With a new coaching staff in town, Panthers receiver Steve Smith is no longer disgruntled, saying he finally feels like he’s in an offense that will use him correctly.
Smith told the Charlotte Observer that new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is planning to capitalize on his big play ability, while former coach John Fox was more interested in running the ball.
“I respect coach Fox and I respect the offensive coordinators that have been here. But at the same time I’m a wide receiver. Run blocking is not my forte,” Smith said. “I get to line up in different spots. It’s just refreshing. It’s not saying, ‘Well, we’re going to move you around,’ and then never do it. Here they’re actually saying it and it’s happening. It’s not just me. It’s other guys as well.”
Of course, all Smith has to go on at the moment is a week of training camp. It’s possible that once the season starts, Smith will once again be unhappy in the Panthers’ offense.
But based on what he’s seen so far, Smith loves it: He says the Panthers’ new offense takes chances, throws downfield and lets him make plays.
“The quarterbacks are doing what has not been done around here in a long time,” Smith said. “The philosophy in years past has been not to screw it up.”