OMG sound the alarm. I comment was that wasn't only blind homerism.
Here is an example of reality for you to ponder. Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith. I picked Reggie only b/c he is Smith's exact age....and one of many WRs someone else brought up.
Reggie Wayne - 3 career games against Tampa
Steve Smith - 20 career games against Tampa
But I would imagine any CBs that consistantly got a taste around the 2005 era version of Smith would have said the same. But the above matters....not when talking about Steve but simply when players talk about others in general.
I'm not trying to call you out but I'm just wondering if you've ever played sports? High School, anything.
The more you play against someone the better you learn their tendencies. The fact that Ronde still claims Smith is the hardest person he has faced is amazing. He had tape on people but the fact he had 20 career games against Ronde, further proves that Smith is one badass mofo.