Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers have gotten off to a rather tough start to the 2009 season. We are halfway through the NFL season and the Panthers have a record of 3-5 and Jake Delhomme looks like his days are done. The sad thing is about this situation is that the Panthers signed Delhomme to a five-year contract this past offseason and that was after a five interception performance in the 2008 playoffs. I don’t know who is to blame for that blunder but someone needs to rectify that situation. If I were a Panthers fan I would be mad as heck at the organization.
There are three things that you can count on with the Panthers offense. One, you can count on Steve Smith coming to each game prepared and ready for another 100-yard game. Two, you can count on DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to rush for a combined 150+ yards per game as their offense averages 153 ypg and ranks in the top 3 in the NFL., and last, you can count on Jake Delhomme throwing it to the other team at least once a game. Delhomme leads the NFL in interceptions thrown with thirteen. That bodes well for my Falcons team this Sunday as they head into Charlotte for what will be another instant classic in what has become one of the great rivalries in the NFL.
Steve Smith joined 790 The Zone in Atlanta to talk about DeAngelo Hall and whether he used to get inside his head, whether DeAngelo Hall has top-5 talent in the NFL or if he just runs his mouth, the start to the season being frustrating, and whether he is buying the New Orleans Saints and their receivers.
On DeAngelo Hall and whether he used to get inside his head:
“You know a guy like that sometimes I don’t think necessarily intend to get into a guy’s head. In the process of the game things happen that allow guys to either do certain things or not do certain things. He seems to be a guy that always seems to be around things, groups of people that generally become very argumentative or very physical so a guy like that I try to stay away from if possible. It always seems that something kind of follows him. That is just the nature of the beast.”
Whether DeAngelo Hall has top-5 talent in the NFL or if he just runs his mouth:
“I think it is really hard to judge that because of situations and the position he has been in so it is kind of bias. Do I say he is a top-5 guy in this league? Top-5 anything goes on stability and long term and I just don’t think how short he has been in the league that you can really consider him top-5. Even the guys that are considered top-5, you look at the reasons why, is because time over time they make big plays and they have more upside then downside. A guy like Champ Bailey is a top-5, I think he is 12 years in the league. A guy that is in his third or fourth year I wouldn’t necessarily say you could call him a top-5 guy.”
On the start to the season being frustrating:
“I think probably some misfires but there is a lot things that are going on behind the scenes or lack thereof out in the open on Sunday that you wish you could have improve. Every year a different element and a different monster kind of manifests itself whether it be special teams, passing game, running game, offense or defense. Individually, speaking for the passing game, it isn’t doing as well as it has done in the past and the way it is going is very evident so I guess you could say that the passing game isn’t up to par as it usually is.”
On the part of the offense that needs to get better:
“It is kind of hard. You want to say the passing game but you don’t want to take away from what is going well. But if you don’t address it at some point it is going to come back and haunt you and the passing game has came back and haunted us because sometimes we just go with what is working and not necessarily fix or attempt to fix to improve the passing game.”
Whether he is buying the New Orleans Saints and their receivers:
“You don’t really have to buy anything. They are doing a great job. Great receivers? I wouldn’t go there. I am just being… Marques Colston is a good receiver but…Henderson, those guys got Drew Brees throwing to them. You don’t really…You sneeze good and turn around Drew Brees is really just square in between their numbers. I am not hatin’ but I think honestly I have watched those guys run routes and they don’t necessarily have to run the best routes because their quarterback is ridiculous.”
Whether he is going to be in Carolina in the years to come:
“My contract goes to 2012 but I also know that this is a business and it is not personal. Whatever happens happens. I am not saying that I don’t want to leave and I am not saying that I want to stay but it is really not up to me. I don’t really call the shots to that extent. I know I probably have six good years left in these short, squatty legs. I will see wherever God wants me to play so I am going to go and my family is going to come with me and they are going to be happy.”