Sean Smith knows he is “way better” than he was last year

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Plenty of things went right for the Raiders in 2016 as they won 12 games for the first time since 2000 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, but the play of cornerback Sean Smith was not on the list.

Smith signed a four-year deal with Oakland as a free agent last offseason, but he struggled right off the bat and found himself on the bench before the first game of the regular season was over. He hurt his shoulder later in the first half of the year, which further limited him on the field and led to surgery when the year came to an end.

Smith said that both the benching and the injury were new experiences during a season that saw him trying to fit his style of play into the Raiders’ defensive scheme. He’s healthy now and says that last year

“With careers of seven-, eight-plus [years‘, there is always going to be that one year that everyone looks at like, ‘Oh, man. Did he lose it? What’s going on?’ The coaches have said I’m flying around,” Smith said, via Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’ve got speed still. I feel great. That one year doesn’t define me. I know I’m way better than that. And I know what people are used to, and I get it. Everyone wants the Sean of old. No problem. … Two-one is back.”

The Raiders defense ranked 24th in passing yards last season, so a return to form for Smith would be a boost to efforts for bot a better ranking and a another winning season for the Raiders.

17 responses to “Sean Smith knows he is “way better” than he was last year

  1. I never liked him as a Chief and I don’t like him as a Raider either.

    He has stiff hips and a lack of speed, not a good combo for a CB, he might be better suited at Safety.

  2. kcflake says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:11 PM

    Sean Smith would have been Smart to stay in KC where he was excelling.

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    and where he will have never experienced a play off victory

  3. Ugh. Pseudo coaches and homerisms – he had a bad year, hopefully this one is back to form. Folks are so ready to declare a dude finished. Smh. When my Raiders were trash the off-season was WAY shorter…

  4. Chiefs won a playoff game last year (unlike Oakland) and have beaten Oakland five times in a row. Undefeated against Carr. Oak hasn’t beat KC since 2014. Oh yeah and Smith is probably done.

  5. He should offer to take a pay deduction. If he had a huge pro bowl year he would ask for more money. Surely he should have a better year

  6. raidernation210 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:16 PM
    kcflake says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:11 PM

    Sean Smith would have been Smart to stay in KC where he was excelling.

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    and where he will have never experienced a play off victory

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    Sean Smith Did experience a playoff victory with the Chiefs when we beat Houston.

    Has he had any playoff wins in Oakland??? Oh yeah, Houston rolled your sorry behinds.

  7. Chased the money. Which isn’t a problem, maximum your income, however football is a game of schemes and designs more than any other sport, as a player there’s an impact however at the end of the day your career will thrive or die based on how well you fit the system and quality of the coaching. Thriving in one system doesn’t mean will at another, so cashing out is still a huge gamble.

  8. Face it, Smith’s weaknesses were covered in KC by great safety play. He was exposed by Sammy Watkins in the Buffalo game in 2014 and then by Hopkins in 2015. He is good when he can play physical on receivers, but is not very good if he has to turn and run or play off a receiver. Glad he got his $, but “it is what it is”, Sean.

  9. Well he will either step his game up or be gone next year and that is all there is to it. We drafted secondary help just for that reason and if he repeats his last years performance we can cut him with no dead money

  10. Proves he chased the money in Oakland. If there wasn’t a fit, it hurt his standing. So what does he do, goes back to his home town to watch them leave it to go to Vegas. Well played.

  11. Nothing really against Sean Smith but the Raiders spent a 2017 1st rounder on Gareon Conley with the hopes that he could soon become a starting CB. If Conley overcomes his legal issues and does well this summer and as a nickel back to start during the regular season then he’ll likely replace Smith as a starter and Smith won’t be around in 2018.

  12. Chiefs are garbage all that talent and you won’t win a super bowl, so I wouldn’t talk, oh yeah and Alex Smith isn’t the guy to take you there or your rookie, best of luck! Guaranteed the Raiders at least get a split this year!!!…

  13. gerard33 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:54 PM

    Chiefs won a playoff game last year (unlike Oakland) and have beaten Oakland five times in a row. Undefeated against Carr. Oak hasn’t beat KC since 2014. Oh yeah and Smith is probably done.

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    you mean they won a play off game the year before because last year they lost to the Steelers at home lol! Come on man they only won 4 play off games since 1969 so it shouldn’t be that hard to remember

  14. raidernation210 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:16 PM
    kcflake says:
    Jun 12, 2017 12:11 PM

    Sean Smith would have been Smart to stay in KC where he was excelling.

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    and where he will have never experienced a play off victory

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    Sean Smith Did experience a playoff victory with the Chiefs when we beat Houston.

    Has he had any playoff wins in Oakland??? Oh yeah, Houston rolled your sorry behinds.

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    yeah they got rolled without their pro bowl qb and pro bowl left tackle, but yeah they got rolled. It’s pathetic what you need to come up with since your sorry franchise hasn’t sniffed a super bowl since 1969 ahahahahaha!!

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