Many Washington fans were scratching their heads last night when news broke that the Redskins had agreed to a deal – in principle – to acquire Alex Smith from the Chiefs in exchange for a 3rd rounder and corner Kyle Fuller. The transaction was also significant because it essentially announced that the Washington will be moving on from starter Kirk Cousins, after two seasons playing under the franchise tag.
The move was confusing to many because Cousins and Smith are perceived as two sides of the same coin. Above average, slightly better than game managers who can’t win it all. Colin disagrees, and said that Washington fans shouldn’t hang their heads over the move. In his opinion, Smith is actually an upgrade over Cousins.
Colin sees Smith – the NFL passing rating leader – as a less turnover prone version of Cousins, who also understands his limitations and is significantly more mobile. Cousins still seems intent on gaining the respect as an elite quarterback, which he’s not, and being paid like one. Smith will be playing under a more team friendly deal, and should flourish under the same Jay Gruden offense in which Cousins put up huge numbers.
Someone will pay Cousins a ransom, but Colin thinks Washington made a smart move to pass. Smith is better, and cheaper.
Watch him explain:
Alex Smith is an upgrade at quarterback for the Washington Redskins pic.twitter.com/UjOe0NpuUL
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 31, 2018