Retired NFL quarterback Alex Smith is on the offensive against his ex-team in Washington.
Ahead of Week 10’s Monday Night Football matchup between the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders, Smith reflected on his time as Washington’s QB (2018-2020) and was ruthlessly blunt about the disappointing experience.
Smith called it “the worst gameday experience in the country,” throwing daggers at the declining support for the team and their decaying venue at FedExField.
The franchise has long been in a downward spiral under owner Daniel Snyder. They’ve undergone a series of unnecessary rebrands, failed to nurture a winning culture and botched their relationship with employees.
As speculations of a potential sale of the team intensify — amid ongoing probes into workplace misconduct and financial violations — critics are mounting their issues with Washington’s mismanagement.
“I’ve never seen a place where the distractions come from the other side of the building,” Smith added on the ESPN Daily podcast.
Washington’s brain trust got some added pushback last week after using a shooting incident involving rookie running back Brian Robinson in a non-sequitur response to the announcement of District of Columbia A.G.’s investigation news.
Washington Commanders Respond With Massive MNF Victory
The Commanders must have heard Smith because they played like they were on a mission on Monday Night Football. They defeated the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles on the road, 32-21. Despite the win and the move back to .500 at 5-5, Washington remains in last place in the NFC East.
Washington’s win keeps their hope alive in the postseason race. They made a QB change to Taylor Heinicke after a short stint with Carson Wentz as their starter. They’re now 3-1 since the change to their backup QB.
Washington has been unable to stop the endless carousel of QBs that has long plagued the franchise, but Heinicke is now 10-9 over his 19 starts for the Commanders since the start of last season.
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