As Steve Smith roasted the Steelers in last season's week 2 matchup, it became apparent he was by no means done. The game against Pittsburgh was a big rebound from a sub-par, dropped-filled showing against Cincinnati. Therein lies the issue. With a young receiving core, Steve Smith cannot afford to have bad games sandwiched in between great games.
The season's game log only reinforces the point.
The game against the Colts and the game against San Diego especially stand out. Big games, against AFC opponents. A catch for two yards is inexcusable as a veteran playing the top spot on a team.
Perhaps the issue lies within Smith's play to play consistency. Smith struggles when going on long spells without being involved. It was an issue in that very San Diego game, and when Smith had the opportunity to make a decisive play, the ball bounced off his hands. Yet, when the personal stakes were the highest, against Carolina, Smith played the best he had all season long with seven catches and two touchdowns on the day.
Smith is a veteran who understands the game. But he cannot let his emotions, for better or worse, get the best of himself. That is the key to consistency. I rather have Smith give performances like his 7 catch, 70 yard Miami output every game than his 7 catch, 139 yard performance against the Panthers if it is to be followed by games resembling the Colts.