In Greensboro Coliseum for the ACC men's basketball tournament, and the name I've heard most in the hour I've been here is Steve Smith. Seth Greenberg is second. About the latter, I know not why. Hey, Seth, would you like some Curry with that? Inside joke. Not that inside.
The impact of the Carolina Panthers supersedes Charlotte and the burbs. People at the tournament want ask about him or talk about Smith, offer an opinion or seek one.
You know my position: I don't understand Smith's dismissal.
The demonization of general manager Dave Gettleman, however, doesn't make much sense. Oh My Gawd, the Panthers have yet to sign a famous free-agent. They didn't last season, either. They waited, quietly acquiring the pieces that, coupled with their veterans and rookies, enabled them to win the NFC South.
I admire people who don't overreact. Have any of you ever played poker? If you fling chips around because everybody else does, you'll quickly be on your way to the ATM. Gettleman is waiting until the cards dictate that it's time to move.
How do you predicate what a guy will do? You look at what he's done.
The Panthers have not won free agency. They haven't lost it, either.