Many are complimentary of latest Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and his teaching ways that largely revolve round treating the workforce as household. Nonetheless, some aren’t. A former receiver of his with the Carolina Panthers, Steve Smith, blasted Rivera on Wednesday on a Carolina-based radio present.
Smith, who performed below Rivera for 3 seasons, doesn’t like how Rivera took out the ping pong table at his new employer, the Redskins.
“Coach Rivera goes up to Washington, what does he do? Takes away the ping pong table,” Smith stated on WFNZ Sports activities Radio, by way of Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports activities Washington. “C’mon now, actually. That’s the largest affect we’re going to make? Actually? The ping pong table and the shuffleboard?”
Rivera joined the Redskins as head coach on the conclusion of their 2019 season. The elimination of the ping pong table was extra symbolic than anything — as he tries to rebuild a tradition that received accustomed to shedding in recent times.
Smith’s qualms with Rivera don’t finish at a ping pong table. He additionally questioned the hiring of Scott Turner as offensive coordinator.
“You’re going to rent the identical weak a– offensive coordinator that you simply had in Carolina?” Smith requested, referring to Rivera’s determination.
Turner is the son of former Redskins coach Norv Turner. He served because the offensive coordinator of the Panthers after Carolina fired Rivera.
Solely time will inform if Rivera’s selections within the nation’s capital repay. Nonetheless, for now, one of many best gamers he ever coached is something however pleased with him.