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Does Andre Reed getting into the Hall of Fame help Steve Smith's case?

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I ask this because looking at Reed's numbers, they really aren't that great. He averaged 59 catches, 825 yards and 5 touchdowns over a 16-year career on one of the best offenses in the league. To compare, Steve Smith averages 64 catches, 938 yards and 5 touchdowns over a 13-year career, despite having basically two seasons (2001, 2004) wasted and playing on a team that threw the ball less than pretty much every other team.

Even if we take out the two injury years for Smith and one injury year for Reed (1995), we get Reed at 61 catches, 859 yards and 6 touchdowns in an average seasons while Smith averages 75 catches, 1,089 yards and 6 touchdowns per season... and that still doesn't account for his two years as a returner, when he ranked among the best in the league in that group. With that included Smith has 16,607 total yards and 73 total touchdowns.

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Reed played in a day when receivers weren't putting up the numbers that receivers are these days.  I am afraid that's what a lot of voters will look at.

 

I agree Smith deserves to be in the Hall--if the voters use a combination of numbers, the teams/quarterbacks he played with, and the eyeball test, he's in.

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Reed played in a day when receivers weren't putting up the numbers that receivers are these days.  I am afraid that's what a lot of voters will look at.

 

I agree Smith deserves to be in the Hall--if the voters use a combination of numbers, the teams/quarterbacks he played with, and the eyeball test, he's in.

 

True, but was he ever really the best receiver in the game? He only had 4 1,000 yard seasons over 16 years. Steve has 7 over 13 seasons (and only 11 as a starting receiver). More importantly, he had Jim Kelly throwing the ball to him during his prime. Steve Smith got Jake Delhomme.

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True, but was he ever really the best receiver in the game? He only had 4 1,000 yard seasons over 16 years. Steve has 7 over 13 seasons (and only 11 as a starting receiver). More importantly, he had Jim Kelly throwing the ball to him during his prime. Steve Smith got Jake Delhomme.

You must've joined the Panthers wagon in '11.

Smith was the best player in the NFL in '05.

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You must've joined the Panthers wagon in '11.

Smith was the best player in the NFL in '05.

I think you misinterpreted what he was saying. Might want to re-read it, he was complimentary of steve.

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You must've joined the Panthers wagon in '11.

Smith was the best player in the NFL in '05.

 

That's funny. Maybe you should reread? I fugging start a topic on how Steve Smith should get in based on Andre Reed's precedent and you think I'm dissing him?

Steve Smith was far and away the best player in the game in 2005, as I implied in my post by noting Reed never was. Andre Reed was never the best in the game and never got over 1,320 yards for that matter.

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I can see Smith having a huge year next year if we get another WR (or 2) to open up the field more. I'm talking like 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns. He definitely deserves HoF and a Super Bowl ring. I hope he comes back to coach after he retires too, but I could see him playing another 3-4 years. (not at an elite level of course)

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Having Jake throw Smitty the ball was probably the best thing that could have happened to Smiths numbers. Think Manning Brady Rodgers Brees - they spread the ball around like crazy. I would compare Jake and Smith to Stafford and Megatron. Whenever Stafford is in trouble throw it up to Johnson. 

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Yes, but more significantly is the commitment to clearing out the voting committee has taken to sort out the jam at the position the last couple years. Steve could very realistically top Reed.

Keep pounding 89 and you could vey well get what you should.

And get rid of the media as the determiners of this kind of thing, today's media isn't qualified to make these kind of decisions

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There wasn't nearly as much of a logjam at the WR position in Andre Reed, Michael Irvin, and Jerry Rice's day in terms of who is an elite receiver and who isn't. Today's passing league has made it very hard to determine and every team wants to argue for their 2000's receiver.

 

Smitty means a lot to us as fans, but as other people have said in past threads, if Smitty was to get in to the Hall without a ring then there's a lot of other guys that would have a case just as good as his. I don't know whether the Hall wants to open up the receiver position wide enough to allow so many in. In the past, WR HOF'ers have been a pretty tough group to join. Smith needs a ring or two to solidify his argument.

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I think being 5'9 helps Smitty case more than anything.

 

For him to put up the stats that he had, they way he dominated his competition in his prime

 

and as an above poster he was the best wr in the game in 05

 

all at 5'9

 

 

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