I was glad to see Steve Smith didn't back off Wednesday from his comment on Sunday after the Panthers' win. Smith said he was no longer an "asset" after that one -- and while it sounded something like a prima donna, he also had a valid point. (Read my column on that incident here).
Sometimes, a truth-teller in an NFL locker room is pulled back down into the fold, by fines or peer pressure or what have you (Case in point: Jon Beason on Julius Peppers -- although I still think Beason's since-apologized-for comments helped light the recent fire under No.90).
Smith made a point that needed to be made, and it will force the Panthers' offense to be better. Jake Delhomme already said Smith practiced "at a different level" Wednesday -- I think ultimately what Smith said will turn out to be something of a positive.
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