"I'm literally laying there," Smith told TheMMQB.com's Peter King, "and I'm looking up, and this thought came to me: It's good to be a Carolina Panther."
"Nothing to a football player is more degrading than going into a game hoping things don't blow up into a disaster in the first quarter," Smith explained. "You start thinking, What did I do to deserve this?"
"I think this team is ready to play a game like this," Smith said. "The intensity of it will be good for some of our young players. It'll wake some of them up. I think it'll be a chippy game, which is in my element. Good old-fashioned football."