Alex Smith talked to reporters before today's practice as the Redskins prepare for their Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints. Alex talked about Drew Brees' chance to become the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, the Saints offense and their defense. He also talked about the Redskins lack of TDs in the second half of games this year.
WATCH LIVE: QB Alex Smith speaks to the media before practice Wednesday. https://t.co/Cj8QkVCbBo— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 3, 2018
Alex Smith at he podium. Says he’s been really impressed with how tough Chris Thompson runs pic.twitter.com/cwpbRz1VqN— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 3, 2018
"I mean it’s hard to sum up. I’ve been really impressed. I think for a back of his stature, how hard he runs, how well he runs between the tackles, how tough he runs. There have been several plays this year already; you’ve seen his physicality show up in protection as well for a smaller back. I think it’s easy to label those guys as kind of scat backs, specialist-type backs, but I don’t think Chris is limited in that way. I think he’s a guy that can do everything and has a ton of tools. Certainly the toughness and physicality that he brings is part what – it will make that happen.”
Alex Smith to the podium in Ashburn. Asked about Drew Brees, he quipped that the all-time yardage record is one that’s “decent” to have.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 3, 2018
He’s worked out with Brees before. He says Drew’s continued attention to detail despite success impresses him most.
Alex Smith talking about Drew Brees and the upcoming record. #redskins pic.twitter.com/y6x0lACG6w— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) October 3, 2018
“I don’t go against their offense. Our job is to go out there and score points..” -Smith on facing New Orleans and the #Saints ability to score.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 3, 2018
Next step for Redskins offense:
Smith says the next step for this offense is to decipher quickly how defenses are covering them and getting more quickly to advantageous personnel and plays.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 3, 2018
"I think it’s the ability to find out. I mean quickly, we’re able to do so much, so many different personnel groups, so many guys that I think can have that play-making ability for us. I think deciphering quickly what it’s going to be that week. You don’t know [personnel]. You don’t know how they’re going to play us, you know, certain personnel. How are they going to, who are they going to matchup and things like that. I think the ability to decipher that quick and to counter it, I guess you’d say. I think looking at it that the productivity when we’ve been good, we’ve been good situationally. We’ve been good on third down. We’ve been good in red zone, short yardage situations, goal line – those things.
Situational football, I think, wins football games more often than not in the league and continues to be good in those areas and then putting together four quarters, consistent football. In our two wins we’ve played lights out for a couple halves and then had some disappointing halves. I think the consistency of putting together four quarters. “
2nd half offense:
Alex Smith knows the Redskins offense needs to be better in the second half. He says situational football wins games— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 3, 2018
Smith adds that the reason they haven’t been good in the second half comes down to execution more than anything else. They got behind the chains and everything goes down hill from there.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 3, 2018
Patrick Mahomes II:
Alex Smith on Patrick Mahomes: “They’re lighting the word on fire right now. It’s fun to watch.”— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 3, 2018
Last year's loss to the Saints:
Smith says games like Washington’s against New Orleans last year prove that you can’t get away with consistently what the #Redskins have in their two wins. It’s gonna take four quarters.— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) October 3, 2018
Smith says he felt like the Saints had their best defensive performance last week against the Giants. Added they are very multiple up front.— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 3, 2018