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Steve Smith says Panthers’ coaches are finally using him correctly

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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.”

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13 Responses to “Steve Smith says Panthers’ coaches are finally using him correctly”
  1. jw731 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:40 AM

    So…what he is saying is that the napoleon complex has dissapated and there will be no training camp fights cause he is getting the ball……..What a team player…..

  2. panther17 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:43 AM

    It will be refreshing for us fans as well to watch something else other then foxball.

  3. qdog112 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:46 AM

    Steve is right, but I don’t know if he catches 70 balls in this offense since it will be spread around, ala San Diego. The emphasis may be more on the TE. However, the threat of the long ball can open up a myriad of possibilities.

    There is an unprecedented buzz in camp and that excitement is infectious. High risk – high reward.

  4. metaldeth says: Aug 7, 2011 11:06 AM

    Good thing they have a QB that can get him the ball …

  5. madenatewell says: Aug 7, 2011 11:08 AM

    Thank god. Smitty was a beast with Dan Henning’s offense. He needs help on the other side though, Gettis, laFell & Naanee won’t do him justice…years past it’s been that he was productive with Muhsin Muhammad opposite him.

  6. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 7, 2011 11:10 AM

    Steve Smith is a big play receiver. The fact that the Panthers were a running team for the past few years showed me that John Fox tried to put his offense in a position where they could compete every Sunday. Passing the ball was not their forte because they didn’t have the right passer to compete after Delhomme lost his touch.

  7. gdeli says: Aug 7, 2011 11:30 AM

    now lets hope the shmuck doesn’t beat the livin’ crap out of another teammate and they have to settle the $ out of court. ridiculous behavior.

  8. dissapointmentprone says: Aug 7, 2011 11:59 AM

    Lol, coverages will be rolled to his side because they don’t have any other receivers that scare anybody+Rookie mistakes at QB = Same ol smith crying by week 5

  9. CKL says: Aug 7, 2011 12:01 PM

    And before last year he said they had two “franchise QBs that they haven’t had in a long time” too. It’s the preseason optimism we all fall prey to right now because we believe that change is always going to work out when we wanted change to happen.

    If those two young WRs develop and Olsen, Naanee and Shockey contribute, that will do as much for him as anything else. The last time he had two pretty good options on the field with him @ WR was 03. And he never had any TEs like that with him while he was a starting WR.

  10. hobartbaker says: Aug 7, 2011 12:02 PM

    Big changes in the Panther offense. The philosophy in past years has been to not screw it up. The new philosophy is screw it up!

  11. hobartbaker says: Aug 7, 2011 12:31 PM

    They going to make the offense more complex. Then put it in the hands of a mental 12 year old. Not surprising from a guy never got a HC job until he was a senior citizen, and the mastermind who created a 2-14 team.

  12. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2011 12:48 PM

    I think the Panthers will be improved alot from last year.

  13. bunjy96 says: Aug 7, 2011 2:23 PM

    He still whines.

    But at least he hasn’t hit anyone…………yet.

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