Insightful Smitty Article on Yahoo Sports
Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:30 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:52 PM
it's not surprising but it still hit me a little hard.
As the Panthers, owners of the NFL's lowest-rated passing offense, sputtered through a lifeless, 2-14 campaign, opposing players offered Smith condolences and made outright overtures for his services.
"I had guys telling me, 'Hey, come over to my team, we could use you over here,' " Smith recalled Tuesday from Wofford College, the Panthers' training camp home. "This was during games."
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:06 PM
fox leaving was almost as good a thing for the panthers as drafting newton. i'm more sure of that now than ever.
one of the coolest part of the article was this:
that's one of the things that makes him one of the best in the league.
"In practice, there are no easy catches with Steve," Rivera says. "On the balls that you'd think would be right to him, he'll spin, or fall away from the ball and try to catch it back behind his body, or take a different angle and lunge at it. It took awhile, but I finally figured it out and told him, 'I'm onto you – you don't make the easy catch in practice; you're trying to make the hard catch.' I'm telling you, some of the catches in practice would make ESPN's Top 10."
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:41 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:55 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:59 PM
That being said, not going to blame it all on Fox. The entire operation was out of whack, and everybody from Richardson on down contributed to the dysfunction.
Still, Fox leaving was so overdue and it's a shame it leaves a stain on his entire tenure. The first four years here were fantastic
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