Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith mentioned his comeback threw a “wrench” into the group’s plans and that he did not really feel needed by the group this previous summer time.Smith, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, informed GQ Magazine that he stunned the group by with the ability to play.”They did not see it, did not need me there, did not need me to be part of it, did not need me to be on the group, the roster, did not need to give me an opportunity,” Smith informed the journal. “Mind you, it was a complete new regime, they got here in; I’m just like the leftovers and I’m harm and I’m this legal responsibility.”Heck no, they did not need me there. At that time, as you’ll be able to think about, all the pieces I’d been by way of, I could not have cared much less about all that. Whether you prefer it or not, I’m giving this a go at this level.”Smith’s phrases name into query his want to stay with the group and the way a lot frustration he nonetheless harbors. Washington is open to retaining Smith and increase extra of the offense, however the group is also exploring different choices at quarterback due to the query of whether or not Smith can stay wholesome for a full season.2 AssociatedSmith has a $24.4 million cap hit and Washington would save $13.8 million if it launched him.”We’re nonetheless in a state of affairs the place we’re all of our choices,” coach Ron Rivera mentioned earlier this month.Smith has not mentioned for sure that he will return, however sources informed ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he needed to proceed enjoying. And Smith’s personal phrases in a number of interviews strongly counsel that is the case. He and Rivera had a number of conversations this month, though neither has mentioned a lot about them.”I acquired extra left,” Smith mentioned within the GQ interview. “I acquired extra to get there, too. So I actually do actually wanna get within the meat of this offseason and see the place I’m at and push it. I need to push my physique tougher. I need to push my leg tougher. The tougher I push it, it does reply. At some level, I’m clearly going to have to take a seat down with my spouse and have a really actual dialog, and can we need to do that? She deserves a ton of enter. So we’ll see.”The group declined to reply to Smith’s feedback.In coaching camp, Rivera mentioned he was going by what medical doctors informed him about Smith’s restoration. Also, Washington was coming into what it thought was going to be a rebuilding yr and a 35-year-old quarterback in Smith’s state of affairs, coming off a damaged proper tibia and fibula, didn’t mesh with making an attempt to plan for the longer term. Rivera inherited a 3-13 group and needed to see if second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins might develop right into a long-term starter.Washington needed to put Smith on injured reserve earlier than closing cuts, which might have ended his season. That week, Smith and Rivera had an extended assembly, after which Smith met the subsequent day with Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner to persuade them he must be on the roster.The doubts have been widespread. Smith admitted there was a “very small group” of folks that thought he might do that. Multiple sources within the group mentioned after watching his documentary on ESPN that they did not suppose a physician would clear him for contact.Smith opened camp on the bodily unable to carry out checklist, though his private medical doctors had cleared him to return. One of these medical doctors, Robin West, serves as Washington’s head orthopedist.Slowly, their minds modified. Smith stayed on the PUP checklist till Aug. 16 as he was exhibiting coaches that he was now not injured and easily wanted to check himself on the sphere. Still, there have been sources near him on the time who additionally questioned if Smith would be capable to play — or to what stage. His harm left him with drop foot, which trigger his foot to tug at occasions. It additionally required particular orthotics in his cleats.Washington regularly had him do extra in practices, however didn’t put him in 11-on-11 full-padded exercises till late in coaching camp — after he pressed the coaches to present him an opportunity.”I felt like I nonetheless hadn’t had my honest shake at that time,” Smith informed GQ. “I needed to see if I might play quarterback and play soccer, and I really feel like I hadn’t been given that chance but to search out that out. It’s like getting this near the top line of a marathon and so they’re telling you that you would be able to’t end the race. It’s like, f— that. I’m ending this factor. At least I’m going to see if I can. So, I’m grateful we labored by way of all that stuff however no, it wasn’t like open arms coming again after two years.”Smith was the No. 3 quarterback for the primary 4 video games however was elevated to No. 2 when Rivera benched Dwayne Haskins. Smith returned to the sphere after Kyle Allen suffered a concussion towards the Los Angeles Rams and was sacked six occasions. Allen suffered a season-ending ankle harm three weeks later towards the New York Giants, forcing Smith into the beginning lineup the subsequent week towards the Detroit Lions.Washington went 5-1 in video games began by Smith. His stats have been modest — he threw 5 touchdowns to 5 interceptions as a starter. It was six and eight, respectively, general. But his affect was evident to a younger group in want of on-field steerage. Smith was a close to unanimous choose because the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.Smith suffered a bone bruise on Dec. 13 and performed just one extra recreation, a division-title clinching win over Philadelphia within the regular-season finale. He lobbied exhausting to play within the wild-card playoff recreation towards Tampa Bay, however Rivera opted for Taylor Heinicke, fearing that Smith’s lack of mobility with the lingering leg subject would lead to issues vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ protection.Whatever the coaches felt about Smith in August, their ideas developed because the season unfolded.”When you see what Alex has gone by way of and simply his want and drive to get again and the enjoyment and thrill he will get from enjoying, it has been very inspirational for me to look at him,” Rivera mentioned in December.He additionally praised Smith’s management.”There’s an intangible that some guys have and possess,” Rivera mentioned. “Alex has it. Can or not it’s changed? Well, you are going to should discover a man that has those self same forms of intangibles. Those guys are particular. They solely come round each on occasion.”