Steve Smith does not approve of Ron Rivera hiring Scott Turner or his removal of the ping pong table


Former Panthers star huge receiver Steve Smith Sr. spent three seasons in Carolina beneath new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera. 

However on Wednesday, Smith went out of his solution to take a number of photographs at a few of the selections Rivera has made throughout his brief time in Washington when discussing new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on WFNZ Sports Radio.

“Coach Rivera goes as much as Washington, what does he do? Takes away the ping pong table,” Smith stated.¬†“C’mon now, actually. That is the largest influence we will make? Actually? The ping pong table and the shuffleboard?”

The ping pong table had been a staple within the Redskins locker room for numerous years beneath former head coach Jay Gruden. Gamers have been typically seen participating in aggressive competitors earlier than and after apply, and it turned a mainstay within the locker room.

However the table, together with the shuffleboard table,¬†was removed from the locker room virtually instantly following Rivera’s hiring, because the 58-year-old makes an attempt to show the tradition round in Washington.

On Tuesday, Scott Turner accepted the Redskins offensive coordinator job, and the staff made the transfer official on Wednesday. Turner had beforehand been the quarterbacks coach in Carolina beneath Rivera, and mockingly, was promoted to offensive coordinator in December after Rivera was fired.

Smith was not a fan of that rent from Rivera, both.

“You are going to rent the identical weak a– offensive coordinator that you simply had in Carolina?” Smith requested, referring to Rivera’s determination.

The five-time Professional Bowler was not finished there. Smith went on to say that with the Redskins normal supervisor place nonetheless vacant, much more accountability falls on Rivera’s shoulders. And if eradicating the ping pong table is the largest change the brand new head coach has made, issues aren’t going to vary a lot within the nation’s capital.

“I am simply saying, you do not have a normal supervisor,” Smith stated.¬†“You are the brand new coach and the largest influence you make is the ping pong table?”

Solely time will inform if Rivera is ready to flip issues round in Washington, however Smith doesn’t suppose he is off to an important begin.

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