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Best Of Steve Smith: How Can Panthers Turn Around 2013 Season?

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Steve Smith joined us in studio for his weekly visit.  Here are some of the highlights from Tuesday’s show.  We start by asking Steve how the Panthers can turn this season around,  then we talk about the dropped balls that the receivers had during the game in Arizona, and we talk about Cam Newton and if he is the franchises quarterback for the future. Plus much more…

89, fresh off his wedding anniversary Monday, joined the guys in studio as he usually does and the first question proposed to him was how the Carolina Panthers can fix their problems.

“It does have to start at the top, it does start with the offense. You can have a great defense but if you don’t score points, it’s just not going to work out.”

After the 5th straight year of starting 1-3 and a embarrassing loss to the Arizona Cardinals, fans in the Carolinas were not happy. Smitty understood that but offered some words of encouragement.

“They are disgruntled, and they have every right to be, 5th straight year of starting out 1-3.  I said it earlier, after the first game and second game, if the season ends now, then yes you have the right to be but the season isn’t over.”

The 5-time Pro Bowl WR did something twice on Sunday that he just normally never does, and that is drop passes. Smitty talked to us about his feelings, in hindsight, about those drops.

“I felt like it cost us momentum. I felt like it put us in a hole for the rest of the game. Ran a great route, ball was on time, perfect pass, I just flat out dropped it…..It was one of those games, a nightmare game, just one of those kind of games.”

The 13-year NFL veteran made some waves in the news this week when after practice on Monday he had some very critical things to the media about one of the refs in the Carolina-Arizona game the day before, he cleared up his comments here.

“I think a lot of people thought my reaction to the ref is an excuse. It’s not an excuse, it’s not a justification, it’s basically how I feel or how I felt about an individual person but it’s not anything to say, ‘that’s the reason I dropped the pass’, it’s not.”

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