Smitty is a captain of this team and probably the most frustrated guy in the locker room for a number of reasons. If Rivera was going to round up some guys for a sounding board why wouldnt smitty be in on the action?
The answer could be as simple as smitty was out of town and couldnt make it. Or, it could be a little more sinister and give us a glimpse into the direction this relationship may be heading; i.e. not caring too much about what smitty thinks, take it or leave it.
I would think a new coach would want to get all the big hitters in his corner if he is going to talk with players before a presser.
With Goodson coming along nicely this season, and Stew not getting many reps, is it possible that the FO is strongly considering thier options about re-signing DeAngelo?
They are obviously rather committed to Sutton as well, since it was rumored he was trying to be aquired by other teams for draft picks and the FO didnt even consider it.
I wonder if they are getting comfortable with the idea of a Stew, Goodson and Sutton committee. By keeping Stew's reps down, they are making sure he is getting 100%, so he may be able to carry the load if need be.
just a thought, i would hate to see D-will leave this team, he is one of my favorite guys and is the best RB our team has ever had. but, i can see a scenario where he is traded.