By Dom Morrissey
The Washington Football Team was planning to stage a generic competition between Dwayne Haskins (its 2019 first-round pick, abandoned by the outgoing regime) and Kyle Allen (a security-blanket backup brought aboard by the incoming regime).
Their plans shifted when Alex Smith was cleared to return to the field, 22 months after a devastating 2018 leg injury followed by severe complications and months of surgeries and setbacks.
Smith’s return is nearly miraculous, so only a coldhearted scoundrel would point out that the rebuilding Football Team would be better off with one of the youngsters than a battered 36-year-old like Smith.
Whether as a starter or a mentor, Smith will provide leadership, inspiration and a feel-good story for a franchise that would otherwise be little more than the sports equivalent of the empty pedestal where an offensive statue used to stand.