Smith found himself largely stagnant in John Fox’s offense for the past two seasons, but is experiencing a resurgence under new coach Ron Rivera and rookie quarterback Cam Newton.
He has already eclipsed last season’s touchdown and receiving yard totals.
“I’ve just been sitting on the shelf for two years,” said Smith. “I just have to throw some new batteries in there. You go into some families homes and you look in their fridge… you look in that shelf and some people have the batteries up in the freezer trying to save it. That’s where I was.”
He has already eclipsed last season’s touchdown and receiving yard totals and feels the organizational change has served him well.
Smith was not a fan of Fox’s offense and still isn’t. He took a shot at his former coach this week–pointing out his struggles with the Denver Broncos.
“Obviously the old regime that was here… you look at the offense they took down there with them and that offense looks like our offense last year,” he said. “You got a guy throwing the ball… I think he threw 8,000 yards last year and now he can’t even start. So, hmmm.”
Smith exaggerated Kyle Orton’s numbers a bit but his point was well made.
Orton actually passed for 3,653 yards last year with a 20:9 touchdown to interception ratio.
In the five games before he was benched for Tim Tebow this season Orton passed for 979 yards with an 8:7 touchdown to interception ratio.
More to Smith’s point–the Panthers hold the No. 5 offense in the NFL entering Week 7. The Broncos are ranked No. 26.
Smith failed to mention Carolina has the same number of wins as Denver — one.
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