FEDEX FIELD -- Redskins team president Bruce Allen made it clear that he wants wins, not statistics, from new quarterback Alex Smith. And Smith has no problem with that.
"Letters not numbers, that’s kind of the saying," Smith said Wednesday night. "Letters are what's important, wins and losses. You can get caught up, especially this day and age with fantasy and all these stats. With that, obviously, there’s a balance."
This offseason, the Redskins are transitioning from Kirk Cousins to Smith. For the past three years with Cousins under center, the football team played somewhere between good and mediocre, winning one fewer game each season from 2015 to 2017. Cousins played well, mostly, and posted three of the best statistical seasons ever in Redskins history.
It's overly simplistic to directly equate Cousins' play with the Redskins overall record, but there's also no individual position in team sports that has a more direct result on the final result than quarterback.
But it also begs mentioning that Cousins gave the Redskins stability at QB position like had not been seen for decades. Smith allows for that stability at quarterback to continue, and depending who you ask, improve, decline, or even stay the same.
Allen, speaking a few weeks back at NFL League Meetings, told NBC Sports Washington that his sole focus when it comes to quarterbacks were wins and losses. That factor played a huge role in the organization's decision to acquire Smith.
"Wins and losses is the most important statistic when it comes to an equipment manager, a team president, a quarterback, a running back, a guard or a coach," Allen said via the Redskins Talk podcast.
When it comes to winning, Smith delivers in that arena, having won more than 50 games the last five years as the Kansas City QB.
"In the end winning is it. Winning is all that does matter. Usually in the end there’s a correlation there with good play and with that comes decent numbers usually," Smith said.
The Redskins new quarterback, who spoke with fans during a Redskins season ticket members "Chalk Talk" session on Wednesday, pointed out that good play usually results in wins. He also explained that focusing on wins and losses means creating a new selfless environment (full interview below).
"You've got to create that atmosphere but that's just the starting point. You’ve got to play well," Smith said. "I think that’s what that's about, everybody caring about the wins and losses more than their stats."
Bruce Allen wants wins. Alex Smith wants wins. Redskins fans want wins.
The results will come this fall, with or without the statistics.
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