There are some things that one simply can’t deny about the 2020-21 Washington Football Team. They outperformed all expectations. The team gave fans cause for optimism for the future. Ron Rivera showed in words and actions that he is committed to impacting cultural changes. Alex Smith was an inspiration and an aberration.
Now the league’s slam-dunk Comeback Player Of The Year looks like he’s played his last snap in Burgundy and Gold. Fans, management, coaches, and teammates alike have said all the things that you would expect them to say, have honored and celebrated Smith’s accomplishments, and have praised him for what he was able to accomplish, however as unique as his season and this season has been, there is a very familiar path that things seem to be headed on as player and club begin to grow further apart.
Last week, it was Smith’s comments in a profile in GQ that elicited some strong pushback from certain corners of the sports-talk-caller-sphere. While some interpreted his words, “They didn’t see it, didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance” to mean that he felt there was a respect or courtesy that he was owed but did not receive, on this edition of The Cult Of Colt, Gumbi and I share our thoughts on what he was trying to say, and our thoughts on the ways it was received.
The operative question here for us is: what does the Washington Football Team (and its fans) owe Alex Smith for what he’s done and for what he could do in the future?
To that end, we look at the roster going forward and consider where Washington has another big decision looming large: what could (and should) they do about Brandon Scherff’s pending free agency.
While I believe that a player being franchise tagged once can be interpreted as a sign of respect, that second tag... well it’s nothing short of a slap in the face and a recipe for another messy separation down the line.
Finally, we have some thoughts on the “rumblings” and “murmurs” about a potential partnership between the current majority ownership group, and a potential bid by Jeff Bezos to become a minority owner of the team... As if there wasn’t enough future messiness to consider.