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With quarterback Kirk Cousins on his way out the door Tashaun Gipson Jersey , Washington traded with the Chiefs for quarterback Alex Smith. And coach Jay Gruden knows that Smith will need to hit the ground sprinting.

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Then came the mandate for the team’s new quarterback.

“One thing about Alex, he is the smartest guy I have ever been around, without a doubt, and he is in great shape,” Smith said. “He can move around and he can handle a lot of different things. We are not in here to build the team around him, the team is built and he has to lead it like right now. This isn鈥檛 a two- or three-year process. This is a one-year process and we have got to win right away.鈥?/p>

Smith has the skill to do it, but does he have the talent around him? That remains to be seen, and the problem is that, if the team doesn’t win Josh Gordon Jersey , Gruden (whether he means to or not) is positioning Smith to take the bulk of the blame for it.

Gruden still believes Smith can do it. Because Gruden thinks Smith has the confidence to do it.

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Again, if that doesn’t happen, the blame won’t fall to the subpar players around him or to the people who gathered the players or those who coach them. It’s all on Alex Smith, according to the guy who has far less job security (frankly) than Smith enjoys.

It's been several years since Jason Garrett's future as coach of the Dallas Cowboys was a hot topic waiting for owner Jerry Jones at the start of training camp.

Jones doesn't seem too caught up in the issue now despite the Cowboys missing the playoffs for the fifth time in Garrett's seven full seasons last year.

The outspoken billionaire started with a flat "no" when asked if this was a playoffs-or-bust season for one of the backup quarterbacks from the Cowboys' Super Bowl-winning era of the 1990s.

"That's the best answer I can give," Jones said in his annual pre-camp news conference the day before Thursday's first practice. "And the fairest."

Among the 11 current NFL coaches with at least seven years of experience Todd Gurley Jersey , Garrett has the fewest playoff appearances with two. The only coach with fewer than Garrett's one postseason win is Marvin Lewis, who is 0-7 in the playoffs in 15 years with Cincinnati.

Seven of the 10 besides Garrett have won at least one Super Bowl, and two others (Kansas City's Andy Reid when he was in Philadelphia and Carolina's Ron Rivera) have reached the title game. None of those numbers faze the leadership of the Cowboys.

"I think you can always pull up stats on a lot of different things," executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. "We're just big believers that, one, we really like Jason and what he's all about as a leader and as a coach. We've had some really good football teams that he's led."

Garrett's seat was the hottest going into 2014, when Dallas won the NFC East at 12-4 and just the franchise's second playoff game since the last of five Super Bowl titles during the 1995 season.

Before that, the Cowboys finished 8-8 with season-ending losses that kept them out of the postseason in each of the first three full seasons under Garrett. He coached half the 2010 season after Wade Phillips was fired with Dallas at 1-7.

The Cowboys went first to worst at 4-12 in 2015 in large part because of quarterback Tony Romo's twice-broken collarbone.

Then they were the top seed in the NFC a year later despite another Romo injury when Dak Prescott set an NFL rookie record for passer rating and fellow first-year sensation Ezekiel Elliott led the league in rushing.

There was another extenuating circumstance when Dallas missed the playoffs last year: Elliott's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations halfway through the season. The issue hung over the team all season.

"I think it's as logical as watching my step as I walk off this stage that Jason is better and the right man for this job, even though he didn't get coach of the year last year," Jerry Jones said. "We see better than anybody in the world Malik Jefferson Jersey , Jason. Consequently, I'm excited about him being our head coach."

Garrett has steadfastly deflected talk about his job security with his "control what you can control" mantra. That's what he did as the last of three straight 8-8 seasons was ending in 2013, and again the next summer.

Then he had a season that earned him a five-year contract, and virtually guaranteed that Garrett would outlast all of Jones' previous hires, including Bill Parcells. Garrett has two years left on that deal.

"I would think that every aspect of what my responsibilities are as head coach, hopefully I've gotten better at those things," Garrett said. "Everyone of us is a work in progress. I put myself at the top of the list as a person, as a coach, in every aspect of my life."

Garrett is now second in tenure to Tom Landry, the franchise's only coach for its first 29 years before Jones bought the Cowboys and hired Jimmy Johnson Mike Singletary Jersey , a two-time Super Bowl winner.

The 52-year-old Garrett is also second to Landry's 250 regular-season wins with 67. But his .558 winning percentage (67-53) trails Landry, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey and Phillips.

After missing the playoffs at 9-7 last season, the Cowboys changed much of the coaching staff under Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. But Jones hasn't indicated that means the next overhaul starts at the top.

"If I may be so bold, I'd say he's a lot better coach today than he was last year or the year before that or the year before that," Jones said in response to the opening question, which didn't have a specific reference to Garrett. "That's the way it works when you are driven and motivated."

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