Redskins’ DJ Swearinger says Alex Smith has ‘more command’ than Cousins did
The Washington Redskins got solid quarterback play from Kirk Cousins for the better part of the last three seasons, which is more than most teams in the NFL can say. Despite that, it sounds like Cousins’ former teammates are happier with their current situation than they were a year ago.
While speaking at training camp on Tuesday, Redskins defensive back D.J. Swearinger seemingly took a shot at Cousins while heaping praise on Alex Smith. The comments came via The Sports Capitol’s Ben Standig.
Spoke with Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger at training camp. Several topics discussed. Among them, differences he notices between quarterbacks Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins. He has direct thoughts. https://t.co/aiwBQZ190B ($) h pic.twitter.com/8zwbEiTPLU
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) August 1, 2018
We’d say Swearinger meant that as more of a compliment to Smith than a knock on Cousins, but this has become a theme since Washington parted ways with Cousins. If you remember, Redskins players were also critical of Cousins during organized team activities earlier this offseason.
Smith had by far his best season as a pro with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, and duplicating that success will be difficult in an entirely new system. Based on what Swearinger and others have said, it seems like his teammates are confident it will happen.