Feinstein: Redskins lost a 'special person' in injured Alex Smith

Josh Luckenbaugh
November 21, 2018 - 7:59 am

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John Feinstein got to know Alex Smith while writing his forthcoming book Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League​, and says the Redskins have lost a "special" player for the rest of the season. 

"A lot of people, and you're hearing it from inside the locker room, understand that Alex Smith is a special guy," Feinstein told The Junkies Wednesday. "A very good quarterback, a special person. In that sense, the team will miss him just as much as they might miss him on the field."

"And personally, when you get to know people, you have biases. You like some people more than others. And there are very few people I can say I've liked more than Alex Smith."

Smith broke both his tibia and fibula in Sunday's loss to the Texans, ending his season and even possibly threatening the rest of his career. Feinstein compared the injury, as many have, to that of Joe Theismann, who never played again after breaking his leg in 1985.

"Theismann was 36, and never played again. Alex will be 35 next year. Medical techniques have come a long way in 33 years, that's the patch of good news in all of this," he said. "But Alex, as you've seen, is a quarterback who relies on being mobile, who relies on his speed."

"But if he comes back and loses some of that speed and mobility and agility and quickness, that's gotta affect him. Especially at the age of 35." 

In the meantime, Colt McCoy is the Redskins' starting quarterback, and Feinstein believes the Redskins offense will be fine with McCoy under center, but not significantly better than the Smith-led unit as some are hoping

"He's proven he can win games in the past," Feinstein told The Junkies. "I think it helps them that the first game they're gonna play with him as the starter is a place where he's had success in the past (at Dallas)." 

"I don't know if I agree with the offense moving up a tick, I think the offense will be the offense. I think it still has the same issue Alex dealt with all year: the lack of a deep threat." 

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