Joe Theismann says Ryan Fitzpatrick is 'very similar' to Alex Smith in locker room

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Theismann: Ryan Fitzpatrick is 'very similar' to Alex Smith originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Entering his 17th NFL season with a ninth different team, there are few in, out and around the league who don't know who Ryan Fitzpatrick is. 

For Washington fans, they should probably have a good idea of the kind of football player their favorite team reportedly acquired on a one-year, $10 million contract. But what about Fitzpatrick the person? 

Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann joined Julie Donaldson on Washington Football Today to discuss what the team is getting in their newest field general. 

"Before you think about the quarterback, you want to think about the person you're adding to the quarterback room,' Theismann said. "I think you're going to get a person very similar to what you had in Alex Smith at a much [reduced] rate."

Theismann has had the opportunity to get to know Fitzpatrick on a personal level thanks to a long round of golf at Lake Tahoe. His takeaway was pretty simple. 

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"He can run hot and cold, we all know that and it's unbelievable, but I had the chance a few years back to play some golf with him, so you really get to know someone when you spend four or five hours walking around with him. I love the individual, I love the character of the individual, his passion to win."

Hot and cold may be an understatement, as Fitzpatrick has consistently had games where he throws for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, but then turn around and throw four to five interceptions one week later. 

But that didn't seem to be a major issue for Theismann, especially when you can count on Fitzpatrick to give you just about everything else it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He even went on to say that the Dolphins made a mistake putting Tua Tagovailoa in over him after seven games. 

Fitzpatrick had the Dolphins at 4-3 when he was pulled, and while Tagovailoa finished the season 6-3 and nearly had Miami in the playoffs, Theismann would have done things differently. 

"Fitzpatrick has always been something special," Theismann said. "He always brings energy into a room, he always brings energy onto the field. Miami I think made a mistake last year when they took him out and put in Tua at the time they did because they were on a roll and he was on a roll." 

Julie Donaldson's full interview with Joe Theismann will air on Washington Football Today at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington