Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette still doesn’t understand the Panthers decision to replace Steve Smith. Smith, now with the Baltimore Ravens, torched the Saints again this season for 89 yards and a touchdown, Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Galette has all the respect in the world for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, which makes it so difficult for him to understand why the team would part with one of its biggest weapons.
“That was not smart on their side to let him go,” he said. “The leadership and toughness that he brings to that team. The guy won them games single handedly. He could have been helping Cam, but hey, that’s their problem, not mine.”
Galette said it was obvious that Smith’s leadership was one of his best qualities and teams sometimes tend to undervalue that in a player. But when asked to compare that with the Saints, who also let several of their veterans go, he said that was a completely different situation.
“I mean, c’mon, who are you talking about?” He asked, laughing. “The guys that replaced them are better than they were.”
Galette, of course, was talking about departed veterans like Will Smith, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins and Jonathan Vilma.
“Here, the guys that replaced them are better than the guys we had. It’s not even close. Across the board,” Galette said. “I’ll take Kenny Vaccaro any day over any safety. And I’ll take (Cam Jordan) over any defensive end. Jairus Byrd over any safety.”