64 receptions, 745 yards, 4 touchdowns, 11.3 yards/reception, 6 drops, 35 years old making $7MM+ this next season.
49 receptions, 627 yards, 5 touchdowns, 12.8 yards/reception, 6 drops, 27 years old making likely $1MM+ this next season.
One of these receivers is Steve Smith, the other is Brandon LaFell. One is a player that 99% of the people here don't ever want on this team again. The other is a player that 80% are ready to turn in their panthers fan card, burn b of a down, and kill the new front office for letting him go.
This is what emotions do to your football team people, and why it is imperative for the GM to get passed those emotions and make tough decisions. I love Steve Smith. But JR hired Gettleman to do a job and y'all kept bitching and bitching that he was just another yes man. You think it was easy for Gettleman to walk into JR's office and put this idea on the table? I'd be nervous that's for sure. Obviously JR has given him the authority needed to make some tough calls in order to get this team where it needs to go, which is at least a step in the right direction.
Damn, I know Montsta, I know...
You are absolutely right man... I know...
This is the right move for the Panthers. They almost have to do it for financial reasons, if Smitty isn't willing to take a pay cut.
I also wondered last season why Cam didn't seem like the leader he was at Auburn. He didn't seem as clutch or as confident as a Panther.
You know why... he was the unquestionable leader of that team in Auburn. I'm guessing the same at Blinn. When you're the man, you play like it. You speak like it. You prepare like it, and you push others to do the same. You schedule personal workouts in the offseason with your WR corps, and no one declines. You announce team building sessions at the local watering hole during the bye week. You buy your OL expensive watches and they love you for it. You own the team. I don't think he could have been that guy with Smitty around. I get it...
it is done fellas... no choice but to look ahead. many of you don't handle a breakup well i see. nevertheless, whatever it takes to win. I don't expect us to exactly pickup where we left off, but if you think this year's cuts are big next year will be bigger in reference to "attachment" players. The RBs are next year.
These RBs can in no way be compared to Smitty.
Not even in the same ball park, neighborhood, town, county or state.
Give me something to make this move feel less heartbreaking and crappy. Give me just one thing. There is no one left on this roster to improve our offensive output, no one to even keep it at the same mediocre level as it was before. I hope they tell us more than "the answer is already on the team" bs.
And that is the million dollar question...
Who will take his place? Who can take his place? I think in the long run, this was the right move. But, not in a vacuum. There has to be a follow up move to make it effective.