That was his message about the Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2) during Wednesday's SEC football teleconference.
"I think for the most part this comes at a good time for us," Smith said. "You can kind of look at bye weeks two different ways. "…If you've got a lot of momentum going, sometimes it's not a good time to have one.
"But at the same time it is good to get healthy," Smith added. "We are going to look at it from the positive standpoint - that it is a good time to get healthy and we are going to go to the field and a lot of our young ones are going to get an extra week of practice and an opportunity to get better."
Arkansas has won its last two games, but those victories were over two teams which are a combined 2-11 overall and 0-8 in SEC action.
"We have to improve in all aspects so we are going to look at it as a positive and go to the practice field and get better, better, better," Smith said.
Arkansas will host Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2) – also with an open date this weekend - at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 27th.
"Having to play Ole Miss next weekend in Little Rock is going to be a test so we need the extra time to prepare for those guys," Smith said. "It will also give us time to get out and do some recruiting."
The Razorbacks coaches will indeed hit the recruiting trail on Thursday and then regroup in Fayetteville on Saturday to continue preparing for the Rebels, who just beat visiting Auburn 41-27 for their first SEC win since 2010.
They will do so likely with the return of senior tight end Chris Gragg, who has been out the last few weeks.
Gragg, one of the nation's best college tight ends, is practicing on a limited basis this week.
"Gragg is practicing, but he is not in the mix full-time yet," Smith said. "We are going to bring him along as gradually as we can so we will just have to see. He is starting to get more and more (reps). Now we will just have to see how sore he is and if he is going to be fine and all of those things.
"All of those things have yet to be answered because yesterday was the most he's done in a few weeks," Smith added. "… Hopefully everything will be good and he won't be too stiff or too sore and we can get him worked in more and more each day."
That was the case with sophomore cornerback Tevin Mitchel, who was injured in the second game of the season and did not return until last week.
While he and fellow cornerback Kaelon Kellybrew were out, freshmen Will Hines and Davyon McKinney got valuable experience and the Razorback secondary now has more quality depth.
"Tevin is definitely going to step in and be playing, of course, but Hines and McKinney give us some time to split up with those guys and get them better," Smith said. "Hines is doing a great job as is McKinney, as is getting Kellybrew back. That has helped us, but we have had to take some time away from Kellybrew's corner to play him at the nickel.
"Tevin is going to be in there full-time, he's healthy and going to practice every and he goes to practice looking like he wants to hit people and that is a real good sign coming back from getting dinged a little bit," Smith added.
One factor in the turnaround the last two weeks has been the effort on and off the field of senior tailback Dennis Johnson, who has responded positively to a talk he had with Smith.
"He is going to come up and step up against guys that are good players," Smith said. "I really like – and I keep reiterating myself over the past few weeks - how positive Dennis has been, how much of a help he's been on the practice field, how his demeanor, his body language, everything about him has changed, and he is being positive not only when he's out there competing and playing, but when he is on the sideline and out there at practice.
"I really have to pat Dennis on the back because Dennis has gone through almost a complete 90-degree turn," Smith added, "because we sit down and had a little talk about his demeanor and how he has to help everybody else and all of those things. He took it to heart and has done a great job. I love him."
While last Saturday's 49–7 weather-shortened win over Kentucky was pleasing to the head coach, he would like to have played through the third quarter and gotten his younger players some snaps.
"We thought we were going to be able to play a lot of young people last week and the only negative thing is you weren't able to get them in and get them a lot of reps," Smith said. "So going into this week we have to keep those guys growing and we have to keep all of those guys maturing because we are going to need them. I think that is a vital part of this week for us."
Smith admits the Arkansas-Kentucky game – which ended with just over five minutes left in the third quarter due to lightning - was the strangest game that he has ever been a part of the during his long coaching career.
"In over 40 years I've never been through one like that in my life," Smith said. "I guess it goes down as the strangest game that I've ever coached in... We would've been lucky to have been able to get back on the field at 1 o'clock in the morning."