Playoffs NFL 2021 He leads his third team to the Playoffs after his terrible injury
Si the story of Alex Smith ever becomes a movie, the quarterback will not go to the movies to watch it. “Of course not. He won’t see her,” he said.
After all, Smith has lived it in reality, and does not need anyone to document the tortuous path he followed. since he fractured his right leg and required 17 surgeries to recover.
As inspiring as this may be for his teammates and coaches, his sporting history during the current campaign has little to do with the 2018 injury that put his career at risk. Rather, the news has been the way Smith has led Washington from a 2-7 mark to the title of the East Division of the National Conference.
He’s a veteran quarterback who knows what it’s like to play in the postseason.
“Once you’re there and the whistle blows, you have to understand that everything is results-oriented. You have to be accountable to your teammates and coaches. Everyone in this building depends on you,” Smith said. “In the end, once you get on the field, you better get the results.”
Smith has succeeded, exceeding expectations and proving that coach Ron Rivera was correct in deciding that the attack would work best with an experienced captain.
Five touchdowns and five interceptions in six opening games don’t seem like statistics anyone can boast about. But the 5-1 record is a credit to the 36-year-old quarterback, who led the offensive with a quality that never reached Dwayne Haskins, selected in the first round of the 2019 draft.
Haskins lost five of his six opening games, and the team released him. Kyle Allen He won one of their encounters before getting hurt.
Now this is Smith’s team, despite the limitations you face following a pull on the right calf of your leg repaired by surgeries. The ailment could force Rivera to place substitute Taylor Heinicke on the field at least occasionally in Saturday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“It is something that we will surely have to analyze,” Rivera said.
Of course, the Buccaneers are preparing to face Smith.
“When Alex Smith plays quarterback, they have a tremendous team“said Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians.” They are a very well managed team with a lot of defensive talent. But Alex Smith is really the key to everything. “
How is that possible? Arians gives Smith credit for throwing the ball so quickly that he avoids being caught. by rivals.
Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson, who worked with Smith for three years as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator, praises the way the quarterback makes decisions. Zac Taylor of Cincinnati also highlights Smith’s effectiveness.
Smith is certainly not without errors. You just seem to know when you can afford to risk.
Smith is only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to have led three different teams to the playoffs.. He did it before with San Francisco and Kansas City.
- Dave Krieg: Seahawks (1983, 1984, 1987, 1988), Chiefs (1992), Lions (1994)
- Brad Johnson: Vikings (1996), Washington (1999), Bucs (2001, campen 2002)
- Kerry Collins: Panthers (1996), Giants (2000 y 2002), Titans (2008)
- Jeff Garca: 49ers (2001, 2002), Eagles (2006), Bucs (2007)
- Alex Smith: 49ers (2011), Chiefs (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) y Washington (2020)
And he’s made one of the most amazing and emotional comebacks in football, if not all of sport.
Since the middle of the year it has reached numerous milestones: He was given permission to practice, stayed on the roster, finally played another NFL game, started a game for the first time since 2018, and won again. Now, he has the playoffs ahead.