No team in the league needs a front office facelift quite like the Washington Commanders, as the presence of owner Dan Snyder seems to taint everything associated with this franchise. Even Alex Smith, as wholesome a player as Washington has had in years, can’t escape being pessimistic about this team.
Smith had some success in his time as Washington’s quarterback, overcoming a horrific leg injury to help the then-Washington Football Team win their division in 2020. Despite all of that, Smith said he performed amid a constant cloud of negativity and tensions.
Smith said that he has “never seen a place where the distractions come from the other side of the building” in an appearance on the ESPN Daily podcast. Not willing to settle for just one barb at the franchise, Smith said that FedEx Field features “probably the worst gameday experience in the country.”
Like anyone with an IQ somewhere above 20, Smith can sense that there is genuine angst between Commanders fans, one of the strongest fanbases in the league, and an owner that they feel very uncomfortable with supporting. Perhaps a sale would help smooth things over?
Alex Smith took a shot at Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder.
Complaining about Snyder and the stadium is nothing new for Smith. He hinted at the deeply flawed organizational structure way back in April, and has not been shy about needling the franchise. Considering how mild-mannered Smith was as a player and is now as an analyst, his vitriol here is notable.
FedEx has long been considered a dump that has become antiquated very quickly in the NFL, but there is at least some progress on that front. The days of fans falling over guardrails and nearly taking out Jalen Hurts appear to be coming to an end.
The Snyder issue is trickier to solve. While it seems like the heat is really turning up after his latest batch of scandals and nefariousness, Snyder has been found to have overseen much shadier deals and come away with his ownership of the team intact. Sadly, Smith may not get his wish here.
While Smith was able to make one of the most miraculous comebacks in NFL history with Washington, it’s clear that he didn’t enjoy his time in the nation’s capital too much. Considering how many former players have similar opinions, this likely isn’t the case of a scorned ex-employee with a grudge trying to stir the pot.