I think his poor showing in the Senior Bowl really sealed the deal with teams. There was alot riding on that one game and he didn't play very well.
Smart lost the benefit of the doubt when he stuck with Fromm. His record with QBs has been suspect. Without the Fields debacle, I would probably buy that Daniels's knee wasn't ready.
I'll 100% with you IF we find out his knee was fine all along. Otherwise, it's frustrating, but I'm ok with letting a student athlete fully heal before putting them back on the field.
I think they mean (specifically) chase off as in not playing Justin Fields because he may not have known the playbook as well as Fromm. I'm pretty sure he left because he knew he was better. We ALL knew he was better.