Eagles’ Pederson on Alex Smith: ‘He’s a proven winner in this league’

When The Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith severely injured his right leg in 2018 and then had a life-threatening infection after surgery to repair the leg, many thought his career was over. However, Smith defied all the odds. After almost two seasons rehabbing the injury, he made his return in Week 5 when Washington’s Kyle Allen injured his arm. Ultimately, Smith took over the job on a full-time basis when Allen dislocated his ankle a few weeks later.

Before injuring his right calf against the 49ers in Week 9, the 36-year-old Smith was 4-1 as a starter and had Washington on top of the NFC East. Now, Smith is looking to work his way back from that calf injury to start on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field against the Eagles. It’s simple, if Washington(6-9) wins, they are NFC East champions. At this point, Smith is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. If Smith can’t go, Taylor Heinicke will start for Washington. Heinicke replaced the recently waived Dwayne Haskins last week in the team’s 20-13 loss to Carolina.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who spent three seasons as an offensive coordinator in Kansas City with Smith, has a lot of respect for the 16-year veteran.

“I’ll tell you something, I really have a lot of respect for Alex Smith, for him and his family,” Pederson said. “Again, the way he has come back from this adversity in his career with the injury and putting him in a position to play this season and potentially start this game Sunday night. My hat goes off to him.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s been in this position because our time in Kansas City for three years, just watching him work, the work ethic that he has for himself, number one, to be the best player that he can be, but also within the team, how he can elevate and make things run smoothly with his offenses.

“But he’s a guy that really knows how to run the system. He’s not going to put the ball in harm’s way. He takes care of the football. He utilizes everybody on offense, quite frankly. That’s been one of his strengths. That’s why his win percentage is so good.

“But I think the key is just that he takes care of the football, number one. He’s done that his whole career. I would say there’s probably been a lot of things said and piled up upon him over his career that he can’t do this, he can’t do that. But bottom line, he’s a proven winner in this league at quarterback, and that is what you are measured by, and I have a lot of respect for him.”

Smith is a winner in the NFL. He’s led a team to the playoffs five times. He knows what it takes to get his teams to the postseason, so if he can play, we’ll see if Smith can work his magic on Sunday against the Eagles.

Watch!: Josh Norman believes the Redskins win Super Bowl 53 if Alex Smith was healthy

The Redskins got off to a great start in 2018. After nine games, the Redskins were 6-3 and were on top of the NFC East, but injuries started to pile up, including a gruesome leg injury for their QB Alex Smith against the Texans in Week 11. They would lose that game and ultimately finish the season 7-9.

According to their star corner Josh Norman, if Smith stays healthy, the Skins win Super Bowl 53.

“We go to the Super Bowl… We in it and we win it,” Norman told TMZ Sports.

Norman explained why the Redskins get it done.

“Why would we not get past the Rams, why would not get past the Saints, why would we not have gotten past any of those teams,” Norman said. “Yeah, they would have beaten us earlier in the year, but guess what, we would have gotten better from it, we would have gotten stronger from it. We had a quarterback that don’t lose games for us, and we would have been fine.”

Well, Alex Smith is a good quarterback, but the Redskins were an average team in 2018, and mediocre teams don’t go to the Super Bowl. They might have been good enough to win the NFC East if Smith stayed healthy, but unfortunately, that is something we’ll never know.

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Marcellus Wiley on Skins: ‘They’re taking an advantage of a suppressed division right now’

After defeating the Buccaneers on Sunday, the Washington Redskins moved to 6-3 and are two games up on the Cowboys and Eagles in the NFC East.

While the Redskins are on top of the NFC East, some question how good they really are, including former NFL player and Fox Sports’ Marcellus Wiley.

“Man, I hate to be that guy. You only beat who is on the field, but it’s a suppressed division. We know that,” Wiley told TMZ Sports. 

“Dallas is trying to figure out which way is up. Obviously, Philadelphia is having a hangover from last year. And, you look at the Giants, man, Eli at the quarterback position not living up to the standard. Obviously, his best days behind him.

“Yeah, they’re taking advantage of a suppressed division right now.”

Washington’s offense is not very prolific. Led by QB Alex Smith and RB Adrian Peterson, the Skins are 27th in points per game(19.6), but their defense has played well this season. The Redskins are allowing 19.4 ppg, which is fourth best in the NFL.

We can question the Skins all we want, but it’s all about wins and losses, and at this point, Washington has beaten the teams they needed to beat. Four of the Redskins’ six wins have come against teams with losing records. However, next Sunday, Washington have a tough test against the AFC South leading Houston Texas at FedEX Field, which will help us learn a little bit more about this team

I believe Philly has the most talent in the NFC East, and we will find out how true that is as Washington has to play the Eagles two times in their final seven games. They also have to play the Cowboys again, who they beat back in October.

In the end, those games will probably determine who will win the NFC East.