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Smith says sideline Clausen comments overblown

Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:45 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Fiery Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was reportedly yelling and screaming at Jimmy Clausen following Carolina's meltdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, a loss fueled largely by Clausen repeatedly fumbling the ball, staring down receivers, and being unable to get Smith the rock.

Now, he claims that the reports that he was screaming at the rookie are silly and that the people reporting them are "jokes."

"It was said that I was just about to 'go off,' and I wasn't," Smith said after Wednesday's practice. "I thought it was interesting because here, I was obviously agitated and frustrated, but sometimes people think they know me better than I know myself. I think that's a joke, and I think the people that reported it are jokes."

Smith also added that Clausen did "as well as he could with the current situation" when asked about the rookie's debut.

And Clausen, for his part, also got the wide receiver's back when it came to discussing their sideline chatter against the Bengals.

"There really wasn't anything between me and Steve," Clausen said. "Like I told you after the game, it's just his competitiveness as a football player. He wants the ball. I think it's a good thing for your receivers to want the ball as much as they can get it."

Here's the order of events in Carolina with something like this: Steve Smith gets mad, Steve Smith does something aggressive in public, Steve Smith thinks people overreact about the thing he did when everyone sees it (note: we are right here in the scale of what Steve Smith does), teammate gets Steve Smith's back, Steve Smith finally realizes he did something a little wrong, Steve Smith apologizes.

Now, this situation is less serious since it's a rookie we're talking about, and Clausen doesn't really have much of a choice outside of playing along with whatever Smith wants; ignoring the only real receiving threat on the team as a young quarterback isn't precisely an intelligent move.

"I can't force anything," Clausen said. "I tried to force that one into him (Sunday), and it got intercepted. And that is what you get more times than making a completion. I have to be smart. Steve is a great player, and I want to get the ball to him as many times as I can, but I can't force it because it causes turnovers and interceptions."

And Smith might have a pretty good point about this being overblown; remember that there were rumors circulating early on during the offseason that Smith though Clausen was a "punk" and didn't particularly care for his attitude.

Whether that's true or not (Smith said it wasn't), it's going to remain the underlying stereotype for Clausen and Smith's relationship until they prove differently. Winning a game this season would probably help, too.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:49 pm

Smith says sideline Clausen comments overblown

Yeah, I'd have to agree, I think calling either of these guys a leader is a stretch.  Smith has the ability and history to have the respect of the players but loses ground with his antics.  Clausen is unproven at the pro level and has a ton to learn.  Plus his cocky attitude can put people off if he doesn't back it up on the field.  I think it speaks volumes about the Panthers in general, a lack of leadership.  IMO they should have kept Delhomme or picked up a more experieinced QB as a stop gap until Clausen was ready.  THere are also some receivers out there that can come in and help with their experience.  Laverneus Coles for example, could still play, almost made the Jets, could add that experience you are looking for at wide out.  If you've only got one target and they double team him all day, you're not going to have a good passing game. 

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:44 pm

Smith says sideline Clausen comments overblown

Clausen is a leader more than Smith? Uhm, I think I have to throw the red flag on that one.

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:57 am

Smith says sideline Clausen comments overblown

Come on,Man!!! if anyone should be looked at as a punk its steve smith. look at his track record. he's a me guy,perfect example of self-centered athlete's of today. this is a team sport and the sooner he realizes this the better off he'll be. as for claussens demeanor,chalk that up to immaturity,but he's certainly more of a leader than smith could ever think of being. if smith needs to speak of someones attitude he shoud look in his house of mirrors....

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:28 am

Smith says sideline Clausen comments overblown

what clausen and smith both need is another good receiver. like if dwayne jarrett would ever decide to step up, that would be fine and dandy

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:14 am

Smith says sideline Clausen comments overblown

Clausen is a punk. Was one his whole time at Notre Dame. Even to the point his own team mate punched him in the eye. Daddy tried to make "Jimmy" into a hero and turned out with a bum that thinks he is better than he is.

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