Redskins 'energized' with Josh Johnson at quarterback

Josh Luckenbaugh
December 17, 2018 - 9:40 am
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Josh Johnson earned his first NFL win as a starting quarterback Sunday in the Redskins' 16-13 victory over the Jaguars, leading Washington to its first win since Week 10.

And in both his demeanor and his play, Johnson reminds several experts of Alex Smith, who guided the Redskins to a 6-3 record before suffering a season-ending leg injury. 

"Hope goes a long way. I think we all approach everything differently with a positive attitude," said Craig Hoffman on The Sports Junkies Monday. "Josh just has a different energy about him. The enthusiasm, the competitiveness, all that stuff that he brings, is real."

"It's completely intangible, except for the fact it clearly matters. I think Alex has some of that too, by the way, and that has contributed to him winning a lot of football games in spite of poor play over the years."

"When you have the confidence-inspiring ability to raise the level of the people around you, that is really powerful."

DeAngelo Hall also saw similarities to Smith in Johnson throughout Sunday's turnover-free, if unexciting, display against Jacksonville.

"It wasn't pretty, but it was a very Alex Smith-type performance," Hall told the Junkies. "He protected the ball, he got out of the pocket when he needed to, he made plays with his feet. And he threw some passes in there that you felt good about moving forward." 

"I didn't think it would be that evident, but watching the way that team performed against Jacksonville, and then watching the way they came out last week and performed to start the game (with Mark Sanchez at quarterback), it was a night and day difference," Hall concluded. "At least it appeared that they were much more energized knowing that Josh Johnson was gonna be their quarterback."

They still have plenty of work to do to get to the playoffs, but at the very least, Josh Johnson helped the Redskins get back to their winning formula from earlier in the season. 

And maybe, just maybe, that could make a difference in whether the Redskins avoid missing a third consecutive postseason. 

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