Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith lit up the Bears for 118 receiving yards on seven catches basically about the norm for Smith vs. the Bears over his four career games against them.
Afterwards he told CSNChicago.com that Conte wasnt at my level and that he has been kicking Jennings ass.
Jennings wasnt showing any signs of tender spots, especially the only place it mattered.
I was surprised he didnt to a lot of talking during the game, more after the game, after the loss, Jennings said, although Smith appeared to be yapping at Conte on multiple occasions. Thats just the guy that he is. You cant say too much about it
Just that we won and they lost, again.
The smile said it all. Smith may be doing anatomical damage to Jennings but the Panthers have lost three of the four Bears games with him and he didnt get into the end zone on Sunday. Smith has yet to score in 2012.
And while Smith may hold a decibel edge, his team is 1-6 whereas Contes and Jennings is 6-1.
Thats just Steve Smith being Steve Smith, Jennings said.
Not taking anything from Steve hes a great All-Pro receiver, a tough guy to defend all game, I can tell you that because theyre going to go to him each and every pass play, 15 or 20 times if they get a chance.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton needed to target Smith on 16 passes for the wideout to get those seven catches. Smith had one highlight catch for 47 yards against tight coverage but nothing else longer than 18 yards and just two of those.
You just want to kind of limit his playmaking ability after he catches the ball, Jennings said. Hes going to catch a few balls but youre going to have to be there when he catches it. With this style of defense we have to minimize big plays.
It wasnt like we mand him up the whole game. We gave him different looks because we know hes going to find the holes in the defense and catch the ball. We wanted to minimize the big play and keep him out of the end zone, and we were able to do that.