Panthers WR Smith downplays issue with QB Clausen
At 0-3, the Panthers face a tough road back.
While the Panthers had their six-game winning streak in New Orleans snapped last season, Smith believes there’s a lesson to be learned from that game.
The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, then seemed to take their foot off the gas and wound up losing to the high-powered Saints 30-20.
“You get some points early, you can’t shut it down _ bottom line,” Smith said. “If you get up 14 of 17 points and then you don’t do anything after that _ especially against an explosive offense like that _ they’re not going to sit around and twiddle their thumbs. They are going to draw up plays in the dirt and do whatever they can to come back. So when you get up 14 or 17 or even three points and try to sit on it and hope for the best, it’s not going to work.”