Gus Poyet's side have struggled for goals this season and Smith is worried by the fact that they have set up to avoid defeat rather than to win on too many occasions this season.
Sunderland have scored the second fewest goals of any side in the Premier League this campaign and Smith doesn't think that will change unless they start showing some more attacking intent.
“They don't win enough games and it feels like they set themselves up not to lose and play for a draw rather than attacking teams," he said.
“Obviously you're going to have to do that if you're playing sides in the top six but there needs to be a balance.
“They're playing against sides around them in the table and those sides are having more of the ball and more shots on target, which is a big concern."
Poyet knows that Sunderland's lack of goals is an issue and he has tried to come up with a number of different solutions to the problem.
The Uruguayan boss has tinkered with different formations and he even brought in Jermain Defoe in January, as they looked to recruit a proven scorer.
So far Defoe hasn't had the desired impact, though, and his tally of two goals in nine games has not been able to fire the side up the Premier League table.
As a result Sunderland are still in trouble and unless their attack-minded players start delivering they won't be able to climb away from the drop-zone.