About an hour into the Panthers' practice, Rivera stopped the drills, gathered his players around him and lit into them for a lack of effort.
The Panthers were in shorts and shoulder pads, and Rivera thought some of his players were going through the motions.
"I wanted to make sure people understand the way you've got to practice. We're starting to back off now looking to game time. ... I wanted to make the point that a lot of opportunities are being passed up by not practicing hard," Rivera said afterward.
"Just because we back down doesn't mean we don't practice hard. We don't want the big collisions because we're not in full pads. But to do what we did for two periods and basically waste that time, that was disappointing."
Rivera said he was speaking to veterans and young players. But he wanted the young guys to know that last year the Panthers used 17 extra players because of injuries, and many of them were signed off the practice squad.
Rivera thought the tempo improved after his talk. There was no punitive running after the practice.
Rivera Gathers Players, Rips Team For Lack Of Effort In Practice
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:48 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:04 PM
Reporter: "Coach Fox, it seemed the players lacked intensity today in practice. Any particular reason why?"
Fox: "It is what it is sometimes."
Oh how the direction of this franchise has turned. RivERA
Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:12 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:14 PM
good for him.
I'd imagine players listen to him when he barks, especially given the fact that he has a ring and was a key cog in one of the most dominant defenses ever assembled
I don't think he was necessarily a 'key cog' per se, wasn't he a backup?
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