what ended Theismann’s career.
Alex Smith spotted at the Wizards game pic.twitter.com/KNnrVf7SvX
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) January 21, 2019
So what does that mean for this Washington team who has been desperately trying to get back to a winning franchise?
Honestly, they will need to find a veteran QB who can equal Smith in football knowledge and hold the fort until his return. The only QB that can fit that role without breaking the bank is Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick. He is 35 yrs old, has an incredible football IQ and has the ability to soak in different offensive plays like a sponge.
It would also be to the benefit of the Washington organization to pick up a QB in the draft that could be groomed to later replace Smith if he is unable to return. The Redskins must cover all their bases as they can no longer afford to sit back and watch their division from the bottom up.
The clock is ticking for head coach Jay Gruden and they might as well get all the pieces they need on offense to help Smith upon his return or for his replacement under center.
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