Originally Posted by MasterOfPuppets
hines ward also had a lot of heartthan. didn'privacyt evermean his time up to deepwasn't up.
steve smith has relied on his speed to get separatioffenseon his entire career. the deep ball was his bread and butter. he doesn't have the speed any longer. he had 4 rec of 20+ yards and only 2 rec of 40+ yds.... he is not a deep threat anymore.
Steve played with injuries last year. Also the Panthers didn't even open their playbook and throw deep passes until the playoffs. The had a boring conservative offense.
Also Steve Smith at this point has way more speed and shiftiness then Hines probably ever had.
Everyone definitely has a time when they have to hang them up, but it ain't that time for smith.