Feb 23, 2021
Alex Smith says Washington didnt want me after return from injury, hesitated to give him fair shake
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Alex Smith is fresh off easily the most inspiring season of his NFL career. The former No. 1 overall draft pick didn't post gaudy numbers or even start Washington Football Team's lone playoff game in 2020.But he did coast to NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors for the recovery that led to his on-field performance, overcoming a severe leg injury and potential amputation to return after more than a year out of the league. Just don't give Washington too much credit for embracing his improbable journey.
Speaking with GQ's Clay Skipper this week, Smith did not mince words when recounting his road back to the field, indicating that Washington was initially very resistant to the idea of the 36-year-old quarterback actually taking snaps in 2020.
"They never thought I was coming back," Smith said. "When I decided to come back, I definitely threw a wrench in the team's plan. They didn't see it, didn't want me there, didn't want me to be a part of it, didn't want me to be on the team, the roster, didn't want to give me a chance. Mind you, it was a whole new regime; they came in, I'm like the leftovers and I'm hurt and I'm this liability."
Washington coach Ron Rivera repeatedly insisted prior to the season that Smith would be part of the team's QB plans in the event he received medical clearance and could withstand normal practice routines. And while Smith ultimately did take over under center, replacing the injured Kyle Allen and demoted Dwayne Haskins in Week 5, that went against Washington's original plans.
"Heck no, they didn't want me there," Smith told GQ. "At that point, as you can imagine, everything I'd been through, I couldn't have cared less about all that. Whether you like it or not, I'm giving this a go at this point."
Washington's opposition to his return began in the summer, when Smith abruptly received clearance to begin football activities, despite sitting out the entire 2019 season while in rehab.
"I mean, they tried to put me on PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) for two weeks, then they tried to high-arm me," he said. "I felt like I still hadn't had my fair shake at that point. I wanted to see if I could play quarterback and play football, and I feel like I hadn't been given that opportunity yet to find that out. It's like getting this close to the end line of a marathon and they're telling you that you can't finish the race. It's like, f--- that. I'm finishing this thing. At least I'm going to see if I can. So, I'm thankful we worked through all that stuff, but no, it wasn't like open arms coming back after two years."
As for whether Smith intends to return to Washington in 2021, the QB refused to fully commit to playing but suggested "football-wise, I got more left." It's very possible, if he does continue his career, that it'll be elsewhere. Despite riding Smith to an NFC East title in 2020, Washington has reportedly been on the hunt for an upgrade under center and can save nearly $15 million by releasing the veteran this offseason.
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House Dem EXPLODES on Jim Jordan in Committee Hearing: I Didnt Vote to Overturn an Election! And I Will Not Be Lectured By People Who Did!
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) went off on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during the House oversight committee hearing on Wednesday, accusing him of “gaslight” and railing at him for voting to overturn an election.
The hearing, held by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, aimed to question Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan regarding changes at the postal service under their leadership and amid the 2020 election.
Jordan began by asking DeJoy if he had people protesting outside of his house last night, which DeJoy confirmed he did not, and later asked who specifically has called for his resignation.
After DeJoy noted that President Joe Biden and Moloney, who is the Chairwoman of the committee, have not called for him to step down, Jordan called out Connolly for doing so.
Jordan went on to point out that DeJoy had protesters outside of his house last summer, implying that things have calmed down since the Biden administration took over, as Democrats were solely looking to denounce the system while Donald Trump was president.
“What’s different between February 24, 2021 and August 24, 2020. What happened in those six months?” Jordan added. “What could explain the Democrats difference in attitude.”
DeJoy noted he did not want to “participate” in what Jordan was implying, but later guessed that it was either anxiety revolving his new strategic plan, or the 2020 election.
Jordan continued to push DeJoy, asking if he agreed that it was “all about the election.”
“All the gaslighting that we just heard does not change facts,” Connolly shot back following Jordan’s remarks, later directly addressing Mark Dimondstein, the head of the American Postal Workers Union
“Am I making this up as Mr. Jordan apparently would have you believe: That the president of the United States last summer, Donald J. Trump, publicly said voting by mail would lead to massive fraud,” Connolly asked Dimondstein. “Did I say that or am I imagining it?
Dimondstein noted that he was not imagining that, adding that Trump also specifically said that the postal service could not get Covid-19 relief.
“The point is, it was Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, that was planting the idea, aided and abetted by disruptive changes proposed by a new postmaster general and a compliant board of governors that actually eroded the public confidence in the ability to vote by mail,” Connolly said in response.
“I didn’t vote to overturn an election!” Connolly exclaimed after announcing that he is a proud Democrat. “And I will not be lectured by people who did!”
Rep. James Comer (R-KY) later hit back at Connolly, noting that he did not object to the presidential election, and accused top Democrats of voting to overturn the 2004 election.
“I just wanted to state for the record, Mr. Connolly pointed over about voting to object in the election. I’ve never, ranking member, I’ve never voted to object to a presidential election,” Comer said. “But I’ll tell you who has, Nancy Pelosi in 2004.”
Connolly cut in to note that he did not name anyone who he claimed voted to overturn an election, adding that it was not his intention to include Comer if he truly did not vote that way.
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