NFC East Notes: Eagles, Redskins, Alex Smith



Alex Smith

Redskins president Bruce Allen called the report of the team planning to be without Alex Smith for the 2019 season “nonsense.”

“He really is a day-to-day guy,” Allen said during an interview with The Team 980, via the Washington Post.
  • Allen also said the Redskins are not yet preparing for life without Smith this season, but know he might not be available in 2019 and are considering options to bolster the position. (John Keim)
  • Allen added that as Smith “develops we’ll have a better idea of when” he might return.


Rob Ryan tells NBC Sports Washington that he’s “excited” to join the Redskins as their new ILBs coach. 

“Oh man, I’m excited,” Ryan said. “This is going to be so much fun. So much respect for Jay Gruden for years and to actually now… I’ve interviewed twice I wanted to be there so bad. The first time didn’t work out but this time I’m so happy to be joining him. Him and Greg (Manusky), these guys they make you feel like you just want to go in there and do something and be a little part of their success.

“There’s so much enthusiasm in that building. Man, you can feel it and it’s just going to be special.

  • Redskins president Bruce Allen said on The Team 980 that they promoted Kevin O’Connell because HC Jay Gruden wanted “to get some new thinking and fresh thinking into the offense.
  • Allen mentioned that as of now the plan is for Gruden call plays, but other sources have told John Keim that could still change.

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