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July 27, 2012

Steve Smith wants Panthers to double their offensive numbers


Panthers veteran wideout Steve Smith loved teammate Ryan Kalil's public promise of a Super Bowl title this season.

In fact, Smith set the bar high for the Panthers' offense after reporting to Wofford for the start of training camp Friday.

Asked if he was excited to see what the Panthers could do in their second season with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, Smith said: “Not really. We know what we can do.”

And then this: “It's can we build on it? Can we double the numbers? I think it'd be great to double the numbers. That'd be good.”

Double the yardage and scoring numbers?

All of it,” Smith said. “Why not?”

The Panthers averaged 25 points and 390 yards a game last season behind Rookie-of-the-Year quarterback Cam Newton. Doubling those numbers would shatter the records set by New England with 36.8 points in 2007, and the Saints last year with 467 yards a game.

But we get what Smith was saying: Why not shoot high?

That's why he endorsed the move by Kalil, who took out a full-page ad in Wednesday's Observer thanking fans for their loyalty and predicting a Super Bowl title this season.

I thought it was fantastic. I wouldn't necessarily he put any added extra pressure on any of us. Everyone wants to be champions,” Smith said. “When you come to training camp, everybody believes their team has the right formula and the right guys that will ultimately transfer over to the season and you'll be that team. Why is that wrong to have that high standard?

I love it. I'm right there next to him. I think it's phenomenal. I think the right person thought about it and it was calculated. I love every bit of it.”

Smith also talked about the $100,000 donation he made to the survivors of the Colorado movie theater shooting.

Smith said his oldest son, Peyton, attended the 'The Dark Knight Rises' premiere in Charlotte at midnight the night of the tragedy in Aurora, Colo.

I can't imagine getting someone severely injured and dealing with that, and now you've got to figure out how to pay for it,” Smith said.

Smith said he had his agent publicize his contribution to challenge others to do the same.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM | Permalink


Steve - no more celebrating until you are in the endzone.

Posted by: nosebleed fan | Jul 27, 2012 12:13:54 PM

Go Panthers!!! As fans, we need to show more support and faith at games. That means buy tickets, and don't allow opposing fans to dominate our stadium. When our defense is on the field be LOUD, not just on third downs (be loud every damn down), and for the love of god shut up when our offense is on the field. Don't leave the game early if our team is down, because they might make a comeback and they could use our help by making noise. You paid for the ticket, might as well enjoy the entire game. As fans, lets do our part to support the team a 100%. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Posted by: PanthersFan | Jul 27, 2012 8:36:25 PM

Steve, continue to celebrate before you are in the endzone. Continue to Love Your Life. Nosebleed should keep his nose bleeding......Go Smitty...GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Da_Ing_Man | Jul 28, 2012 3:40:05 AM

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