Ron Rivera had to do something last week he had probably never done in 16 years of coaching: Kick players out of the team facility for studying too long.
Rivera, the Panthers’ second-year coach, learned there were players who had been at Bank of America Stadium last Monday longer than the six-hour limit spelled out in the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.
So Rivera stuck his head in the first-floor meeting rooms to break the bad news.
“I went downstairs and said, ‘OK, everybody who’s been here since 7, you’ve got to go,’” Rivera said. “So those guys got up and left.”
I love the effort. This is exactly what the team needs, players that want it and want it bad. I hate how the time limit rules are getting in the way though.
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