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Old 12-17-2007, 09:35 AM   #1
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Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Is Smoot helping or hurting us in the secondary?

It seems he is constantly getting burned either by speed or by a move. He had a nice deflection in the end zone yesterday, but he was playing catchup on the play. When the ball is in the air, he is usually trying to find his man, not the ball.

That said, has he cost us that much? How many times has he given up a TD, or the big play that leads to a score? (I don't know the answer to this - just asking). He also is probably the best option (especially with Rogers injured).

I like Smoot - I think that, since his return, he has been a positive influence on the Skins. However, I'm just not sure about his skills out there.

So, what do you think? Where are the polls?
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

I think he's an asset. I think he's a GREAT cover corner.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

I thought he played great last night.

I don't know why anyone would even ask if he's a liability to tell you the truth.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Because he tends to be out of position, and doesn't have the speed to keep up with most #1 receivers.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Umm ok.

Guess I saw a different game.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

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I thought he played great last night.

I don't know why anyone would even ask if he's a liability to tell you the truth.
I agree. I often wonder about people's understanding of football sometimes. How anyone could think he played anything but well last night if beyond me.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Plus, my grandmother could have played corner last night, what with the winds. Still, Smoot was out of position at least a few times.

Again, though, this is a results-oriented league. He may be out of position and his assignments may make catches that Springs would have stopped, but did it hurt us? I don't think it has, but I don't have empirical evidence for that.
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I agree. I often wonder about people's understanding of football sometimes. How anyone could think he played anything but well last night if beyond me.
Seriously.

What's next?

A "What's wrong with Portis" thread?
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Smoot was out of position? I can think of at least three distinct plays when got his hand on the ball and broke up several more. Over the last three or four weeks, I can't think of the last time I've seen a Redskin corner play like Smoot has.

Dude has been lights out all the way.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Honestly, and I'm not just trying to break onlydarksets chops here, I thought Smoot played perhaps his best game of the season last night. He did a great job matched up on Burress and he broke up several passes.
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I agree. I often wonder about people's understanding of football sometimes. How anyone could think he played anything but well last night if beyond me.
I never said he didn't play well in last night's game. Please read the whole post before starting with the ad hominem attacks. I'm putting the question out there now that we've had Smoot back for (almost) an entire season.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

smoot played very well last night. buress was fairly quiet and he was on him all night it seemed.
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Honestly, and I'm not just trying to break onlydarksets chops here, I thought Smoot played perhaps his best game of the season last night. He did a great job matched up on Burress and he broke up several passes.
Speaking of Burress, I have to say I haven't seen a receiver offensively interfere that much since Irvin.

It's like EVERY PASS to Burress he is pushing someone or holding them down. Sure, almost all WRs do it, but not as bad as him.
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

um, did you watch the same game? he shut plex down....i thought smoot played great.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:51 AM   #15
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Re: Fred Smoot - asset, liability, or neither?

Wow what a thread, Smoot played great last night. OUT OF POSITION! He was sticking like glue to Burress, even Madden made the comment of how well he was doing against him. I think it was the first play of the game where he almost had a pick on a quick slant and then later in the middle of the field he almost got another one.
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