By John KeimESPN Staff Writer
ASHBURN, Va. -– The track record of Alex Smith suggests adversity will hit, as it did early in his career and even in recent years. That history also suggests he knows how to recover. It’s how the former No. 1 overall pick survived early lean years to become a quality starter deep into his career.
And it’s why the Washington Redskins don’t want to get rattled by what happened Monday night.
“He will bounce back,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
The Redskins, of course, need Smith to be a lot better against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday than he was in the 43-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. It wasn’t just that Smith completed 23 of 39 passes for 275 yards and an interception, it was how he looked. A quarterback known for his poise and accuracy was at times jittery in the pocket and was wildly off.
It was a Monday night to remember for Saints fans, but one Alex Smith would surely rather forget. Per ESPN Stats & Information:
Smith went 4-of-12 with an interception passing 10+ yards downfield. He completed 50 percent of those attempts in the first three games of the...