How does he not have better numbers
Rk Player Team Pos Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Lng TD 20+ 40+ 1st 1st% FUM
Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR 96 1,431 14.9 89.4 78T 12 20 5 66 68.8 1
Steve Smith CAR WR 78 1,421 18.2 101.5 65T 6 23 6 59 75.6 1
Looks loke more yards twice the td same amount of fumbles. mind you we have another pro bowl wide out stealing someof his numberson the other side named Boldin. You may have heard of him
Fitzgerald is on a pass-happy team and played a full season. Smith is on a run-happy team and was suspened for 2 games and yet he pretty much equaled Fitgerald in total yards with 2 less games and a lot less receptions.
Also as far as touchdowns go, I have had a pet peeve with this all season.
Steve is showing that he CAN indeed keep his temper in check, because in all honesty, almost HALF of D'Will's touchdowns are chip shots thanks to Smith getting us all the way down the field in the red zone, with Williams punching it in for the go ahead TD.
I honestly lost track of how many times after a big play from Steve, we are in the red zone and we hand the ball to Williams for the touchdown, when if we had some more balls and faith in Delhomme, we should at least given Steve the opportunity on one of the downs for the TD.
Seriously, Steve has kind of been sacrificed in that respect and it's thanks to him that Williams numbers look so good. But let's be honest, THEY were not all EARNED by Williams. Steve had just as much to do with his TD's as did Williams.
In short Smith has been short-changed this season, and it seems he's been pretty good about it. Had it been someone like TO, you wouldn't hear the end of it.
So in reality, had you actually watched every Panthers game this season, you would know that unofficially Smith could have EASILY had something like 18TD by now. Unfortunatelly for him he will have to wait until we either have more faith in Delhomme next year, or get another QB, which probably won't happen until Smith is past his prime.
PS: Don't get me wrong Panther Fans, I love Delhomme, I just wonder sometimes what Steve's numbers would have been like had we had an Elite QB like Manning or Brady, or had he himself been on a team like the Pats or Colts. His career numbers would have no doubt been a lot more impressive.
Edited by PantherFanForLife, 05 January 2009 - 02:53 AM.