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Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:45 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:28 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

Lost in all the hubbub surrounding the likely departure of Steve Smith from Carolina is the fact that nothing bad has been said between the two parties.

In fact, it's quite the opposite -- Smith and the Panthers have been very pleasant about their relationship. Smith continued that offseason tradition on Monday, when he referred to Carolina's rookie quarterback Cam Newton as "outstanding."

"The drafting of Cam is outstanding," Smith said. "Met with him a few times and very much impressed by Cam."

This is in stark contrast to how Smith seemed to view Jimmy Clausen, last year's rookie quarterback, with whom Smith seemed to often grow frustrated. (He wasn't alone; ask any Panthers fan.)

But it's also the word Smith used to describe head coach Ron Rivera, who heretofore hasn't been doing Smith any favors by seeming less than optimistic about Smith returning to Charlotte.

"When I met Ron I would say they maybe sold him short. He's great, a great guy," Smith said. "My first meeting with him was pretty good, it was outstanding. I walked away very impressed."
Smith's Saga in Charlotte

Now, again, all parties have been very amicable during the offseason, although Smith's house is up for sale -- later with a reduced price -- and Smith all but shipped out of Charlotte.

It's probably too much to expect that the sides will be on the same page when/if the season starts, and it's more than likely that Smith ends up going somewhere else.

But it's still worth noting that nothing mean has been said quite yet.

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Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:05 am
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

USMEAGLE.... I didn't say most over rated player ever.




Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:30 am
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Steve Smith = best Panther ever

can certainly be considered one of the top 2 or 3, but i would put julies peppers just ahead of him




Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Steve Smith = best Panther ever



Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Jeez carmac! Poor QB Play for 2 years? Its been poor every year since the SB run. Delhomme went bad fast. 



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:29 am
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Why is everyone so gungho about dumping Steve Smith?  This guy is a legitimate gamebreaker that was saddled by poor QB play the last 2 years.  The Panthers better not just let him depart as a free agent like Julius Peppers.  At least get some value in return for him.  We're talking about an ultra-competitive, top-tier WR who is absolutely fearless when going after the ball.  Smith's opponents certainly hold him in high regard!!



Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:10 am
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

I agree it is time for Steve to go but not because I think he is on the downside.  I think Steve takes away from the rest of the team.  With him on the field, nobody has a chance to improve or get the ball.   He has improved his attitude some, but he is still the "give me the damn ball so I can win the game" type player and that isn't what Carolina needs.   They need more team players and not "superstars".



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:59 am
 

Steve Smith calls Newton, Rivera 'outstanding'

Smith needs to go. As a Panthers fan I thank him for what he has given over the years, however, he is on the downside of his career and the Panthers need to try and get something for him via trade while he still has SOME value.


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