You are looking at it as an isolated incident. It's a series of events.
Steve Smith needs to make a decision whether he thinks he does or not.
1. Acknowledge that he is on a rebuilding team that is not anywhere close to a Super Bowl and step up a become a real leader; or,
2. Request a trade and leave.
What he shouldn't do is what he's doing now. Whether he intends to or not he's done everything wrong with a rookie quarterback. Yelling at him on the sidelines? Expecting him to thread the needle into double coverage so he can get his looks? Sitting out practices with one problem after another? Doing zero publicly to aknowlege Jimmy as an integral part of the offense (see Jordan Gross)?
Did anyone notice that since Randy Moss' recent comments he's playing himself out of the offense? Guess how many passes he caught from Brady last night on MNF? Zero. None. Zilch. The Pats won 41-14.
I just decided, I hope that Jimmy did throw that pass in the "dirt". The Panther's need someone concerned with this young team to lead it.
Smith is handling this just fine.IMO..you cant blame him for being frustrated we have been searching for a #2 for a long time and Smith goes 100% every play..
This entire situation is overblown