Fred Smoot on Drafting Fat Boys
As mentioned previously, a solid chunk of the Redskins roster attended last night's Wiz game, from Fred Davis to Kareem Moore to Carlos Rogers to Byron Westbrook to Fred Smoot. (Also in attendance: LaVar Arrington.) Several of the players were asked their feelings about the Jason Campbell situation--see the comments of Rogers and Davis, for example.
I went up to Smoot to ask the same, but within a few moments he was telling me that he wanted to be a GM when he's done playing ball. So I asked what his personnel philosophy would be.
"Fat boys wins my game," he said. "I know football, and in December, in the playoffs, fat boys win. Whoever's got the best fat boys is gonna win, so I'm gonna collect fat boys. I can find Fred Smoots--not a dime a dozen, but I can find cornerbacks that can make plays. I can find that. I can't find a big boy that can push this line for four quarters."
Fred Smoot, if you haven't noticed, is actually pretty smart, underneath all the jibba jabba. So is Gilbert Arenas; his "a broke clock's right twice" line, concerning the sorry Wizards recording two wins this year against the dominant Cavs, was probably the smartest five words anyone uttered about last night's game, and he delivered it spontaneously, without a second's thought.
Anyhow, I did ask Smoot Jason Campbell, and he was equally sensible.
"Most definitely," he said, when I asked if he was glad JC is still in D.C. "It was just one of those things man, where names get called out, hopefully we can get this situation healed and move on past it."
I asked whether he himself would be able to move past a situation like that.
"Me myself personally?" he repeated. "Fred Smoot, free agent year, which Jason is in, I'm thinking like that anyway. It's my free-agent year, so I'm already thinking like this could be my last year, so I need to come out here and do everything I can do for the big score. So hopefully he's doing that, and he can just bounce back from it and focus on what really matters, and that's winning some games."
Carlos Rogers and Smoot, together, talked to Campbell about these issues yesterday at Redskins Park. I asked Smoot what he advised.
"Just don't worry about it, man, it's part of it," he said he told Campbell. "If you wear your feelings on your sleeve, then you ain't gonna last long. You've got to have thick skin, man. I'm a cornerback; we know that."
And I asked him whether he thought Campbell could still develop into a franchise quarterback.
"Yeah, I think he can," Smoot said. "You know, its just hard to do that when you haven't been in steady thing, with all the issues, switching weapons and switching expectations. You know, it's hard. Everybody don't get the smooth entry into the league like Peyton manning had. Most definitely I'm happy he's staying. I think it's a great thing, we can pick up where we left off, add the addition of Haynesworth, and hopefully we can draft this big tackle no matter which one it is and we go from there."
And before you start voting Smoot for mayor of D.C., bear in mind that he was at the Verizon Center last night sitting next to the Cavs bench and rooting for the visitors.
"Well, I've got a little blood thicker than water situation, you know?" he explained. "Mo Williams is my guy. We grew up together. My mom lives about a block from his mom right now, so I had to come cheer on my homeboy."
Still, he said he respects and roots for the Wiz.
"Always, always," he said. "You know what? The Cavaliers can't beat the Wizards. So if we saw these guys in the Eastern Conference championship, we would win. The Cavaliers CANNOT beat the Wizards. You know, they've got the Cavs' number."
And before you say Smoot finally made a mis-step, bear in mind that this was Cavs Coach Mike Brown, 20 minutes later, concerning his team's struggles with the Wiz.
"They've given us problems every year, in the regular season, since I've been here," he said. "They've had our number."
See? Smoot's a genius.
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