Panthers WR Steve Smith sat down with NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano to discuss how the team felt after finishing their minicamp, and he had some interesting things to say about the team.
You can watch the video by clicking this link, but below are a few highlights from the discussion.
When asked how the team plans to compete in the NFC South this season, Smith replied (paraphrasing):
We gotta close out games, minimize mistakes and make plays. We have to raise our game in the division. We gotta keep up with the Joneses.
He's absolutely right. The Panthers have to close out games and execute when the game is on the line. The division didn't get any easier this year, so they definitely can't fall behind the other three teams and expect to compete. They have to raise their level of play and be ready to compete on day one, otherwise their season could be over before it really has a chance to begin.
When predictably asked by Siciliano about Cam Newton being a team captain, Smith said it's not up to him to decide because there are 53 players who vote. He said he couldn't say whether or not Cam deserved to be a captain because he was only one vote in the process.
It sounded to me like he was just trying to find a nice way to say he didn't think Cam should be a captain, but I could be reading too much into it. (Not that I would ever do that...)
Siciliano did ask Smith who he voted for, and while he didn't give a name he did say that he did not vote for himself.
That's all the highlights I'll give for now, but make sure to watch the video and then come back to discuss your thoughts on the interview. Is Smitty accurate in his assessment of the team? Tell us what you think!