when Mr Softie was benched for fighting with Thurman and whiffing on tackles your grandmother could easily make, Eric Smith played his position and did just fine. He tackled people and wasn't that horrible in coverage. In fact, Mr Softie for all his reputation was pretty awful in coverage arriving way too late in deep coverage most of the time or not at all. Maybe it was because he was thinking about his movie career, maybe he was tweeting during the play or whatever but IMO Smith was just as good if not better when given the opportunity because of Mr Softie's benching.
Maybe it was Rex and Pettine and Thurman's view too.
Who knows.... another bad apple gone, exiled to Bidwell-land where he will never get another big contract like the one he was resting his laurels and his inflated ego on with the Jets.