February 08, 2004

He'll always have XXXVI and XXXVIII.: Wasting no time, instead of paying the $500k bonus, the Patriots have decided not to exercise their option on Antowain Smith for next year.

posted by jerseygirl to football at 10:59 PM - 13 comments

The Pats have a lot of draft picks (an abnormal amount I understand?) and should probably be able to fill that runningback spot out of the draft. Like seeing Lawyer Milloy elsewhere, it will be weird to see Antowain in another uniform.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:09 PM on February 08

I had heard some rumors that the Skins were interseted in Smith, for one reason or another. Maybe he winds up there...

posted by bcb2k2 at 11:45 PM on February 08

I think a fifth round pick with a bad knee could fill any holes left by Antowain Smith's departure. He is definitely a mediocre back on a good day.

posted by pivo at 11:45 PM on February 08

I think pivo overstates it a little, but it is true, Smith was a standout on a team with a so-so running game. He ran well in the Super Bowl, but I think a lot of that is due to the offensive line (which ain't exactly the biggest and beefiest in the NFL) creating some good openings. Tell ya what I thought was the best run of the Super Bowl...how about that direct snap to Kevin Faulk? Talk about a "he did what??!?!!?" momen...

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:05 AM on February 09

Talk about not getting very long to savor the memories ... but this is the right move for the Patriots. They need a bigger back to switch in and out with Kevin Faulk, and that will be either a pick-up on the free-agent market or a third- or fourth-round pick.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:47 AM on February 09

I thought A.Smith was a solid bigger back? What do I know? But I get the feeling this is another Stephen Davis all over again.

posted by garfield at 09:53 AM on February 09

Antowain Smith is a fine back, but he is not an irreplacable back. It is a shame to lose him, but the Patriots didn't make it to the Super Bowl on the strength of their running game. Of course, I am the fifth person to write this same thing.

posted by Joey Michaels at 01:41 PM on February 09

For anyone who has NFL Street, that direct snap to Kevin Faulk immediately brings thoughts of RB BAM.

posted by swank6 at 05:34 PM on February 09

Does that work well in NFL Street? Got it yesterday and I've been sticking to off-tackle runs and sweeps. The Bam seems like you need to catch the defense with no nose tackle.

posted by yerfatma at 05:42 PM on February 09

It usually works for a couple yards, but usually not more. It's good when you need to convert 3rd or 4th and short, or you're at the goal line.

posted by swank6 at 11:07 PM on February 09

Well, on the goal line I usually go with Flats or one other pass play to get the extra extra point.

posted by yerfatma at 06:49 PM on February 10

Sometimes, I like to do the special twirly move in Britney's Dance Party.

posted by wfrazerjr at 08:24 PM on February 10

That game's friggin' hard, brutha.

posted by yerfatma at 06:43 AM on February 12

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