Smackin' with Smoot

Fred Smoot did more than just talk as a rookie. He backed up his words, establishing himself as one of last season's top newcomers to the NFL. This year he plans to do more. And listen to this from Smoot: ''I'm Showtime. It's all about the Show. You've got your Prime and you've got your Show. And I'm the Show. Everyone keeps their eye on the Show.''

Q: How much better are you now?

A: I'm a lot better because I'm a lot smarter. I came in a wide-eyed rookie last year going on my talent and what Darrell Green and Champ Bailey taught me. I'm doing a lot of thinking for myself and things look very easy out there now.

Q: But didn't you think you did all right last year?

A: Yeah, I did all right. But wait 'til the world gets a load of me this year. I'll be a whole different guy this year. I'll be eating pineapples after the year is over with.

Q: What do you notice you can do now that you couldn't last year?

A: I can call plays before they happen. I look at a formation, break it down and eliminate a lot of routes which eliminates a lot of stress. Once you know what they're doing and what they're tyring to do to you, you can make plays.

Q: Receivers love Spurrier's offense. Do cornerbacks?

A: I love it because there are more chances for me to make plays. I hate to get teams that love to run, run, run and my body is hurting after the game. There are no interceptions or breakups or no chance to get a little light on me.

Q: How much more do you want you personality to show this season?

A: That's a big part of my game, to be that outgoing of a person and going into a leadership role. With the help of me and the media, I can get to the point I want to.

Q: Deion was Prime Time. What are you?

A: I'm Showtime. It's all about the Show. You've got your Prime and you've got your Show. And I'm the Show. Everyone keeps their eye on the Show.

Q: What do you think of facing this offense every day?

A: Practicing against an offense like this will get us ready for an offense like the Rams. We'll be used to that type of offense.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers (www.jrnl.com).


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