It is really funny to me that people don't mention the salary cap that he inherited and is STILL fighting when they bad mouth him. It is as if he can summon players from the clouds like Jennifer Lawrence nudies.
i can buy the hardy thing at least. that $13 million would be nice to have.
but there was literally not a single person on this site who, back when he was originally tagged, said "this is a bad idea because he's going to be convicted of misdemeanor assault on a female and something unrelated happening to another player will cause a PR crisis for the NFL and he'll be suspended to contain the fallout!"
of course there were people who endorsed letting him walk into free agency for a variety of reasons, so i'm not going to sell them short. however what he brings to the table as a dominant pass rusher + shitwrecking DE against the run is so sorely and obviously missed now that i think we'd be losing 31-38 and we'd still be screwed if we had landed anthony collins, drafted allen robinson in the second, and brought in henderson or hurst as UDFAs/late round picks.
there was a sideline pass to cotchery (i think) early in the game that was on a rope into an extremely tight window. like it would have been an impressive throw for an aaron rodgers or drew brees to make.
On this same line here... a guy I work with who is a Steelers fan here in Wilmington was at BWW's watching the Steelers game and he said there was a group of Panthers fans cheering every time Smitty made a play and especially the TDs.
This team isn't the Carolina Steve Smith's... I liked Smitty when he played here, but I am a Panthers fan.
you could see panthers fans in 89 jerseys in the seats clapping and cheering when he scored his touchdowns
the fans who post on this site are of a different breed and sometimes i sort of forget that. like i knew panthers fans who were puzzled as to why i was rooting for the colts in super bowl XLIV. some people are more fans of individual players than they are of the team in general and don't "get" rivalries and that kind of thing.