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Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: December 15, 2010 5:24 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Washington Redskins hit an (arguable) low point when a botched extra point cost them a shot at overtime with the Buccaneers on Sunday. The answer to that, clearly, was an organizational facelift cutting punter Hunter Smith, who missed the hold on the play.

It was kind of a dumb move, frankly, because Smith shouldn't be holding the ball on kicks anyway -- that job should go to Rex Grossman. Since, you know, having a backup serve as something more than "rumor machine for Donovan McNabb" is generally a good idea. But Smith was holding and he botched the hold and now he's out of a job.

As he told SportsTalk (via Mike Jones at TBD), his release probably involved Mike Shanahan trying to send a message to his players and it' probably "political."

"I think after you play in the NFL long enough, you realize it's a very political institution," Smith says. "I don't write it off to politics, but someone does have to pay the price in because we would win, or possibly tie the game if I catch the ball."

Smith also wondered if he was a "scapegoat" for the Redskins loss, which certainly seems to be the case in this situation.

"In the NFL, there are a couple of different types of teams out there," Smith said. "There are some teams that display undying loyalty to their coaches and players, and other teams that tend to want to make a statement during a time of tragedy that's going on by making an example of somebody and partially blame them for the loss. I'm not saying the Redskins are like that, but I think in this sense, it does come down to that."

It's pretty obvious that it comes down to that -- the Redskins are losing, losing bad and no one in the D.C. area really cares for them right now.

Unfortunately for Shanahan and the current regime, simply putting a punter out on the street isn't going to do enough to cover up all the other problems with the organization right now. In fact, one could argue it simply accentuates the issues.


UPDATE: On Wednesday, Mike Shanahan’s said Smith’s release had nothing to do with the botched PAT.

“I told Hunter, I said I admired the way he stepped up and blamed it on himself,” Shanahan said, according to the team’s website. “I said it was a combination of the snap and the hold, but Hunter's the type of guy that took full responsibility for it. 'For that,' I said, 'I was gonna keep you just for the way you handled yourself.’”

So why, then, was Smith dismissed?

"Over the last twenty punts I think he's had two that we'd consider the hangtime that we want," Shanahan said, "so that's why we'd make the change. It had nothing to do with the hold."


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:34 pm
 

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Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

I agree with you on this.  Shanahan had become a joke his last few years in Denver.  And his handling of the mess that has become the Washington Redskins should be the reason that they let him go.  Citing the poor hangtime on all but 2 of the last 20 punts as the reason for the releasing of the punter at this time shows how much of a weasel Shanahan is. 



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:57 am
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

Take a look at the quote from Mike Shannahan below:
"Over the last twenty punts I think he's had two that we'd consider the hangtime that we want," Shanahan said, "so that's why we'd make the change. It had nothing to do with the hold."

As a coach....It's a bit strange that you are cutting this punter at this point in the season.  I guess the fact that we botched the hold on a bad snap was just a strange coincidence.  The quote is bunch of BULL.  I lose a little respect from Mike Shannahan if that's the "politition" he really is.

That team needs to "cut" a lot of players for "lack of production".  This is the reason they will not do anything down there in Washington.  That's a strange coincidence....things not getting done in Washington....haha



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:39 am
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

how exactly would one motivate a human such as haynesworth(less)? they haven't tried preying to him in a whole team genuflection pre-game yet. anybody else got ideas?



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:01 am
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

Albert Haynesworth will never be motivated by anything except the number of 0's on his checks.  As for the skin's cutting their punter, I don't mind it.  If anything, it introduces the idea that if you aren't going to do a proper job at the end of a season in a losing year, you will lose your job.  The skin's weren't going to make the playoffs.  In fact, at the beginning of the year I was hoping for 8-8.  Average punters are a dime-a-dozen.  Make a statement and at least try to get some of these over-aged, over-paid players to put some effort out on the field and in practice.

The skins were not a 1-year fix, and I'm still proud to root for them.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 7:30 am
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

Whatever Shanahan the way you handled Hanesnworth, the way you pulled McNabb with two minutes left and now this.  Used to like Shanahan in Denver not anymore.  To me as a coach you learn to use the tools you have Hanesworth can be a beast.  You didn't know how to motivate him.  I feel sorry for the Skins fans once a proud orgainization.... 



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:57 am
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

Well said. 
Can someone please forward this post to the Redskins front office because obviously they are not watching the same games that the fans are.



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 11:57 pm
 

Hunter Smith cut for 'political' reasons?

SHANAHANS A PUNK AND ALL WILL SEE HOW HE FAILS IN WASHINGHTON........................

.........PUNK


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