Comparing a former quarterback to the current quarterback is going to happen across several NFL teams. For the Washington Redskins in particular, there are going to be comparisons because of the history Kirk Cousins had with the team and then the trade for Alex Smith.
Running back Chris Thompson just became another open Redskins player to join the conversation.
In a interview with JP Finlay on Saturday at training camp, Thompson talked what is different on the field for him with Alex Smith.
For the sixth-year back, it was more about the chemistry between the two and adjustments coming back from injury more than anything else.
I have to get used to how he addresses the huddle and everything. It’s different that what Kirk used to do. I can tell all the other guys were in sync with him because they’ve been with him through OTAs and everything. Just the way he lets us know when the snap count is or what the snap count is, how the play is, he spits things out pretty quick and it flows. It did with Kirk too but Kirk would let us know three or four times what the snap count was on and Alex he kind of says it. He says it, then he spits out the play, and it’s just boom and then he lets us know one more time… His arm motion has kind of thrown my eyes off a little bit... He can side-arm it and then when he goes overhand or whatever, it’s pretty slow, but the ball comes out fast
For the past year, Thompson has not been afraid to be vocal about the whole Cousins situation in Washington. Back when the trade for Smith occurred, Thompson was asked if Cousins wanted to come back and his answer definitely was not a straight yes or no. This appeared to be a continuation of his answer.
“Me and Kirk, we had a good relationship with each other, and we talked about us being together for years to come but I know a guy, when you’re going on a year-to-year basis after a while, I mean human nature at a point you kind of get clocked out a little bit sometimes, because you don’t know if you’ll be here or not. Sometimes it could affect your mindset or something like that,” Thompson said.
If there is any disdain from Thompson, it does not appear to be directed at Cousins. Rather, the running back was more perturbed at the situation and the uncertainty if anything else.
Me and Kirk, we never had any problems or anything like that. I think for the guys, what I wanted is to have a quarterback here that we know is going to be here for years to come. It was just every year we didn’t know what is gonna to happen. It wears on you, it wears on the players and now we have a guy here and we don’t have to worry about all the quarterback drama or who’s going to be the guy next year. We know he is going to be our guy for the next few years and we move on with him. Alex, he’s been in the league for a very long time and he brings some leadership with him, we’re just excited to have him.
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To hear Thompson's full interview, as well as notes on other players like Alex Smith, Mo Harris and Adonis Alexander, check out Redskins Talk below.