To be blunt that's why Smith isn't here and Jericho and Avant are. Love 89 but we never developed a #2 under him. That may be Hurney's piss poor drafting of WRs but gut tells me its not. Smith might be a good field general and mean well but I don't think his approach to being a mentor was the best and the main reason he isn't on this team.
I think Voth hinted at that a few times leading up to him being cut. Then of course you look at the guys G-spot brought in. 2 guys known to be great teammates and loved in their locker rooms that are more than eager to teach the rookies and give POSITIVE reinforcement.
Like I said Love Smitty but I'd rather have Jericho here and his 10 Red Zone TDs teaching and building up the Rook for doing the right things than Smith tearing him down for doing the wrong.
Not often remembered; Smith also threw gas on the flame on Cam Newton (suggestion box press conference), by speaking to Brett Jensen of WFNZ when the "controversy" was basically over, and therefore giving the media carte blance to take the story into overdrive.
After this, I even remember Stephen A Smith and Skip, breathlessly stating how they "were worried about Cam in life"; "Cam better get his life together", and strongly mentioned how the the likes of Kaepernick, RG3 and Wilson had "left Cam behind (do they not understand the responsibilities placed on each QB, and the talent, coaching around them at the time, and the fact Cam never got in trouble since Auburn)". It became a feeding frenzy after Smith's comments.
At the time, I felt it was out of place on Smith's part, but few noticed or cared at the time. It was just too easy to believe the media, and Cam stereotypes.
Ironically, not to far after, Smith himself had done exactly the same thing he had reprimanded Cam for in the media.
Of course he had apologized about what he said about Newton to Jensen. However, by that point, the damage was already done (and continues by some in the media).
Let's face it; Smith can be very immature; a bully, and a me guy! Great receiver, competitor and Panther. No doubt. But you can't look over the other stuff as well, as if it didn't exist.