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Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:57 am
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SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been a bunch of talk lately about how Panthers WR Steve Smith wants out of Carolina, about how he’s cleaned out his locker at Bank of America Stadium and about how the Chargers or Raiders could be the recipient of his services.

Smith hasn’t been interested in talking about why he wants to be traded – although we could probably guess it has something to do with the Panthers not having a great chance of winning in the foreseeable future – saying only that it’s between him and his family.

But now, Smith has decided to talk a little bit, telling Pro Football Weekly that he actually hasn’t demanded a trade.

“What I have asked for is to be in a competitive situation,” Smith told PFW. “I sat down with Marty (Hurney, Carolina’s GM) a lot of times prior to the lockout."

Although he’s not sure whether the Panthers actually will trade him, he also said that just because his house is for sale, that doesn’t mean he’s actually planning to leave town.

"I think it's important that people realize I am not packing my bags,” he said. “As far as why my house is for sale, we built this huge house and we just don't have any business living in it. It seemed like a great idea, and then we moved into this big house. We started cringing at all that space we had.

"For me, it was a little bit vain that I have this big house with this big yard. People saw my house was on sale and said it was me sending a message. Really the message I sent was to my kids: Dad made a mistake. This isn't how we are supposed to live. This isn't what I should be projecting. If we don't do this now, what incentive do I give my kids to reach for? You make a lot of money and then you go blow it? I don't want to be a statistic. I want to be a good steward."

What does any of this mean? Who knows. And really, as long as the lockout continues, it really doesn’t matter, because for now, Smith isn’t going anywhere regardless of whether or not he sells his house.

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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Steve, with the way this franchise has conducted its business in the last few years, I wouldn't blame you if you did.  Jerry Richardson can move his lips all he wants about wanting to rebuild the franchise, but his words and actions have indicated he would rather reap the reward of a mediocre product so he doesn't have to spend money.  That's why Mike Brown is a joke of an owner, why Bill Wertz was universally hated in Chicago, and why a lot of small baseball markets like Kansas City, and Pittsburgh haven't seen the postseason in years.



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Hey Guitar Pico....Steve Smith is looking for you!



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

If someone can get Steve the ball he can still produce.  Cam is a big question mark! 



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

He's washed up, we don't need or want him in San Diego either. We have enough young up and coming WR without some dysfunctional idiot who likes to punch his teamates in the face. Move your kids to gangsta land in Oakland? That's pointing them in the right direction... showing them positives in life....



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Imagine Steve Smith with Brady, Manning or Brees!  He was a top 5 receiver throughout his career, imagine if he was with one of those guys, wow....

Oh yes I can imagine Philip Rivers throwing Steve Smith passes and Rivers was just as good or better than those guys last year.

Come on home Steve...






Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Panthersclt, yes, just imagine if he was with Brady.  Just one problem - he's not.  As you pointed out, he's done well with Delhomme, a pretty bad QB overall.  What's telling is how his production dropped off the face of the earth last year, with a different assortment of bad QBs.  For the most part, the guy has never been a scoring machine.  He had one very good year with 12 TD receptions.  Otherwise, his numbers were those of a good but not great receiver.  Just my opinion, but Steve Smith gets no HOF discussion when he's done.  In St. Louis, we wonder if Torry Holt will get in, and he has ~50% more yards and TDs than Steve Smith.  Hence, Steve Smith WAS a good, but not great, player.  And regarding his value elsewhere, I'll again use the Rams as an example, as they desperately need a #1 WR.  I wouldn't want Steve Smith if Carolina gave him to the Rams.  Again, his numbers show that he's nothing more than a #3 receiver at this point in his career.  Guys with 500 yards receiving and a few TDs are pretty easy to come by, and who needs the headaches that this guy brings.



Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

"Sure, he had the self-annointed HOFer Jimmy Claussen and a host of other scrubs throwing to him.  But here's a newsflash - lots of teams have bad QB play.  Steve Smith was a good receiver 2+ years ago."
I can't refute your stats. BUT...Steve Smith was one of the best receivers in the league 2-3 years ago. What happened? Carolina traded Muhsin Mohammed to Chicago (agreed, he was almost done, but who was his replacement), and the Quarterbacks coach allowed Jake Delhomme's mechanics to devolve to a point that he couldn't even keep a job in Cleveland.

How did the 1-15 Panthers push two runningbacks over 1000 yards in the same miserable season? They got the ball at least twice as much as ANYONE else:

1st Down: run  2nd Down: run  3rd and short: run  3rd and long: try to beat the double-team on Steve Smith

I think Steve Smith is one of the most competitive players on the team. He wants to win bad enough to work for it. He DID have some altercations with teammates, but I don't think that's UNcommon in football practices. I haven't heard that the bad blood continued, so I've got to believe that it was something frustration related and it's now over.

God help him, the Panthers just drafted Cam Newton. They should have drafted AJ Green to keep the defenses honest and given Jimmy Clausen the best QB coach they could get. Steve Smith still has a few serviceable years in the league and several of those years could be quite productive. He'd do very well in San Diego. And then we'd all wonder why we let him go.



Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

"Sure, he had the self-annointed HOFer Jimmy Claussen and a host of other scrubs throwing to him.  But here's a newsflash - lots of teams have bad QB play.  Steve Smith was a good receiver 2+ years ago."

I can't refute the stats. You're right. BUT...not TOO long ago, he had a decent QB throwing to him and a decent receiver on the other side that kept defenses honest. Trade away Muhsin Muhammed and allow Jake Delhomme's mechanics to go to crap, and you get the stats he's had in the last couple years.

The problem in Carolina is there is no balance. Why did both running backs get over 1000 yds last year on a team that won a single game? They got the ball almost twice as much as anyone else. 1st Down: run  2nd Down: run  3rd and short: run  3rd and long: try to beat Smith's double-team.

I'm glad to hear Smith is thinking of staying. He's one of the most competitive guys on the team. He's a leader. Yes, he's had some altercations with teammates--it happens. I haven't heard that bad blood remained between him and his teammates, so I'm chalking it up to practice frustrations.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

Anybody who thinks he is washed up knows nothing about Steve's potential.  As a long time Panthers fan, I have watched him for years.  With a better QB he could have been one of the greatest ever.  He and Delhomme had some decent chemistry but usually it was Smith who was jumping up and catching overthrown balls and lame-duck throws.  With Clausen and Newton he is just wasting his time.  Imagine Steve Smith with Brady, Manning or Brees!  He was a top 5 receiver throughout his career, imagine if he was with one of those guys, wow....



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

I feel like this story he's giving would be a little different if Carolina didn't draft Cam. He's curious to find out how good this guy really is and I don't blame him. Cam will make Steve Smith a better player. Just wait and see


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