Just 24 hours after Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said he was “tired of it”, one of his former quarterbacks, Alex Smith, was not shy about announcing some off-the-field distractions around Ashburn.
Smith appeared as a phone guest on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday, when Eisen asked what advice might Smith have for leaving new quarterback Carson Wentz for commanders.
Smith (Laughter) “Oh man, this is tough. I think you have to try to eliminate the noise in there. You know, there’s a lot of noise. There are many distractions. That whole organization, everything around it, and obviously deserves it. It has been bad for the last 20 years. There’s a lot of stuff going on, a lot of distractions. This makes it difficult to focus on football.
But I think Carson is at this point in his career. It’s kinda his make or break. He is getting another chance to be a boy. This is a team (commander) that has been almost desperate to get a franchise quarterback over the years.
So could it be like that? He has to lock in and not get distracted. Like I said, it’s an opportunity; He has to go and make the most of it. I think it’s going to tell. Can he do this?
The Cowboys kinda ran with that division. The Eagles keep getting better and we’ll see what happens in New York. But yes, can he make the most of this last chance while all this is going on?
…there’s a ton of turmoil in them. I know they are trying to solve it. It still remains to be seen whether that is going to happen.”
Eisen asked if what was going on in the front office affected Smith’s ability to play football. Smith replied, “How can it not? How can it not? All the stuff in the organization from ownership to the bottom, to head coaching and GM. There’s been a lot of drama there historically.”
It’s a huge market; Obviously the capital. That organization is actually a one-story franchise. Yes, there is a lot of turmoil and a lot of distractions. Saying that stuff going on in the building doesn’t infiltrate the locker room or on the field outside would be insane. This happens everywhere. I think that’s what great organizations end up with and bad guys have a hard time with.
All that noise creeps into the building. Yes, it affects the product on the field. Great organizations and coaches have a knack for keeping the building out of the way, silencing noise, distractions, and the focus on football. But it’s easier said than done.”
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