However not everyone seems to be a fan.
Former extensive receiver Steve Smith Sr., who performed underneath Rivera for 3 seasons in Carolina, ripped the brand new Redskins coach for doing so throughout a radio interview with WFZN Sports activities.
“Coach Rivera goes as much as Washington, what does he do? Takes away the ping pong table,” Smith mentioned. “C’mon now, actually. That’s the most important impression we’re going to make? Actually? The ping pong table and the shuffleboard?”
Sometimes over the previous few years, the Redskins’ option to have ping pong within the locker room got here underneath hearth from followers and native radio hosts as critics argued it was an instance of the group not focusing sufficient on soccer.
Smith additionally ripped the Redskins’ choice to rent Scott Turner, the son of Norv Turner, as their offensive coordinator. Scott Turner and Steve Smith overlapped one 12 months in Carolina, when Turner started his teaching profession as an offensive high quality management coach in 2011.
“You’re going to rent the identical weak a— offensive coordinator that you just had in Carolina?” Smith mentioned.
Turner turned the Panthers’ coordinator solely after Rivera was fired final month.
In whole, Smith spent 13 seasons with the Panthers earlier than the group launched him in 2014. After taking part in three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Smith retired in 2017 and now’s an analyst for NFL Community.