Look, I know this is beating a dead horse territory, but I was doing some Youtube searches to find some good Smitty highlights to give me some motivation while taking a procrastination break, and I ran in to a lot of videos within the past year of Smitty doing some stuff that I don't think corresponds with Dave Gettleman's philosophies. It really put some perspective and evidence supporting that he was cut more for locker room reasons.
It just seems to me like Smitty got more attention for his "fired up" style lately than he has since he got the publicity for fighting his teammates, which I firmly believe he's grown above.
This point is brought up, but when you see video after video on Youtube of one player, it puts things into perspective.
1. Says he wouldn't want Sanchez throwing a paper bag sandwich. True? Yes. Good for camera? No.
2. Punks out Armand Smith on the sideline. Necessary? Christ yes. Good for camera? No.
3. Slams Cary Williams on the ground during PRESEASON. Necessary? Not ethically. Good for camera? No.
4. The Janoris Jenkins fiasco. Necessary? Maybe for TMZ/ESPN. Good for camera? Don't think so.
5. The Aqib Talib fiasco. Necessary? Once again, it's a cover story not about football. Good for camera? Not to Gettles.
6. This is one that doesn't get much publicity, but it's Smitty trash talking a 14 year old Jets fan. You know the drill. Unecessary. Bad for camera.
Then there was the deal after he's released where he trash talks the guy for using his full name.
We all love it, and we all love Smitty. But I also trust Dave Gettleman, and I can see that although these actions don't draw fines or anything from the NFL, it isn't something that goes in line with the kind of "leadership" that G-man wants with us.
I just wanted to add some video perspective to this, because flat out there is a lot of viral video that's come out about him over the past year that Gettleman could view as distractions.