I find it very odd that you are taking this sort of stance onthe issue. You of all people have been an avid fan if his for years, and yet here you are agreeing with why he's not here? I know it's probably not popular to challenge the one who runs this site, but I would have expected a bit more loyalty from someone of your stature.
I get the fact that he's gone, and it's best to just agree with the front office's devision to can him, but c'mon man. Do you really disagree with the way it was handled? He was indeed thrown out like trash. To me, after all he's sacrificed to be here with Jimmy Clausen as his QB for heavens sakes, he earned more than what he got in the end.
Id be interested in your response, if you'd be so kind to let us all in your mind. Keep in mind when you answer, that not even one player has come out in support if this move, and Ron Rivera has spoken out indirectly as to how this was handled. None the less, as the Panthers' camera man, I'd love for you to provide reasons for your opinion, other than the vanilla crap you just tried to feed us.
Yes, I believe his demeanor was why he was released. Yes, Smitty was encouraged to change it last year. Hell, Smitty was probably encouraged to change it every year. But this season two new factors came in to play. Gettleman and Smith's decline in production. Throw those two new ingredients into the mix and the result was different this season.
Whispers of his release had been around months before in the media room. Kelli Bartick even asked about it back in January at a presser. Everyone dismissed it but she was on to something.
This is not to say I agree with his release. I am going to take a wait and see approach on that front.
I definitely think his release was handled poorly and Steve deserved much better.
Steve is probably my favorite Panther of all time. But for him to act like he didn't know anything of this was happening is a bit disingenuous. He may have misjudged his importance and untouchability (as did i) but that's on him.
I still don't see why this stance is outrageous or causes such backlash.
Also, ever wonder why I don't say more of what I hear? Well, go back and read. Any time I do its "prove this, prove that, bs" nonsense. Come spend a week with me on the field, in the media room, in the pressers. Have weekly communications with the pr guys and other behind the scenes types. You just hear things. Just like you would at any company water cooler.
I had a coffee with Voth this week and some of the things he said matched up perfectly with what I heard last season. So, this is the conclusion I have settled on. Believe it, or don't.