Smith unhappy about losing job
I actually like his attitude here. Seems dedicated to proving himself without going over the top or putting anyone else down.Lions' Smith unhappy about losing starting job
by Tom Kowalski
Monday September 29, 2008, 3:36 PM
Rookie running back Kevin Smith has been told that he's lost his starting running back job to veteran Rudi Johnson and Smith isn't happy about it.
"Personally, I don't like it. I think I should be playing a lot more. But it's all about winning,'' Smith said.
"I've got a new attitude. I went home at the break and got a new attitude, I'm just going to get me better. Now I'm going to work on getting myself better every day and try, not the impossible, but I've got the mindset that I'm going to try to hit a home run on every play now. I might only get one carry. If I only get one carry, I've got to make it count.''
In three games this season, Smith had 29 carries for 102 yards (3.5-yard average) and scored one touchdown. Johnson, who was signed at the end of training camp, has 18 carries for 99 yards (5.5-yard average).
"It's nothing against Rudi, he's a good back. If you want to play him, play him,'' Smith said. "But when my number's called, I'm going to perform, bottom line.
"I'm good. I can make as many plays as anybody on this offense. Anybody. We'll see what happens.''
Smith said he's not going to let the demotion get him down.
"I'm not going to lose because I'm not competing. I refuse to let anybody be better than me,'' he said. "You know what the funny thing is? I always start up from the bottom. I did it in high school and when I got to Central Florida. I had to work my way up. The cream of the crop always rises and eventually the story will be told.''
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