Re: Steelers' Smith thinks DBs can handle Moss and Co.
I do not believe opposing players give any more effort in response to someone shooting his mouth off, so I am not worried about Smith firing up the Pats.
Nevertheless, for someone who has been a starter for half of one season Smith certainly has a lot to say - to each his own, but I find Smith's off the field statements and on the field behavior to be juvenile.
Smith's comments and conduct presumably raise his standing with anyone who approves of players who exhibit the maturity of a 15 year old.
You can tear someone's head off on the field while still acting like a man while doing it (see, e.g., Donnie Shell, Mel Blount & James Harrison)