You will never convince me that JR didn't get him fired. Watch the pie chart presser again and see what he says to Gantt. JR is not a fan of the press. Exit DGantt, enter Joe Person, a writer too dumb to state anything more than what everyone already knows.
From my perspective, WR is a position where people tend to gravitate toward the flashy players with speed opposed to the duller players who have refined the finer, technical aspects of the game. As in baseball, everyone likes the home run hitter opposed to the singles hitter, even though the home run hitter strikes out twice as much. In other words, how many 4.3 guys do you know with outstanding hands and technique? You can count them on one finger, one hand if you consider NFL history. On the other side of the coin, how many 4.6 WRs do you know who are dependable and solid in every phase of the game? Jerry Rice & Michael Irvin, for example, were over 4.5. There are only a few Randy Mosses and Calvin Johnsons in the history of the league. (both were in the sub 4.3 range)
Smitty was a flashy WR. Last year, would you have sworn that he had more than 4 TDs and 745 yards---only 7.5 more yards per game than Lafell and one FEWER TD? But there were many on here who wanted Lafell gone and they wanted to guarantee Smitty $21m over the next 3 seasons to stay. Most people were probably a bit surprised when they learned that Olsen had more yards. Why the love for speed over production?
Stephen Hill is a technique nightmare. He body catches, he runs poor routes, he does not use his speed to his benefit. You have to think, "What if..." when you see him, but I think he is a Drew Carter and nothing more. I hope I am wrong if we sign him, but probably not.
The bride is one of my former students. Her mother died of cancer (the same kind I had) so we got real close. She asked me what I thought of her then fiance-I asked her who his favorite team is--she sent this picture to answer my question.
Let's see....the player who was drafted high and could not learn enough to see the field, a player with nearly every physical gift the good Lord can give a man, only to have his coaches and gm cut him...
The small college white kid who was not drafted and sat on the practice squad for 2 years, working his ass off, learning from his coach, getting better, and pulling off the unthinkable.....
I think about how we don't have a receiver on roster who could do anything similar.
What do we have? WRs that are tall (Cam tends to throw high). WRs. that can catch the ball (Even Smitty dropped more balls than people care to admit--Lafell was born too late, after Stickum was outlawed.), WRs that don't punch teammates. Our new WRs will improve while the crew from last year were at or past their peaks.
Look at the WRs and the TEs. We are tailoring the offense for Cam. Maybe we don't have a 35-year old speed WR who makes $7million for 745 yards and 4 TDs. Is that really what people are bitching about?
Cutting Steve Smith saved this team $16 million over the next 3 years. How happy would people be to see a 37-year old has-been counting $9m against the cap in 2016? You have to see the complete film, not just the trailers.