QB Alex Smith: "A Ton Of Opportunities But We Needed To Be Better"

Quarterback Alex Smith spoke to the media following the 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at FedExField.

On the team chemistry:

"In the first half, I think a lot of things, certainly chemistry, rhythm; I didnt think we had any of that. I didnt think we were great on first or second downs. We gave ourselves some tough third downs in the first half, and then we didnt convert so it was tough. Towards the end of the second half, I thought we finally did get in a rhythm but situationally even though we did put some drives together, but we stalled out, we stalled in the red zone. I think those are the two big things looking at it. Third down, red zone, its one of those days when youre looking at a ton of opportunities but we needed to be better down there."

On if Indianapolis Colts pressure or run defense was the factor in slowing down the Redskins offense:

"Yeah probably, I think they both played into it. I thought both had timely pressure by them on third downs that cost us on conversions certainly had a lot of penetrations at times with the run game as well. I think that played into it a lot, especially in the first half."

On incorporating outside receivers and handling the switch:

"I thought the guys did a great job in staying with it when we were making adjustments. Its easy to get frustrated there. I think guys did stick with it that were able to get some things there in the second half and then move the ball a little bit. They made it apparent they were not going to give up the big play the way they were playing. I think making a smart and sustained drive, and it seemed like every time we got one going and got some rhythm going, something would happen. Its easy to talk about right know but in hind sight, I wish we had some something different. Theres going to be a lot to look at and be better from."

On the lack of attempts downfield:

"I mean, I think that was the deal, they were playing pretty soft and werent going to give up big plays, make you check it down, they were going to rally and tackle, be disruptive up front and I think they did a great job with all of those things.

On consistency:

"I mean thats most of the NFL to be honest with you. I feel like it's really hard every single week and thats the challenge, a great challenge every week. We had a chance here for the home opener and do that and we didnt get it done. At the same time, I think we can use this constructively, build off it and find ways to get better and improve so we are more consistent."

On chemistry:

"I think today is a good example of that and that we didnt find it. I guess that speaks to what Jay [Gruden] called chemistry, I guess. Im saying rhythm, finding what that is. The great thing is we have a lot of weapons. We have a lot of tools and we can find something no matter what. And it took a while tonight to get to it and Im sure we will be looking at film and more will come up that we wish we had gotten to or wish we couldve done differently. Thats kind of the nature of it."

On handling the blitz:

"I guess some great timing or unlucky timing for us and great timing by them. Its hard to say on all of those. Well look at it."