Alex Smith and Deshaun Watson are equals…
Alex Smith missed 706 days, had 17 surgeries, nearly had his leg amputated, and in his first game back still outperformed Watson with a stat line of 9-17, with 37 yards and a rating of 52.94. And he had only been back on the practice field for three weeks before that game.
He and Watson missed the same amount of time and put up similar numbers but only one of them nearly lost a leg while he was in between starts. So unless Watson was dealing with a significant injury like that, it’s fair to say he doesn’t get the pass Smith got.
There is no excuse for Watson’s play anymore. All of those men overcame horrific injuries, while Watson’s biggest obstacle in 2022 was traveling to the Bahamas (and settling with the women he abused).
It boggles the mind that a man with a personal coach, Quincy Avery, who claims he worked with Watson during his suspension, would need more than a few weeks of practice to be ready when all of those icons came out of the box ready to throw.
None of this is to say that Watson can’t play well, it’s simply the argument ender for any excuses he has going forward. He is a $40 million quarterback and has to play like it. There are no more excuses.