You do realize this year our offensive philosophy changed right? we went from being a verticle passing offense to a run first, ball control offense coached by Mike Shula. I argue that Smith's decline in production this year is because of the offensive system he played in. Smitty still has big play potential, but he can't do it alone anymore. He needs help. If you think Eric Decker is going to come in here and be a #1 receiver you are seriously mistaken. He was the 4th best option on his team led by the greatest QB this game has ever seen. They had 4 receivers over a thousand yards. Decker is good, but he is not a number one. He is a role player. Nicks just can't stay healthy but Nicks is the better receiver out of the two. If I had to pick one it would be Nicks. Then draft a receiver in the 1st or 2nd, resign Ginn and keep Smitty. Hopefully Smitty will restructure.
Cause it's not like he was putting up big numbers in a run first, ball control offense at any other point in his career. That argument is not a strong one.
Steve Smith's value right now is not as a number 1 wide receiver. He will serve himself and the Panthers best when he's in the slot where he can abuse NBs and safetys with his superior route running. He's not going to make a ton of guys miss anymore. He's not going to burn DBs. He's a savvy, fiery vet, a great route runner with good hands, and that's the role he needs to play.
I was a college athlete (shot put, discus, hammer on track and field team) and was always in decent shape. When I quit competing there was no need for me to carry around the extra weight.
I switched to a ketogenic diet last March and have lost over 60 pounds. It was difficult at first and keto flu was a BITCH, but now it's something I don't even think about. For me it's been a lifestyle change, which I think is a huge mental barrier I had to overcome. I've successfully lost 15-20 pounds in the past but it never stayed off because I was "dieting," which I viewed as a short term endeavor instead of a longer term project. My success this time around is most definitely attributable to changing the way I think about food and embracing my new lifestyle.
And in drop percentage he still ranks behind Brandon Marshall, Wes Welker, Cecil Shorts, Stevie Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Brian Hartline, and Vincent Jackson. Not exactly terrible receivers there.
And to your YPC argument... it doesn't matter. We weren't sending him on 20+ yard post routes so he didn't have that many opportunities to get a ton of yards. His YPC was lower in 2007, when he had to take a similar approach. For that matter, his YPC was virtually identical to Larry Fitzgerald. Are we going to argue he's washed up too? I know for a fact a few people here would gladly swap for him. A better stat to look at would be first downs and first down percentage - Steve got us 44 first downs on 64 catches, meaning he got a first down on 68.8% of his catches. That is pretty good compared to most other #1 receivers. Additionally, he didn't have a single fumble this year and was instrumental in the run blocking game.
Do you know the difference between YPC and YAC? I didn't mention YPC at all, so I don't know what "argument" you're referring to.
fast? I didn't say fast.So spare the hysterionics.
There was nothing histrionic about my post. But ok, quick. He's certainly not as quick as ever.
Edit: I'd also like to point out the irony of you believing explosiveness is a subjective/not real (as if the two are related?) thing, but were too caught up in the distinction between fast and quick to give a proper response.