Over the last three seasons, Kirk Cousins absolutely played his hardest for the Redskins. He played well too. Off the field, however, it never sounded certain that Cousins wanted to be in Washington for the long-term.
Just one week after being traded to Washington, Alex Smith sounds quite different.
"I'm jacked. I'm really excited," Smith said on KNBR 860 in San Francisco this week.
The comments marked the first real public acknowledgement of the move that sent Smith from Kansas City to Washington, and in turn, made Smith the Redskins' replacement for Cousins.
"Once I found out that things in Kansas City were going in a different direction, I was pumped at the opportunity and when Washington came calling I was hopeful that was a possible destination and I'm just jacked that it worked out and that they wanted me because the feelings were mutual and I'm looking forward to it."
Smith's comments come on the heels of Redskins RB Chris Thompson saying that some Washington players got "mixed messages" from Cousins about his desire to stay in Washington. Cousins himself, speaking at his end of season radio interview, explained that the "short answer is yes" to wanting to stay with the Redskins but the long answer sounded much different.
Throughout Cousins' time as Redskins starter, the team never seemed fully ready to commit to the quarterback. The past two seasons it became obvious Cousins wasn't willing to commit to the Redskins either.
Now, it looks like Smith will be the quarterback going forward.
Smith explained that Redskins tight end Vernon Davis reached out almost immediately after hearing about the trade. The two players teamed up with the 49ers for six seasons and experienced some great success together.
This marks the second time in his career that Smith will be replaced by a younger quarterback. He got benched, and eventually traded, from the 49ers in favor of Colin Kaepernick. Now, Kansas City has decided to go with second-year man Patrick Mahomes instead of Smith, and that's after the best season of Smith's 14-year NFL career.
Losing Cousins will sting for the Redskins. He's thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the least three seasons and set numerous franchise passing records.
Having Smith in place, and having him in place through at least 2020, should dull the pain. And Smith being "excited" to be with the Redskins should help even more.
(H/T 24/7 Sports for transcription)
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