For the second time this training camp, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stopped practice to light a fire under his team. This time, it was the third string offense that caught his attention, and not in a positive way. The expletives flew as Rivera let his team have it.
After practice, Rivera said the team was “not being very smart”.
“We missed a couple of alignments early on, and more so than anything else that really bothered me” Rivera said. “Mostly the young guys, and that is even more troublesome because they are the ones that will get the bulk of the work.”
The Carolina Panthers face the Baltimore Ravens this Thursday night. Rivera wants to make sure the young players are focused, as they will receive the bulk of the snaps in the game. The first string players for the Panthers could see as little as a single series in the game.
“I wanted to make sure they understood, that hey guys that’s not good enough” Rivera said. “You are going to come out and you’re not going to know where to line up and you are going to get the crap kicked out of you. And I wasn’t going to have it.
Rivera’s message to the younger players on the Carolina Panthers roster? “Baltimore doesn’t care. They’re going to come right at you”.
This was the second time Rivera has felt the need to stop practice and refocus the players. The first time occurred last week. Hopefully for Carolina Panthers fans, this does not become a trend.