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“I think I was just treated more like a number last year,” Smith said Wednesday, on Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show. “There were a lot of things that I felt like should have been handled differently and you know there were a couple of times where coach should have came up to me and explained how he was looking at things and how he was handling situations and what direction he wanted to go but it didn’t happen like that.
“As a player you never want to hear things through the media. . . . [Y]ou just want to be treated like a man before an athlete. I think a lot of times in the NFL coaches forget that. They’re so involved with the numbers and schemes and they forget how to approach a player and I just felt like a couple of times throughout the season last year there were a couple of coaches who forgot that.”
Smith said he hasn’t talked to Reid about the situation.
“I’m just going to let it go. . . . I don’t want to come across bitter or anything like that because as long as I’m in the NFL, that’s a blessing in itself,” Smith said. “I’m definitely grateful for my experience there, good or bad, however it’s one of those things where the coach knows. He knows how he should have handled the situation and I don’t have to tell him.”
All that said, Smith’s comments aren’t likely to lather up many Eagles fans. Of all the players who have ever left the team via free agency, Smith might be the only one who has drawn a collective “good riddance” from folks in Philly